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Private Art & Culture Tour in Tortola Virgin Islands

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From $105.00

6 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: British Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This is the only Tour of its kind available on Tortola which showcases prominent practicing Artists and their work. Small, private groups keep this tour very intimate and interactive which allows you to develop a bond with the artists/guides. The added option features of bread baking(*Must book 2 days in advance for bread baking option*) and clay play allows for great fun, memorable experiences and good photo opportunities! On this tour you will have a true Virgin Island experience as the guides/artists are locals who are passionate about their craft and islands. Having the chance to view and purchase beautiful, authentic local art work created by locals is sadly becoming a rare thing in The Virgin Islands but this tour gives you that chance!

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bottled water

Seating - customize your tour by selecting forward facing seating or sit facing each other

What's Not Included

*Added Option* - Clay play for $12 at Pottery Garden

*Added Option* at Jenesis Studio - Bread Baking for $20(must book 2 days in advance for this option)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 1 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 10
  • ADULT: Age: 11 - 100

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Local Artist Reuben Vanterpool takes you on a cultural journey guiding you through his garden, museum/gallery & traditional oven bakery. Here you can get a taste of Virgin Island life before the 1960's. The facility also includes a mini gift shop & snacket.
Mr. Vanterpool is one of the most prominent Artist in the Virgin Is. practicing for over 45 years and mainly works in oil/acrylic on canvas. Many of his beautiful paintings illustrates the early life and culture of the Virgin Is.
Jenesis Studios is truly a gem of culture and is well worth the visit.

*Added Option* - Bread Baking
Observe baking in a traditional oven and sample the goods when complete, along with other goodies! +$20

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

The Pottery Garden
Local Ceramic Artist Karl Burnett shows you around his pottery grounds "The Pottery Garden" where you'll be immersed in an "earthmade experience".
Karl explains his journey as a mainly self taught potter, talks about his making processes and explains his impressive wood fired kiln which is covered in local stone.
Take a guided walk through his workshop where the excitement kicks up a notch with live demonstrations on the potter's wheel and other pottery production techniques!
After seeing how the pots are made browse around the quaint studio gallery featuring Karl's handmade pieces for sale where you can purchase a keepsake to remember your visit.
Karl Burnett is the best known and only local potter in practice on Tortola.
The Pottery Garden is a pottery studio placed in a tropical garden just a few minutes away from beautiful Josiah's Bay beach and is an experience you won't regret!
*Added Option* - Clay play
Get a try at the wheel during the demo section of the tour + $5

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Sightseeing & stops at points of interest

Take in beautiful views and learn Virgin Islands history and culture on a relaxing drive between studios.
See a historical ruin and visit the salt pond at Josiah's bay where you can see flamingos and other bird life(binoculars included).

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Fantastic local art experience!
Stacy T, 10-07-2022
This was a fantastic and personalized tour. The owner of the Pottery Garden was very communicative even when I hadn’t returned his message until after 10 PM the night before. He was on time, informative, friendly, and helpful as we navigated around the island. I met his wife at the studio and they were both very warm and inviting, teaching the ins and outs of pottery making as well as showing me around their garden and many fruit trees. I had such a good lesson I was able to successfully create my first clay pot on a wheel and for a small charge they offered to fire it and ship it back to the States for me directly!! I also purchased a handmade clay water whistle from their gallery which sounds magical like birds chirping!

We then went to see Mr. Vanderpool at his museum and gallery for a deep dive into the Tortola before tourism. I got intimate, first hand accounts of his life growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, saw his amazing paintings, and toured his extensive garden of local and interesting plants and trees. He was able to paint a literal and figurative picture of what life was like here just 60 years ago. Mr. Vanderpool lived up to his reputation as a local legend and left me with a mango from his tree and gooseberry juice!
Fantastic experience !
805carissag, 24-06-2022
I had the best time on the arts and culture tour! Karl is super friendly and knowledgeable being a Tortola native. Jenesis studios is quite the little gem. Rueben’s artwork is beautiful and really showcases the richness and culture of the islands. It was lovely meeting the Vanterpools and exploring their garden. The pottery garden is a fabulous studio, Karl is a master at his craft, and a great teacher for those who want to learn what pottery is all about, Highly recommend!
Amazing Trip
Cloudywithsun, 02-02-2022
Group of friends, first time visiting. We did a trip around the island, Karl was great he showed us loads of art, met with artist and we even got make pottery. Overall 10/10 amazing experience
Couples Day Tour
Venture45547128925, 19-01-2022
My husband and I booked this tour directly with Karl. It was such a wonderful experience learning about the culture and history of Tortola. We did a driving tour of the island, explored a local museum and gallery, then finished off the tour with pottery and clay play at his studio. Karl’s love of pottery and the island is infectious! Highly recommend this tour!
Pottery Garden visit
travelratervideos, 04-01-2022
We traveled on New Year's day so the art studio was not open but spent a wonderful day at the Pottery Garden. We were picked up from our cruise ship and got an island tour on the way there. The studio is in a garden setting with a showroom and a work area. We were able to have fun with clay and try the potter's wheel. On the way back, we stopped to see a beach and learned more history. Definitely a nice way to break up a trip with many beach stops and great during inclement weather. Everyone had a great time.