Just a short walk from the Riverside Arts Festival on Saturdays under the bridge, is the amazing Cummer Museum and outdoor riverside garden. With a cross-section of great works across the ages and styles in the permanent collection and an engaging children's hands on museum (touch sculptures on a giant timeline, make a self portrait on clear lucite, handprints in nails, crayon rubbings or dance to music and make motion art in color and shadow on the walls) or watch a film on an artist. We are members and visit regularly to see the typical two rotating exhibitions. Some past favorites included giant Impression painting statues you could pose with in lifesize painting backdrops, California Impressionists displayed on lavendar walls, turn of the century original large posters from local movie/film studios, detailed medical procedure drawings (sponsored by Mayo) and sketches and paintings of car designs (including real cars) with amazing perspective. A portion of the founder's home is also preserved.
Summer camp is great for young budding artists and young children can enjoy special art projects to do with a mom by reservation.
The museum is often open Tuesday evenings without a charge and offers several Family Days with live music and art special events and concerts. They recently partnered with a local acting group to present a mainstage play about artists in coal mines in England based on a true story and there are pay-as you-go art lectures and many classes available. The small cafe has excellent refreshments and the store offers nice children's gifts.
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