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“Treasure trove of changing and permanent exhibits and events”

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Ranked #3 of 176 things to do in Jacksonville
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Owner description: Our mission is to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens and education.The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, built on the site of the home of Arthur and Ninah Cummer, opened its doors November 10, 1961. From Ninah Cummer's relatively small collection of sixty pieces that launched the museum, The Cummer's permanent collection has grown to over six thousand works of art encompassing eight thousand years of art history.
Reviewed 19 November 2013

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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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Honestly, this is a gem of a museum that seems to be emerging from a bit of an ordinary old fashioned place into a modern showplace of art, sculpture and garden on the river. It has a worthy permanent collection, periodic exhibitions of local and regional artists too. The facade and entry is recently upgraded and remodeled to enhance the first impression (compared to a former gravel parking lot!). There are numerous children's activities too. Overall an asset worthy of several hours at least; take a guide or docent to really learn the history of the pieces too.

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Having been coming here for years. Love the ever changing galleries and special exhibits. Always something new to see. The new expansion and parking lot were much needed and a welcome addition. Take time to stroll the gardens~

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

I was on a business trip in Jacksonville and had a few hours to go explore. I looked up things to do in Jacksonville and saw the Cummer Museum. I decided to go and explore it a bit. It was lovely! It was quiet which allowed for time to look at each piece and enjoy the different pieces of art on display. One of the security guards was nice enough to show me a few pieces and explain about them. He also was sweet enough to show me the video about the family that began the collection. I spent a few hours here including time in the garden and enjoyed every moment. The gardens were lovely and there were plenty of places to sit and enjoy the scenery.I would say it was my favorite part of my trip! A gem in Jacksonville!

Thank Taylor H
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Nice local museum. Great gardens behind the museum. The cafe was a total surprise. My wife had the turkey club and said it was the best club sandwich she ever had! I enjoyed the roast beef au jobs. Good location. Easy parking

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