The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
4.5
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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 Museum's permanent collection has grown to over six thousand works of art encompassing eight thousand years of art history.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Retired and traveling
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful art and garden
    They currently have a wonderful exhibit of flamingos in the gardens. Great views of the river and the art work was wonderful. There is free parking just across the street. They have a nice gift shop and a small cafe.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Viki C
    Jacksonville, Florida196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely art collection, romantic gardens
    I am so fortunate to live in Jacksonville and can visit this wonderful museum any time! The collection in interesting and well curated. An added bonus are the beautiful riverfront gardens. If you are looking for a way to spend some time and something not only cultural but so pleasant, do not hesitate.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Wabe
    Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, Sophisticated, Inclusive Museum
    This museum is located in the Riverside area of Jacksonville. There are restaurants, bars, and cafes nearby. Moreover, there are many beautiful historic homes within walking distance. The museum appears to be spacious enough to accommodate people of all ages and capacities. For example, I witnessed an entrance for persons with ambulatory challenges, and I saw an employee helping a person who appeared to have visual and verbal challenges. Also, this museum offers free parking in the lot opposite the main entrance. I visited the Cummer Museum for the first time on January 15, 2024. The museum exceeded my expectations because it was esthetically beautiful and full of amazing art. I appreciated the scavenger hunt, which created an interactive experience with the art and between visitors. The gift shop was as well stocked as the gift shop at the Met in NYC. While the environment is sophisticated, the energy felt inclusive. For example, there were employees in the galleries who happily made suggestions when she noticed a visitor expressing appreciation for a particular piece of art. The front desk were friendly and professional, too. The facility appeared spotless. Overall, this visit was a dignified and fulfilling experience and was worth the admission fee. I plan to visit again and highly recommend it to others.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 16, 2024
  • Frank Williams
    New York City, New York156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect size Museum - plus amazing Florida Gardens
    This Museum is a must see. In Riverside area of Jacksonville, right on the St. John's River (the River flows NORTH!) . The Gardens are beautiful! The best time to view the gardens is between Mid March and December. The Cummer Oak is the Largest Live Oak you will ever see, The Garden director has done an amazing job on the gardens, including Florida Tropicals and natives. The Museum is the perfect size to see everything in a few hours. My son's love the historic posters of the South, and the Italian 1500's art. The cafe at the Museum is excellent, we always plan on Lunch there.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 28, 2024
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John C
Christiansted, St. Croix54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My spouse and I toured the Cummer Museum of Art in mid-January (2020). This is a small, but intimate museum with some very well defined and placed galleries. I liked it because it is a museum you can see the entirety of in about 3 hours. The galleries are clean and well lit. The attenuating gardens are lovely and a nice little outdoor space to get some fresh air. They also have an indoor/outdoor dining concession with very reasonable prices. Overall, we spent the morning there and ate lunch before venturing over into Five Points area to house gaze. Wonderful venue and I recommend it highly.
Written February 1, 2020
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rev_angie
Cherokee Village, AR153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
You out have got to see this. We went on Tuesday after 4:00 pm when they have free admission. We will have to go back another time. So much to take in! Who knew we would see Rembrandt works there! Who also knew that we would see a large piece of art made entirely of flies!?!?!?!? My only complaint was that people need to be more aware of people around them and be respectful of each other. That was not the fault of the museum. Take the time to visit. You won’t be disappointed.
Written December 30, 2021
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MKH
Gettysburg, PA130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
BLUF: Perfect size and amount of variety, reasonably priced, ample parking. Recommended.

I've taken my family to art museums from tiny places that were mostly just a gallery to the Louvre. I find that a place like Cummer is about perfect for a family/group with varying amounts of interest in art. It's enough that there is plenty to see and experience but not so much you get "great art fatigue". The gardens really add to the experience of variety as well. I found the experience of the visit well worth the cost of admission. I'm still enchanted by the gardens several days after our visit and am frequently viewing photos of a few paintings I particularly enjoyed.

The staff was friendly, especially the lady running the "pop up store" doing the clearance sales.

I truly appreciated the offers extended to health care workers and first responders.

They are doing COVID precautions and are requiring masks, at least as of October 2020.
Written October 19, 2020
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Lorna B.
Bechtelsville, PA766 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited here in late December while in the area to explore St. Augustine for three days. This is not a huge museum, but it has various enjoyable galleries. Our timing was fortunate in that we caught their special Tiffany exhibit. (Being a fan of Tiffany, we had visited the Morse Museum in Winter Park—reviewed separately—just a few days previously.) I also enjoyed the collections of china and porcelain.

My favorite exhibit was the art timeline displayed on a large wall, which depicted the history of the arts throughout human civilization; it gives one a quick education on the topic and was complemented by a global timeline on the floor right near it. However, due to its location in the “interactive center,” which was a bit noisy, I found it hard to concentrate on it; likewise, trying to watch the video in that room over the noise was also difficult.

The Italian- and English-style gardens behind the museum building go down to the river; they were not at their best during our visit, as the sunken pool was dug up for renovation, and there wasn't much color. We did relax for a spell in some comfy chairs that the museum made available for sitting by the river.

All in all, we spent about an hour viewing the galleries plus another 15-30 minutes to stroll the gardens. We also ate lunch at the museum café; the menu was very limited and the food was OK (not great). We appreciated the free parking lot right across the street from the museum; plus we had free admission through our NARM and AHS memberships.
Written January 27, 2020
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Ms Boss
Jacksonville, FL1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I Wanted my children to come out to enjoy some art and learn some American History. About 5 minutes into the visit that idea was interrupted by a guard who later told me his name was Arthur. While leaning in to examine some of the details on an art piece my 7 year was approached by this guard and told to remain 3 feet away from the art. First, he was erroneous in approaching my minor child, who I was just inches away from, but I brushed it off and we kept enjoying the art. I began to notice that this guard was circling us in each room we went to, I attempted to pay it no mind and we kept reading and examining the pieces. Moving room to room I continued to notice Arthur. I made sure that my children were not touching any of the pieces and remained an appropriate distance. Arthur again approached us, this time my 14 year old, who wears glasses and was leaning in to read the descriptive placard, and told her to remain 3 feet from the art. All the while I noticed no one else in the museum 3 feet from the art, nor any signage with that statement. The last straw was when we went to watch a video linked to the Zanele Muholi exhibit and he peeked his head into the room. I approached him and asked his name. Personally I never met, Ninah Cummer, but I imagine she did not envision her art collection being enjoyed from 3 feet away. I truly believe, my children and I being one of only a few African Americans at the exhibit that day played a role in Arthur ( who also is African American) Harassing and Stalking us throughout our experience and taking away from our attempt at art appreciation.
Written June 7, 2021
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Teryn S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A friend of mine brought took me once and I fell in love! I've been back a few times to see different exhibits and for their special nights, I'm always amazed at the artwork. The views of the city are beautiful out in the gardens when the sun is setting. I would definitely recommend visiting if you haven't.
Written November 15, 2021
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FranMan55
Morristown, NJ109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My spouse is the art fan and I dutifully toured this museum with her and enjoyed it. A little bit of everything, and some of the history notes/info on the area and collections were informative. An unexpected find was the weekend farmers market type event with many food stalls and other things just down the street.
Written February 7, 2020
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Paul C
Jacksonville, FL374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Came to se the Tiffany glass collection. We had an unexpected surprise when we discovered they had decorated the outdoor spaces, included music and a bar tender. It was a great evening and the glass was better than we’d heard.
Written March 6, 2020
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Wanda R
Greenfield, WI728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I will admit I did not enjoy all the art. However there is a wonderful variety so much so that we spent 3 hours there. We really enjoyed ourselves. The gardens are also quite wonderful. The flamingos are amazing. Make sure you visit the museum on a day you can go outside to take in the beauty. The museum is very clean. The staff is very friendly and helpful. There is free parking across the street. Their fees just increased so senior admittance is now $15 instead of $10. A very enjoyable experience and we are so glad we visited.
Written April 11, 2023
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Arthur Ratliff
Decatur, GA162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We liked the museum and the gardens. We were surprised as to then number and quality of exhibits for such a small museum. It is located in a very pleasant neighborhood.

We also liked the fact the the artwork was very inclusive of many cultures.

We didn't like the fact that one of the security guards followed us around, almost to the point of stalking.
Written March 7, 2021
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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Tue 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Wed - Thu 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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