The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

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The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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 Cummer's permanent collection has grown to over six thousand works of art encompassing eight thousand years of art history.
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Crystal N
Warner Robins, GA303 contributions
Pictures don't do it justice!
Jul 2021
We came here to spare some time while waiting on dinner reservations. We are sure glad we did! We came on a Friday evening and it was free to enter. We toured the museum, saw beautiful pieces of art and the most fascinating was a few pieces that dated back over 4000 years old! The gardens were absolutely beautiful and had it not been recently raining, we would've enjoyed it even more. It was humid as usual but the views across the river were spectacular. They had a live band playing classic jazz hits and the event was lively and enjoyable for the entire family.
Written July 11, 2021
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N D
Waxhaw, NC64 contributions
Interesting place to visit - the tree is several hundred years old, and art is great!
May 2021
Interesting place to visit - the tree is several hundred years old, and the art is great! park on the opposite side of the road. The museum is good. If you are a healthcare worker, you do get a discount.
Written July 5, 2021
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Larry E
4 contributions
Great gift shop
Jun 2021
We really like the gift shop and the back garden area. To a great place to spend time when the weather is nice.
Written June 20, 2021
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,197 contributions
A Treat and a Retreat
May 2021
This museum is a real treat, with a decent collection of art through the ages from ancient, through Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Impressionist, to Modern, with first-rate curatorship and pleasant gardens. I’ll discuss Cummer’s collections and gardens; with a tip on how to best enjoy them, an approach that, alas, you can’t do in the Louvre or the British Museum.

The Ancient Art gallery is minimalist: one small cabinet of Egyptian artifacts and another of Classical works. However, the pieces they do have are rather interesting. I’ve been to the famous museums in Cairo and Luxor, and to at least 20 museums in Rome, but I still found some of the pieces here to be intriguing. The same is true of their collection of Medieval works. Don’t expect the Bayeux Tapestry, but they do have some excellent works.

The quantity improves once you get to the Renaissance, and it peaks at 17th and 18th century art. These are the museum’s strongest suit. Don’t expect the Birth of Venus or Mona Lisa. But you will see at least one painting by many of the most famous Renaissance and Baroque artists, and some first-rate paintings by less famous artists of these periods.

The Cummer has a very extensive collection of Meissen porcelain. My tastes in porcelain are Asian: Sung celadon for purity of form, and Tang dynasty horses and camels; I’m not much of a fan of Limoges, Wedgewood, or Meissen. Nevertheless, I was quite impressed by Cummer’s collection.
Meissen started out at the dawn of the 18th century creating European copies of the then-current Ming blue-and-white ware, the first Europeans to master the craft; and Meissen soon morphed into European designs. The museum provides interesting information, and points out notable features of the various pieces in this world-class collection. I walked out with a much greater appreciation of Meissenware than I had when I walked in.

The Hicks collection of late 18th & early 19th American art is impressive, whereas the late 19th century European collection is Impressionist (pun intended). In general, the painting collections are all good: lots of second-rate paintings by world-famous first-rate artists, and lots of first-rate paintings by lesser-known second-rate artists. This would be an excellent museum to take teen-agers to, since it covers such a wide range of artistic periods.

For me, what really set Cummer apart from the vast majority of other art museums are the gardens: the English Garden, the Italian Garden and the Olmsted Garden. It’s all one garden of course, not three, for the same reason that a single garden can combine a rose garden, an orchid garden, and a tree-lined allée (pines in Rome, palms in Rio). So you could call it one garden with three genres, or three disparate ones, as they prefer. Either way, the look and feel of the Italian garden is quite different from that of the areas on either side of it. The gardens have various nooks and crannies: some high, some low, some shaded, some sunny; they have benches and lawn chairs here, there and everywhere, providing a wide range of different vistas, azaleas here, a fountain there, a statue of Diana round the bend, secluded little nooks and grand views of the Saint John’s, most of them morphing during the course of the day as the sun changes its azimuth.

This gives you a splendid advantage that you don’t have in other art museums, one I recommend you try. Instead of walking along from painting to painting, from ancient art to contemporary, do one or two rooms, and then wander off to the garden for a break. Then do, say, 18th century and Miessen, and head back to the garden and sit in a different area for while. Alternate back and forth. We found this to be a grand way to refresh ourselves and get the most out of both the galleries and the gardens. It would be like getting a ticket to the Louvre that allowed you to take an unlimited number of breaks in the Tuileries, or a ticket to the British Museum with rest breaks in Hyde Park. Sorry, you don’t get that option at the Louvre or the British Museum. But you automatically get it here! To pull it off, just arrive at the museum at 10:00, on a day when it isn’t pouring.

Bottom line: I’m giving Cummer a 5, Excellent, and recommend you give it a go.
Written June 17, 2021
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abcdnike
Omaha, NE2 contributions
Definitely worth a trip
Jun 2021 • Friends
The museum offers a diverse range of beautiful pieces of art and covers different periods. The gardens are simply stunning and the café is great too.
Written June 11, 2021
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Ms Boss
Jacksonville, FL1 contribution
Harassed by the help
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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DeeAnn M
Greenville, SC708 contributions
Wonderful
May 2021
This museum was such a pleasant surprise. The art here was amazing and the outdoor garden is so lovely. What a beautiful setting on the water with a city backdrop. The flowers were blooming and the gardens have many walkways and benches to sit and enjoy the surroundings. The admission price is fair and this attraction is quite impressive. They even have a bistro for lunch if you want to enjoy a nice meal during the visit. Guests are advised to wear masks and social distancing is observed. I highly recommend The Cummer Museum. Parking is easy and free at a lot across the street.
Written June 6, 2021
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Barbie S
Indianapolis, IN24 contributions
petals and paintings - - an odd combo
May 2021
man, I just hate to be harsh here, but I don't get what this is about? The museum itself seemed to have sporadic artwork. Some artifacts, some cultural exhibits, some paintings, but it was all inconsistent. Like I kept asking myself "what is the theme here?".

the garden was sweet. Very cozy and cute with a variety of garden types - American, Italian, English (I think.....). Very nice grounds and courtyard.
Written June 1, 2021
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delospoppy
New York City, NY378 contributions
A very nice morning enjoying art and gardens
Apr 2021
The Cummer Museum is a nice relaxing museum. They have a very versatile selection of art. It's not so large that you feel like you have to run through it. The Gardens are incredible in the Spring and probably most of the year. The cafe is nice just in-case you want a bite to eat and their gift shop is lovely. Get tickets in advance.
Written May 23, 2021
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phyllis667
Bradenton, FL178 contributions
Incredible
May 2021
Wow! Best museum besides Ringling in Sarasota. Outdoor gardens are beautiful. Inside so much wonderful art.
Written May 9, 2021
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The Cummer Museum of Art and 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