The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

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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Jody R
Beach Haven, NJ44 contributions
What a gem!
Mar 2021 • Couples
The selection of art displayed along with the beautifully manicured gardens makes this museum a must see. A lovely few hours.
Written March 31, 2021
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Arthur Ratliff
Decatur, GA125 contributions
Excellent choice. Must visit for Jacksonville.
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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champangedreamz
Boston, MA278 contributions
sweet musuem
Feb 2021
We stopped here while waiting for a flight from JAX. Small and offers a good variety of pieces, new and old, local artists. Rain prevented us from enjoying the gardens.
Written February 21, 2021
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Angie J
Jacksonville, FL5 contributions
Hidden Gem in Jax
Sep 2020 • Couples
Don’t miss out on this museum. Beautiful gardens on the river and free admission Tuesday and Friday from 4-9. Bigger than it seems and switches out some artworks to keep fresh things to look at and learn about. COVID precautions require you to RSVP for a time slot to limit the people in the museum at one time. Also mandatory masks.
Written December 22, 2020
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Zeljko Causevic
Jacksonville, FL5 contributions
Museum of art and gardens
Dec 2020 • Solo
Wonderfull place to explore especially gardens and beautiful St.John's riverwalk views for visitors.
Written December 13, 2020
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ABPV
Jacksonville, FL62 contributions
Sunset Garden Picnic is Delightful
Nov 2020
My wife and I recently did a Friday night Sunset Garden Picnic. It was the perfect way to get out and around other people, while remaining socially distant, and to enjoy the beautiful museum and gardens. Plenty of adirondack chairs dotting the property, everyone respectfully wore masks indoors, and string lights and music completed the ambience. A wonderful Friday night experience that we will definitely do again.
Written November 15, 2020
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MKH
Gettysburg, PA130 contributions
Well worth the cost of admission.
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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Steve P
Jacksonville Beach, FL1 contribution
Best place to spend the afternoon in Jacksonville
Aug 2020
This is a museum that is a masterpiece in its self. The artwork is top of the line with new shows all the time
The grounds are amazing and the view of the river one of the best
Written October 14, 2020
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Sharon A
Jacksonville, FL13 contributions
Serenity, culture and river views
Aug 2020
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens has been a favorite since our children were younger, and now we take the grandchildren. The Museum is free Tuesday and Friday from 4-9 PM, and the Cafe has a decent selection of food and drink with musicians playing under the trees. We took the grandchildren last summer and they enjoyed it (at least for a little while). The Gardens are beautiful with St. Johns River views, and the history of the Museum's origins is interesting - a room from the original house is is available to view.
Written October 12, 2020
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Marnette S
Webster, FL1,818 contributions
Bang for Your Buck: A True Gem
Sep 2020 • Couples
We were in Jacksonsville for a few days of sightseeing. My TripAdvisor research suggested the Cummer Art Museum and Gardens as a top destination. We visited the Memorial Park and the museum together since they are within easy walking or driving distance from each other.

Because of Covid, the website says tickets must be purchased online where the hours of operation are clearly stated. We missed the 11:00 a.m. time slot while at Memorial Park; the next timed entry was for 1:30. I called the museum and April said to come over; we could pay at the desk. The museum closes at 1:00 for cleaning of high touch surfaces; we were invited to come back at 1:30 to continue our visit. Free parking is in the museum lot across the street from the main entrance, not on the grounds.

Masks are required. We paid $6 per person for the senior rate, a real bargain. I learned more about the online ticket purchase from April and Lisa. The museum does accept 'walk up' visitors and has set aside 25% of the daily tickets for walk ins. However, if online ticket sales exceed 75% of the sales, then walk ins are not allowed in order to accommodate museum capacity and social distancing.

With map in hand, we began our exploration of this wonderful museum. The Meissen and Egyptian galleries were my favorite. The galleries are large, open and well laid out. You will find Warhol, Degas, Rockwell and more. Another favorite gallery is the Tudor Room which recreates the Cummer home's drawing room with original pieces. If you are a needlepoint artist, do not miss the piece, to the right of the fireplace, which Mrs. Cummer stitched of her beloved gardens.

We learned that Arthur and Ninah Cummer built an English Tudor Revival house on Riverside Avenue, site of the present museum and gardens. The house was part of the family compound of three houses with adjacent gardens which were Mrs. Cummer's passion.

At 1:00 we got a cup of coffee from the Cafe and sat outside until the museum reopened at 1:30 after cleaning. Sandwiches and salads are also available. For the next hour, we explored the magnificent connecting gardens: English, Italian and Olmsted. The enormous Cummer Oak commands attention in the Italian Garden with its spreading branches touching the ground. One can imagine the view of the St. John's River from the Cummer house. It is a wonderful retreat from the traffic and noise of the city.

Before leaving, stop by the gift shop for a variety of art-related books and souvenirs including arty masks. If you plan on visiting additional museums, get the Jacksonville Museum Passport at the front desk and have it stamped. A passport stamped by four different museums gets you a special prize. Bring or mail your passport to the Visit Jacksonville office to claim it Eligible museums: Beaches, Cummer, Fort Caroline National Memorial, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Museum of Science & History (MOSH), Ritz Theatre and Museum, and Tree Hill Nature Center.
Written September 25, 2020
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