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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is located in the historic Riverside section of Jacksonville, just minutes from Interstate 95. The Cummer Museum overlooks 2.5 acres of historic gardens and is situated on the banks of the St. Johns River. The Cummer Museum is the perfect blend of art, gardens, and education that inspires imagination and excitement for all ages, with a fantastic lineup of exhibitions and programs for the entire family.

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Tours

A guided tour of the Cummer Museum’s Permanent Collection, current exhibitions, and Gardens is an ideal way to become acquainted with the Museum. Whether you’re visiting on your own, with children, or with friends, there’s a tour just for you.

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Art

The Cummer Museum is home to more than 5,000 works of art, spanning from 2100 B.C. through the 21st century. Thought-provoking exhibitions, a breathtaking sculpture garden, and several special collections enhance the Museum's artistic offerings.

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Gardens

Immerse yourself in living art in the Cummer Gardens. These historic riverfront gardens bear the mark of notable landscape designers and horticulturists, including Ossian Cole Simonds, Ellen Biddle Shipman, Thomas Meehan and Sons, and the fabled Olmsted firm.

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Café

The Cummer Café, managed by The Chef’s Garden, is a delicious place to extend your visit to the Cummer Museum. The Café is open for daily lunch, Tapas Tuesdays, and weekend brunch.

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Shop

The Cummer Shop is a stylish destination for gifts, wearable art, jewelry, and more. Visit during Museum hours to browse the latest inventory, including exhibition-related items.

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Museum Hours

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General Hours

Monday, Closed
Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.

In preparation for the 2017 Cummer Ball, the Museum will be closed Thursday, April 20 through Tuesday, April 25. The Museum will reopen on Tuesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. for Florida Blue Free Tuesday.

Garden Hours

The Gardens close when the Museum closes or at dusk (whichever is sooner) and during inclement weather.

Café Hours

The Cummer Café closes one hour prior to the Museum closing hours.

Shop Hours

The Cummer Shop is open during Museum hours.

Holiday Closures

Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

The Museum will close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 

Address

829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

Phone: 904.356.6857
Fax: 904.353.4101

Admission Prices

MembersFree
Adults$10
Seniors and Military with ID$6
Students (K through College* with ID)$6
Children 5 and underFree

*College Students with ID enjoy free admission Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free admission for all, each Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsored by Florida Blue.

Free admission for all the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver.

Free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders the first full weekend of each month, provided by Museums on Us.

Free admission for military families Memorial Day through Labor Day, offered though the Blue Star Museum program. 

Photography Policy

To allow for the enjoyment of all visitors to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, and to help us care for our Collection and historic Gardens, we appreciate your adherence to the Cummer Museum Photography Policy.

  • The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens encourages visitors to document their experiences with personal, non-commercial photography, using non-flash mobile devices (cell phones, smart phones, and tablets) and cameras throughout the Museum and Gardens during normal Museum hours. 
  • Special exhibitions may prohibit photography. See Gallery doors for details. 
  • Photography equipment is prohibited throughout the Museum and Gardens, including but not limited to: flashes, tripods, monopods, wheeled camera bags, reflectors, selfie sticks, and drones. 
  • Video cameras are prohibited throughout the Museum and Gardens. 
  • Photography sessions are permitted only in the Gardens on Wednesday through Friday and Sunday during normal Museum hours and include, but are not limited to: wedding, family, large groups, special events, costume, and portrait photography.    
    • The Cummer Museum encourages visitors involved in a photography session to adhere to the following guidelines:
      • Photography equipment as outlined above is strictly prohibited.
      • Props and wardrobe changes are strictly prohibited.
      • Please be respectful of other visitors in the Gardens.
      • Do not obstruct any pathways, accessibility ramps or disturb planting beds, hedges, or other events in the Gardens or other permitted photography. 
      • Admission or Museum Membership is required.
      • Photography sessions are not permitted on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • Professional Photography sessions are by permit only and are only permitted in the Gardens on Wednesday through Friday and Sunday during normal Museum hours. These sessions are to be scheduled at least one week in advance.
    • The Cummer Museum encourages visitors involved in a professional photography session to adhere to the following guidelines:
      • Photography equipment such as flashes, tripods, and reflectors are permitted.
      • All props are prohibited.
      • Please be respectful of other visitors in the Gardens.
      • Do not obstruct any pathways, accessibility ramps or disturb planting beds, hedges, or other events in the Gardens or other permitted photography. 
  • For required fees, availability, and permit applications, please contact events@cummermuseum.org or for an online application visit cummermuseum.org and click the Visit tab. 
  • Commercial photography is strictly prohibited and includes photography and video photography that is posted for sale on the internet, used in print for art sale, or used to advertise goods or services. Photography as outlined above is allowed for personal use only.  Photographs and video may not be published, sold, permitted, reproduced, or otherwise commercially used. Visitors may purchase commercial-quality photographs or obtain permission for image reproduction of the Permanent Collection and Gardens by contacting images@cummermuseum.org. Members of the Media should contact the Marketing office at marketing@cummermuseum.org
  • Photography release: Your attendance at a Cummer Museum event (public or private) or program grants the Museum permission to display and/or publish any photographs in which you appear. These photographs may be used in any and all of the Cummer Museum publications and media without limitation or reservation, and are not subject to compensation. These materials will become the property of the Cummer Museum. The Cummer Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises, and to change this policy at any time.

 

APPLY FOR AN ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT

APPLY FOR A ONE-TIME PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT

 

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Accessibility

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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is committed to ensuring its facilities, exhibitions, programs, and services are accessible to all visitors. In addition, the Museum offers a range of accommodations to those with disabilities. Click below to view the full accessibility policy or contact the Museum’s Accessibility Coordinator at 904.899.6002 or by email at accessibility@cummermuseum.org.

Accessibility Policy

Parking

The main entrance parking is located on Riverside Avenue, across the street from the Museum’s main entrance. An additional parking lot is located at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Post Street, adjacent to the Museum’s main entrance. Handicap parking is located in the north area of the main entrance parking lot. Visitor parking in both lots is free.

VISITOR TIPS

PERSONAL ITEMS

  • All parcels 12" x 18" or larger will be stored at the front desk.
  • All umbrellas should be placed in the holders near the front entrance.
  • The Museum is not liable if stored items are lost, damaged, or stolen.
  • All parcels brought into the Museum are subject to staff inspection.

FOOD AND DRINK

  • Food and drink are always prohibited in the Galleries.
  • Only food and drink from the Cummer Café are permitted in the Gardens.

TIPS FOR THE GALLERIES AND GARDENS

  • Please keep a safe distance from artwork. To protect the art, stay at least two feet away.
  • To help care for the Museum's property and Collection, pencils are permitted in the Galleries, but pens and other art media are prohibited.
  • Sketching, without easels, is permitted in Galleries and Gardens.
  • Help preserve the Gardens by not climbing, sitting, or leaning on the Cummer Oak, railings, walls, and flowerbeds.
  • To allow for the enjoyment of all visitors, please adhere to the Photography Policy.

TOURS

  • Podcasts of the Permanent Collection are available at the iTunes store and blog.cummermuseum.org/category/podcast.
  • Free guided tours of the Permanent Collection are offered Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month at 2 p.m. All tours meet in the front lobby five minutes prior to the scheduled time of the tour.

Visiting With Children

Review Museum Etiquette

The Cummer Museum is a great place to bring children. To make their visit full of art and fun while they are here, please review with them the visiting rules and tips. In addition, the following may be helpful reminders of good Museum behavior: Always walk, don’t run, and use inside voices. Touching artwork and climbing on objects is allowed in Art Connections, sometimes in the Gardens, but never in the Galleries.

Preview Artwork

When children see images repeatedly, they become familiar and excited about them. Viewing works of art on the Cummer Museum website offers a preview of what they will see and opens a conversation about reproductions of art images versus the “real thing.”

View Artwork from the Permanent Collection

Check the Events Calendar

The Cummer Museum offers many classes and programs for children ages three through high school. There are also special events with art projects, music, and entertainment scattered throughout the Museum. Participating in structured activities at the Cummer Museum is a great way to learn some firsthand tips from the Museum Educators.

Ask Questions

Engage your young art enthusiast by asking questions, such as, “What do you see?” “What shapes and colors do you see?” “What are the people doing in the painting?” This way, the child is looking more closely and learning how to converse about art.

Use Five Senses

Museums are not just for looking. Challenge your children to experience all five senses in different parts of the Museum. Take advantage of Art Connections and the Cummer Gardens as sensory experiences. In Art Connections, touch artwork, cut and glue paper, or build a sculpture. In the Gardens, smell the scents of flowers, listen to birds or the river flowing, and touch the sculptures.

Have No Expectations

Approach your Museum visit without expectations of what your child should learn, say, or do. Build on the experience by visiting often, and you will see that your child will slowly form his own impression of the Museum and what is inside.