It is our mission to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education. We believe that art can unite our community and inspire creativity, sincerity, and kindness. The Cummer Museum can continue to provide comfort, wisdom, and the means for self-expression and connection through our virtual presence. Here you will find innovative solutions to experience the Museum and its benefits from home. 


The Cummer Museum's Director of Community Development, Wanda Willis, is dedicated to and leads the Museum's efforts to cultivate meaningful partnerships and promote strong community engagement. Our vision is to be a vital partner that connects diverse audiences and is inclusive and representative of our community. Our work is driven to foster a sense of belonging, connecting people to the arts, gardens, and each other; creating new relationships; and most importantly, welcoming everyone throughout our community. Click below to engage with Wanda, and check back often for more videos!


The Museum's new "Art Making at Home" guide provides ideas and instructions for creating Museum inspired art projects from home. Choose one of the projects in the guide and get the whole family involved! Helpful hint - visit our YouTube Channel for an at-home tutorial.

Art Making at Home 



We invite you to #ColorTheCummerMuseum collection by downloading, coloring, and reimagining works of art found in the Museum. Share them with us on social media using the hashtag above and you could see your designs featured on the Cummer Museum's page.



The new Cummer Museum "Resource Guide" is intended to be a starting point to online engagement. Looking for projects to create, livestream concerts to listen to, or curriculum based teaching tools? You'll find great suggestions here! 

Resource Guide



Take a moment to learn with us! Our educational videos feature topics ranging from art history to art theory, from the colors on a color wheel to the development of a local park.

Elements of Art

Explore the Elements of Art through our art and gardens with museum educator, Danielle. Part one of this seven-part series focuses on the color wheel and is geared to students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.

Artists Haunted by Florida's Memory

The founders of the Cummer Museum quickly became intrigued by the mystique of Florida. For nearly 60 years the Museum has developed a special collection of the art of Florida. From artists and alligators, to swamps and Seminoles, join Chief Curator, Holly Keris, for a discussion on Artists Haunted by Florida's Memory.

Conservation, Beautification, and a City Plan

Ninah Cummer was instrumental in conserving, preserving, and developing Jacksonville's green spaces. Conservation, Beautification, and a City Plan: Ninah Cummer and the Beautification of Jacksonville shows just how much of an imprint Mrs. Cummer made on the city and it's parks. Learn about the history of Riverside and how it shaped what the neighborhood looks like today.

More About Mildred

The Cummer Museum recently acquired “Magnetic Fields,” a work of art by abstract artist Mildred Thompson (1936-2003), born in Jacksonville, Florida. The acquisition of Thompson’s ‘Magnetic Fields’ adds to the collection in significant ways. Not only is the work by a locally-born Black lesbian woman, it is an exceptional example of Abstract Expressionism from an overlooked figure in art history. The acquisition of this work exemplifies the institution’s commitment to creating a permanent collection that represents its community through artworks of exceptional aesthetic merit. Watch our video about Mildred Thompson and why we think this work is exceptional.

Charmion von Wiegand: Iterations of Abstraction in America in the 20th Century

Charmion von Wiegand worked as a newspaper reporter in NYC, and later in Moscow as a correspondent for Hearst Newspapers. She did not begin her artistic career until her early 30s. She would later serve as president of the American Abstract Artists association and became a champion for Abstract Expressionism. Her painting Night Environment in Manhattan is on long term loan to the Cummer Museum. Take a moment to hear from our curatorial assistant, Katy Martin-Beal, as she discusses Charmion von Wiegan's impact.

Lockdown Lectures

Enjoy free art history lessons from your couch! Dive deeper into works from the Cummer Museum’s permanent collection in a special partnership with Dr. Scott Brown, Professor of Art History at the University of North Florida, as his lectures take you from the American Revolution to the near contemporary moment. These special Zoom talks focus on ideas of American renewal and transformation. This lecture series is in three parts with focus on presidential portraiture, the iconic cowboy myth, and an African American artist engaged in interpreting the European past for the American future.



This virtual cooking class was born out of the understanding that at this time it’s essential that we keep our social distance while staying emotionally connected. Options for meal kits as well as virtual visits are available. Our Café is adapting to be more socially responsible in finding ways to best serve you, our valued community, and our amazing team! Chef’s Garden, our Café’s catering team, is taking even more precautions to ensure we are working to the highest levels of health and safety standard. Chef’s Garden’s Meal Delivery Program offers socially responsible dining options with ready to eat meals for your family dinners. View the full delivery menu here. To participate in a virtual cooking class click the link below.



Permanent Collection

Explore the Cummer Museum on your own by browsing our Permanent Collection. Visit our YouTube Channel for vitural lectures on works in the permanent collection, or view our Visitor Experience Team's favorite works in the collection.  We also have a feature on Jacksonville-born artist Mildred Thompson, whose abstract-focused works artistically interpret scientific and musical theories that are not visible to the naked eye.

Exhibition Tour

The Eclectic Ecology Virtual Tour allows you to venture through landscape perspectives from Ponce de Leon to Florida Man. 

Garden Tour

Experience the beauty of the Cummer Gardens in an entirely new way. The Interactive Garden Tour features a map of the Gardens and intriguing photos and facts about its plants, sculptures, and landmarks.

Meissen Tour

The Royal Dish Interactive Tour provides a fascinating look at the history behind the Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain. 


Stay home, but stay social. Follow us on our social media channels to engage in conversations about the artworks you love, experience social media takeovers, watch live streams of the Gardens, and be the first to know of Museum updates and more!