School Tours

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TOURS 

Spark your students' curiosity, creativity, and collaboration through field trips to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Docent-guided tours allow students to make meaningful connections with works of art through close-looking activities, thought-provoking questions, and lively conversation. Tours develop observation and critical thinking skills and address Sunshine State Standards, Duval County STEAM Standards, and 21st Century Skills.

The Cummer Museum offers uniquely-themed tours for each grade level featuring the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and the gardens. Elementary School tours are 90 minutes and include time in the galleries and/or gardens, Art Connections the interactive area, and the studio for hands-on art-making.

PERMANENT COLLECTION TOURS

PreK: My Outdoor World – Students will learn about the world around them through art, music, literature, and movement, while exploring their relationship with animals, plants, and the river.

Kindergarten: The Art of Portraiture – Students will view portraits from various cultures and time periods, and learn to identify facial features and clues to feelings through facial expressions.

First Grade: Types of Paintings – Students will learn the classifications of paintings by examining still lifes, landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits in varying styles.

Second Grade: The World Through Art – This visit will examine social studies, science, and math through interaction with paintings, sculpture, and gardens.

Third Grade: Elements of Art – Students will explore the art elements of line, shape, color, and form through interaction with two- and three-dimensional art objects.

Fourth Grade: The Art of Florida – Students will explore the history of Florida and the First Coast through works of art with local subjects and expand their understanding of the community’s history.

Fifth Grade: Art in 3 Dimensions – Students will be introduced to the world of sculpture through activities in the galleries and gardens, while focusing on science and math standards.

GARDEN TOURS

Students connect to the natural environment, art, and their community by actively exploring the Cummer Gardens and evaluating garden-related artwork. Garden tours are only available September, October, March, April, and May.

PreK Garden: Exploring Nature – Students will learn respect for the environment and the concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Kindergarten Garden: Diversity of Nature – Students will discover the diversity of the natural world.

First Grade Garden: Being Part of Nature – Students will observe and interpret their environment, while learning their place within it and responsibility for it.

Second Grade Garden: Patterns in Nature – Students will observe natural patterns and discuss the cyclic nature of the natural world.

Third and Fourth Grades Garden: Community and Nature – Students will learn about how people can affect the environment or be affected by it.

Fifth Grade Garden: Your World by Design – Students will explore Landscape Architecture as a career and as a design tool to meet the needs of the world around them.

Special Exhibition Tours

October 22 through December 20, 2019 - Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection 
A celebration of beauty, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection features more than 60 objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany's prolific career. One of America's most renowned artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in nearly all media available to artists and designers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewelry, and painting. Tiffany's technical brilliance in a wide variety of media enabled him to convey his awe of the natural world through a range of objects, from common household items to one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He earned international acclaim for his artistic output, receiving prestigious awards in exhibitions across Europe and the United States.

February 4 through April 24, 2020 - Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt
Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt is the first exhibition to explore the history of iconoclasm in relation to ancient Egyptian art. Through this exhibition, visitors will gain a better understanding of the original functions of Egyptian art and the shifting significance of these works as the ideas and society around them were transformed. This exhibition will raise timely questions about ownership, memory, and visual culture.

BOOK AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TOUR

  • Advance reservations are required for all school tours. Please note that all tours and dates are subject to availability.
  • School tours are available Tuesday through Friday, September through May pending availability. School tours start at either 9:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. and will last 90 minutes.
  • Please check bus availability, testing dates, and holidays before scheduling a visit.
  • Please submit the Date Request Form at least 4 weeks prior to your anticipated visit.
  • Depending on the size of groups, multiple dates may be required.
  • School tour pricing is $5 per student with one free teacher or chaperone required for every 10 students. Additional teachers and chaperones are $5 each.
  • A $50 deposit is required to secure your tour date(s).

SUBMIT A SCHOOL TOUR DATE REQUEST

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL TOURS

General Art History Tour 

Students examine and discuss works ranging from an Ancient Egyptian stele to paintings by 20th-century American masters, followed by a docent-led critique sheet, sketching in the galleries and gardens, or free exploration of the collection.

Special Exhibition Tours

October 22 through December 20, 2019 - Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection 
A celebration of beauty, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection features more than 60 objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany's prolific career. One of America's most renowned artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in nearly all media available to artists and designers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewelry, and painting. Tiffany's technical brilliance in a wide variety of media enabled him to convey his awe of the natural world through a range of objects, from common household items to one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He earned international acclaim for his artistic output, receiving prestigious awards in exhibitions across Europe and the United States.

February 4 through April 24, 2020 - Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt
Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt is the first exhibition to explore the history of iconoclasm in relation to ancient Egyptian art. Through this exhibition, visitors will gain a better understanding of the original functions of Egyptian art and the shifting significance of these works as the ideas and society around them were transformed. This exhibition will raise timely questions about ownership, memory, and visual culture.

BOOK A MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL TOUR

  • Advance reservations are required for all school tours. Please note that all tours and dates are subject to availability.
  • School tours are available Tuesday through Friday, September through May pending availability. School tours start at either 9:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. and will last 90 minutes.
  • Please check bus availability, testing dates, and holidays before scheduling a visit.
  • Please submit the Date Request Form at least 4 weeks prior to your anticipated visit.
  • Depending on the size of groups, multiple dates may be required.
  • School tour pricing is $5 per student with one free teacher or chaperone required for every 10 students. Additional teachers and chaperones are $5 each.
  • A $50 deposit is required to secure your tour date(s).

BOOK A SELF-GUIDED SCHOOL VISIT 

  • Advance reservations are required for all self-guided school visits. Please note that all tours and dates are subject to availability.
  • Self-guided tours are available during regular Museum hours
    • Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Thursday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Please check bus availability, testing dates, and holidays before scheduling a visit.
  • Please submit the Date Request Form at least 1 week prior to your anticipated visit.
  • Self-guided tour pricing is $5 per student with one free teacher or chaperone required for every 10 students. Additional teachers and chaperones are $5 each.
  • Your group must have at least 10 students to book a self-guided school visit.

SUBMIT A DATE REQUEST - SELF-GUIDED SCHOOL VISIT

SCHOOL TOURS – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

DO YOU HAVE MATERIALS TO HELP ME PREPARE MY STUDENTS FOR OUR VISIT?

Tour packets are available at: www.cummermuseum.org/visit/education/school-tours#teacher-resources. The packets include an overview of what you and your students will experience while at the Cummer Museum as well as content standards and relevant vocabulary addressed during your tour. Pre- and post-visit activities are also included for you to complete before and after your visit.

Before your visit, please review with students the following museum etiquette:

  • Please do not touch the works of art in the galleries as it can damage them.
  • Always use walking feet.
  • Inside voices (voice level 2) will make sure all visitors to the Museum have a good visit.
  • No food, drink, or candy is allowed in the galleries, but can be checked in with a staff member if brought into the Museum.
  • Always listen and follow directions from your teacher and Museum guide.  

WHAT IF THE DATE, TIME, OR NUMBER OF STUDENTS ON MY CONTRACT IS WRONG?

Please email schooltours@cummermuseum.org immediately if anything on your contract is incorrect. Please let us know if the number of students booked drops from your original number at any time.

WHAT TIME IS MY TOUR AND WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE AT THE MUSEUM? 

Tours are scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. and will last 90 minutes. We advise that groups arrive 15 minutes before tours are scheduled to begin. Unfortunately if your group arrives late, we will need to shorten your tour to fit within the time allotted. If you need to leave earlier than your scheduled time, please let us know so as soon as possible so that we may adjust your curriculum for optimal results.

WHERE DO I UNLOAD MY STUDENTS AND WHERE DO I PARK?

Buses, vans, or cars can drop students off at the north end of the Museum at the Education Entrance under the grey awning. A member of our Education team will meet you at the Education Entrance and will assist you with parking. If you choose to park in our lots across the street from the Front Entrance, please note that the doors will not open until 11 a.m. If your tour is scheduled before 11 a.m. you will need to enter through the Education Entrance.

WILL I NEED TO DIVIDE MY CLASS OR GROUP?

Every attempt is made to keep classes together, however splitting or shifting may be required to maximize your tour experience and to accommodate our smaller spaces and scheduling restrictions. Group sizes average 20 students per group and can reach as high as 25 students per group. A member of our Education team will coordinate with you when you arrive at the Museum to split or shift groups if needed. Since multiple schools can be scheduled at each time slot, please have students wear nametags with the student’s name, school name, and homeroom teacher.

WHEN AND WHERE DO I PAY FOR MY TOUR?

If your tour has a balance due on the day of your visit (minus the $50 required deposit), our Museum staff will assist with final payment at the admissions desk inside the Education Entrance. Final numbers will be updated and payment in full will be required, which can be made by cash, check, or credit card. If chaperones need to pay individually, please advise them that our staff will let them know when and where to pay on the day of your tour.  

DOES THE MUSEUM HAVE A PICNIC AREA?

The Museum does not have picnic or lunch facilities; however two local parks are nearby. Riverside Park is located on the corner of Margaret and Park Streets and has picnic tables and a playground. Memorial Park is on Riverside Avenue about a half-mile south of the Museum and is on the river. Neither park has public restrooms. An amphitheater-style space is available under the Fuller Warren Bridge, located within walking distance to the north of the Museum.

CAN I TAKE MY STUDENTS TO THE CUMMER SHOP? 

Students are welcome at the Cummer Shop and must be accompanied by teachers or chaperones. A visit to the Shop is not included in the 90 minutes allotted for your tour, so you will need to plan accordingly.

CAN I STAY IN THE MUSEUM ONCE MY TOUR IS FINISHED? 

School groups are welcome to stay in the Museum and visit any of the galleries, gardens, or Art Connections. As other school groups may be in the Museum, we do ask that you please respect the spaces that are needed for those students and yield to any guided group.

SCHOOL TOUR LEAD SPONSORS

J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver
The Dianne T. and Charles E. Rice Family Foundation
Ida Broward Boyd and Crowther Mann Boyd Endowment

Community-Based School Tours Presenting Sponsor 
Community First Credit Union 

Beaches School Tours Sponsor
Cummer Beaches

Bradford County School Tours Sponsor 
Rosenberg Family Foundation  

Nassau County School Tours Sponsor
Cummer Amelia
The Rayonier Advanced Materials Foundation