School Tours

Spark your students' curiosity, creativity, and collaboration. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has a variety of engaging tours available for schools, after school and community organizations during the 2020–21 school year. Live virtual experiences will be offered this fall, and traditional in-person field trips will be offered once it is safe to do so.

Guided virtual tours allow students to make meaningful connections with works of art and foster intercultural understanding 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 and special exhibitions. Virtual tours last 30 to 60 minutes and include post-tour activity suggestions. Contact us at schooltours@cummermuseum.org for more information. 

PERMANENT COLLECTION TOURS

Permanent Collection Tours explore both the art galleries and the gardens.

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 through First Grade: 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.

Second through 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 through Fifth 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.

Middle through High School: General Art History  – Students examine and discuss works ranging from an Ancient Egyptian stele to paintings by 20th century American masters. 

Special Exhibition Tours

Available for all grade levels. 

October 27 through January 15, 2021 - Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church and our Contemporary Moment
Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment takes a look at the interconnections between art and science as artists from the nineteenth century to today represent ecology, nature, and the landscape. The exhibition features paintings, sketches, and natural history specimens – all products of the artists’ observations. The tour leads students through the artistic process – from close observation to sketching and visual representation. Tour participants will observe and explore the similarities, differences, and interconnections between landscapes, pollinators, and habitats using the elements of art – line, shape, and color.

October 2020 through May 21, 2021 - Eclectic Ecology and the Cummer Gardens
Florida conjures visions of bright sandy beaches while simultaneously bringing to mind thoughts of swamps and dense vegetation. Eclectic Ecology: Landscape Perspectives from Ponce De Leon to Florida Man captures this juxtaposition of Florida’s vast landscapes as represented by artists throughout its history. Tour participants will explore Florida’s natural landscapes and inhabitants through historic and contemporary artworks and students’ own personal experiences in the Cummer Gardens and their own communities.
 
March 9 through June 4, 2021 - Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls from 1800 to 1960 
Fashion or function? Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960 traces the evolution of women’s sporting attire which helped define women’s participation in the sporting world as athletes and spectators. The exhibition presents the accessories and garments that women wore as they first ventured outside the domestic sphere beginning in the early 19th century. Using close looking skills, tour participants will examine the artistic design elements of sporting attire, explore the colors, patterns, and textures of garments in relation to their utilitarian functions, and consider how these garments compare to the outdoor and sports clothing we wear today.

BOOK A SCHOOL TOUR

  • Advance reservations are required for all school tours. 
  • Virtual school tours are available Tuesday through Friday, October through May pending availability. Virtual tours will last 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Please check testing dates and holidays before scheduling a visit.
  • Plan to book your tour at least 4 weeks in advance.
  • Virtual school tour pricing is $100 per booking (one classroom or homeroom per booking). 
  • A $50 deposit is required to secure your tour date(s).

Book a School Tour

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 virtual tour. 

WHAT TIME IS MY TOUR AND WHAT TIME SHOULD I CONNECT? 

Tours are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 1 p.m., and will last 30 to 60 minutes. We advise that groups access the virtual platform 5 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. Your tour time and date will be on your contract. If the date and time is incorrect on your contract, please contact schooltours@cummermuseum.org for a correction.

WILL I NEED TO DIVIDE MY CLASS OR GROUP?

Every virtual tour is for one classroom or homeroom group. No need to split into smaller groups. 

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 invoice you. If you would like to pay by credit card, please email schooltours@cummermuseum.org.

TEACHER RESOURCES - TOUR PACKETS

Please click on the tours below to access the tour packet with information about your visit to the Cummer Museum, as well as pre- and post-visit activities to use in your classroom.

PreK: My Outdoor World
Kindergarten and First Grade: The Art of Portraiture
Second and Third Grade: Elements of Art
Fourth and Fifth Grade: The Art of Florida

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