Summer Storytelling Tours

BOOK A SUMMER STORYTELLING TOUR

  • Advance reservations are required for all Summer Storytelling Tours. Please note that all tours and dates are subject to availability.
  • Summer Storytelling Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, June through August pending availability. Summer Storytelling Tours start at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. (or an approved alternate time) and will last 45-60 minutes.
  • Groups will choose one of the following themes: Artful Animals, Roaming Rivers, Secrets of Florida, What's in a Face? (Portraits), or What's in an Art Museum? (Types of Art).
  • 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 times and dates may be required.
  • Tour pricing is $5 per child with one free leader or chaperone required for every 10 students. Additional chaperones are $5 each.
  • A $50 deposit is required to secure your tour date(s).

SUBMIT A DATE REQUEST - SUMMER STORYTELLING TOUR

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 child with one free leader or chaperone required for every 10 students. Additional leaders 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

SUMMER STORYTELLING TOURS – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT OF MY SUMMER STORYTELLING TOUR?
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers educational summer storytelling tours that allow students to experience original works of art and the historic gardens. Trained docents and Museum Educators lead students in meaningful discussions in the galleries and gardens and help students explore Art Connections, the Museum's interactive center. Please note that on your tour at the Museum some nudity will be visible as it is part of general art historical teaching. While the human form has and continues to be important in artistic instruction, we will not specifically highlight any artworks containing nudity at the request of the teacher/group.

DO YOU HAVE MATERIALS TO HELP ME PREPARE MY STUDENTS FOR OUR VISIT?
Before your visit, please review the following museum etiquette with students and chaperones:

  • 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, chaperone, and Museum guide.  
  • Bathroom breaks are not built into the tours, but chaperones are welcome to accompany students to the restrooms when needed. Your Museum guide can help you locate the nearest restroom and drinking fountain.

WHAT IF THE DATE, TIME, OR NUMBERS 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 attendees 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 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. (or an approved alternate time) and will last 45-60 minutes. We advise that groups arrive 15 minutes before tours are scheduled to begin. Unfortunately if your group arrives late, we may need to shorten your tour to fit within the time allotted.

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. Museum staff can 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?
Splitting or shifting may be required to maximize your tour experience and to accommodate our smaller spaces. We typically include an average of 20 students per group but can reach as high as 25 students per group. Museum staff will coordinate with you upon arrival to split or shift groups if needed. Since multiple groups can be scheduled at each time slot, please have students wear nametags with the student’s name and organization name.

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 admissions 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 parks are located 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 north of the Museum.

CAN I TAKE MY STUDENTS TO THE CUMMER SHOP?
Students are welcome at the Cummer Shop, but must be accompanied by leaders or chaperones. A visit to the shop is not included in the 45-60 minutes allotted for your tour, so you will need to plan accordingly.

CAN I STAY IN THE MUSEUM ONCE MY TOUR IS FINISHED?
Groups are welcome to stay in the Museum and visit any of the galleries, gardens, or Art Connections. As other 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.