VISITING ON YOUR OWN
Explore the Cummer Museum’s Permanent Collection, the Gardens, and Exhibitions on your own, by using the Museum Art Highlights list, the complimentary tour guides, and the available Podcasts.
The Permanent Collection includes a variety of international masterpieces, from antiquity to present day. Pieces from the Permanent Collection are on display throughout the Galleries.
Another option to discover the Cummer Museum is to pick up the following complimentary tour guides at the Front Desk:
- Cummer Museum Garden Tour is a guide to help tour the Cummer Gardens. A map with the 12 stops is located on the back of the handout for reference.
- Family Guide Garden Tour is designed for kids and adults to use together and explore the Cummer Gardens.
- The Royal Dish Gallery Guide features information about the Meissen Porcelain collection. This comprehensive guide features a brief history of the production of porcelain, a detailed explanation of Meissen factory patterns, as well as a general glossary of the objects found in the gallery.
- The Royal Dish Family Guide is a guide for children and adults to use together and explore The Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain.
In addition, the Cummer Museum offers podcasts that are available for download at the iTunes store.
A tour highlighting the Permanent Collection is offered on the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. and each Tuesday at 7 p.m. To join the tour, meet at the front desk. Museum entry is free, and there is no charge for the tour.
Adult Docent Tours for groups of 10 or more are offered Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 904.899.6038 to book a tour for your group. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance of the requested tour date.
The price of the tour is the same for Members and Non-Members; the Cummer Museum does not offer senior discounts for tours.
Payment may be made either by one check or credit card on the day of your tour and/or luncheon. Guarantees of attendance are required one week in advance for tours with lunch. Once attendance has been confirmed, you are responsible for the guaranteed amount, even if a member of your party is unable to attend. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.
The Cummer Museum offers the following tours; Museum admission is included:
$12 per person
Docent-led tour and luncheon
$25 per person for groups of 10 to 20 people.
$30 per person for groups of 21 or more. Groups of 25 or more will be charged a $150 service fee per server.
For special events or times, such as Garden Month, a flat rate of $30 per person will apply to all groups.
Click here to see our tour lunch menu. The Cummer Café can provide either a plated lunch for 10 or more people or a hot buffet lunch for 20 or more people, with an additional charge of $150 for service.
Gratuities for good service are appreciated.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers educational school tours that allow students to experience original works of art and the historic Gardens. Tours are based on an integrated curriculum that supports state and national standards in the visual arts, math, science, language arts, and social studies. Trained Docents and Museum Educators lead students in meaningful discussions in the Galleries and Gardens, teach a hands-on art project, and help students explore Art Connections, the Museum's interactive center. School tours are offered September through May.
SPECIAL NEEDS TOURS/TOUCH TOURS
The Cummer Museum’s programs can easily be altered for any groups or individuals with special needs. For school tours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904.899.6009. For adult or independent groups, please email email@example.com or call 904.899.6002.
Art Connections, the Cummer Museum’s interactive center, sets the stage for learning that takes place throughout the rest of the Museum. This space is great for people of all ages and provides the opportunity to explore art in a different way. If you have ever been touched by art, here is your chance to touch it back.
Using the Museum's own collection as its core, this chronological display packs more than 30,000 years of artistic history into 40 feet. Interactive stations allow visitors to view, listen, touch, and explore the relationship art has shared with science, technology, and culture since 35,000 B.C.
Picture Perfect allows visitors to paint their own masterpieces without even putting on a smock. Moving a large paintbrush through the air, the painting appears on a giant video screen. A seating area behind the display allows friends and family to encourage painters, and upon completion, the work can be printed and taken home.
Gallery Under Five
One of several exhibitions for children ages 18 months through 5 years, this exhibition presents art on a smaller scale. Here, younger children can better appreciate art from the Museum in a setting where it is easier for them to see, and they will not feel intimidated by large objects.
Face to Face
Using a touchscreen, visitors can create their very own self-portraits, which can then be printed out and taken home. It is the perfect way to start an art experience – in familiar territory.
The Cummer Museum commissioned four separate artists to create works inspired by the Cummer Gardens, each in a medium of the artist's choosing. Visitors can view the art (a drawing, an oil painting, a relief print, and a clay vase) accompanied by videos featuring the artists discussing the various inspirations, tools, and techniques related to the media in which they work. It is a great way to learn about the creative process and how it varies from one individual to the next.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is proud to offer interactive resources that enrich the Museum experience for its guests, including those who visit online.
SUMMER STORYTELLING TOURS
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. Summer storytelling tours are offered June through August.
EXPLORING WITH KIDS
The Museum's new "Exploring with Kids" guides are here! These guides are intended for families not just to use while visiting at the Museum, but also to take home with them. The guide focuses on giving parents tips on how to visit museums with their children, info on the Art Connections area, classes for children, maps, and activities for parents to do with their kids. The Let’s Explore! page is perforated for child and parent to fold back activities as they are completed. Download it now so you can see what awaits you before you pick one up.
A special thank you goes to the Chartrand Family Fund who provided the funding for this informative and fun guide!