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Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville

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Art enthusiasts come to Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens to see the flower gardens and Meissen porcelain collection. The porcelain and more than 6,000 other pieces of artwork, such as ceramics, textiles, and paintings, are housed inside a series of early 20th-century buildings near the St. Johns River. The museum's educational programs provide hands-on art experiences to more than 50,000 students. While self-guided tours are popular, the museum also offers guided tours that provide in-depth insight. Docent-led tours require a fee. Free tours for adults take place on a set schedule, so check the website calendar before you arrive. Use our Jacksonville trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and other attractions in Jacksonville.
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  • This museum is a great way to spend a few hours while in Jacksonville. The permanent and on loan art is beautiful and diverse. The grounds, gardens and river views are great and offer a lot of "insta"...  more »
  • Although Jacksonville's fine art museum may not have as many artworks in the permanent collection as museums in larger cities, what they do have is well displayed in a lovely building with a courtyard...  more »
  • Beautiful vintage gardens in a river side setting. What a spot! Museum has lots of enjoy: paintings by famous artists, special exhibits, very nice cafe for lunch. Very well done. Spent a couple hours ...  more »
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  • Would have given 5 stars if it weren't for the rude employees. The exhibits are great, but the customer service level was terrible. I was told at the entrance that photos were not allowed in the Islam exhibit. As we walked through the exhibit, I had a security guard practically accost me to tell not to take photos. No camera or phone in my hand, I'm not sure what her deal was. Then in the kids area, a customer service employee spent 10 minutes chatting with a parent of a kid from the kids camp- while I stood there waiting for help with the printer. Every once in a while she would look over and say " I'll be with you in a minute", and then go right back to chatting. After a while, I guess she got tired of me standing there and she finally helped us. Not impressed.
  • Beautiful exhibits featuring original art work (paintings and sculptures) and a variety of gardens over looking the St. John's River. Nice cafeteria for snacking, good gift shop for a variety of occasions. Even has a separate interactive discovery area for kids separated from the rest of the main exhibits. Parking is convenient in a part of town where parking is usually tough to find.
  • I enjoyed my visit to the Cummer museum so much that I can't wait to go back and take some other art-enthusiast friends along. The art was very good with a few pieces so exceptional that, even after a month, I think of them everyday. The cafĂ©/lunch was excellent and I could easily spend the whole day there in the gardens.
  • This museum and garden is stunning, especially if you time it when the azaleas are blooming. On Tuesdays, it's free, too! Although the art from the different time periods will sweep you off your feet, and the flowers are to die for, what I really came here to talk about is the dedicated staff. I am never to be seen without my trusty water bottle. Where I go, it has gone for the last three years. Anyways, I brought it to the museum, and they mentioned their "no food/drink" policy when I got into the exhibits. Perfectly understandable, so I left it at the door. I spent the next few hours letting my eyes soak in all the beauty that the museum has to offer. When I was leaving, I grabbed my water bottle again, but set it down in the hall as I decided to take a bathroom break before heading out on the long ride home, as I was travelling and just passing through to stop at the museum. About an hour into the car ride, I realize that I have left my water bottle in the museum. Panic ensues, I call the museum. The woman walks to the area that I thought I left it in immediately, while still on the phone with me. Although she doesn't find it, her effort was phenomenal. The next day, I call the museum and ask if anyone has turned it in. I speak with another staff member who asks security, saying they haven't seen it, but they will keep me updated, as they see that I really like this water bottle. For the next week, someone from the museum calls me every day to update me on the search mission. Although my water bottle was never found, their valiant efforts will forever remain in my heart as one of the best experiences I've ever had in the customer service world. Shout out to Marie, especially. She even left a voicemail expressing her sympathy when she called to let me know that it hadn't been found, which brought me a lot of closure.
  • Something new every time I visit. The staff is great and the art/sculpture collection on hand is astounding! Gardens are always worth a stroll. VSA week is the best!