The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens provides a great place to enjoy beautiful gardens and plenty of artwork. It opened in 1961 with the small collection from Ninah Cummer, which included about 60 pieces. However, over the years, this collection has grown and now provides over 6,000 works of art spanning nearly 8,000 years.
The artworks include many permanent pieces and visiting exhibitions. The Tempest from Bob Thompson is one of the featured pieces you will find at the museum year-round. Other permanent pieces include:
Mosaic with Mask of Silenus - Roman
Mother of Sorrows - Master of the Stotteritz Alter
The Parable of the Marriage Feast - Pieter Aertsen
The Concert - Theodoor Rombouts
Vanitas - Jacques De Claeuw
Garniture of Vases from Augustus Strong - Meissen Porcelain Manufactory
Ponce de Leon in Florida - Thomas Moran
Young Girl Reclining - Auguste Rodin
The Lake - William Glackens
And Many More!
Along with these permanent works of art, visitors can enjoy upcoming exhibits, such as:
One Family: Photographs by Vardi Kahana - January 25th to April 27th
Our Shared Past - December 17th, 2013 to May 25th, 2014
The Art of Empathy: The Cummer Mother of Sorrows in Context - November 26th, 2013 to February 16th, 2014
The Prints of William Walmsley - October 29th, 2013 to July 8th, 2014
Along with the amazing artwork, visitors can enjoy the gardens found here. This area is full of beautiful gardens along the banks of the St. Johns River. Many prestigious landscape firms helped created the gardens including:
Ellen Biddle Shipman
Thomas Meehan and Sons
Ossian Cole Simonds
The museum is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 9pm, Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 4pm, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm. Enjoy Free Tuesdays from 4pm to 9pm and free Saturdays on the first Saturday of every month. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and Children 5 and under get in free.