Jacksonville // The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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My friend Georgia, who I’ve known since 5th grade, moved to Jacksonville, Florida about four years ago. I hadn’t seen her over a year, so I was overdue for a visit. As soon as I landed, we hit the ground running. After dropping off my bag at her house, we drove less than five minutes away to The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

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I had been to the museum once before, for Georgia’s wedding. The reception was held in the museum gardens, a stunning setting for any event.

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The art in the museum spans from 2100BC to the 21st Century. The museum isn’t overwhelming, and you can see everything in about an hour or two.

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Ninah Cummer gifted Jacksonville her art collection and land, which became The Cummer Museum after her death. The Tudor Room offers a look into how Ninah and her husband lived as the room is furnished and decorated with items from their home.

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Ok, now to the gardens! Located right next to a river, there are three gardens; English, Italian, and the Olmsted. The English and Italian Gardens are especially breathtaking.

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On a perfect day, like the day we went, you never want to leave.

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Sitting in the garden, lounging, is the Cummer Oak. The tree is estimated to be between 175-200 years old and its limbs spread 150 feet.

After wandering the museum a little longer, we left, only to return a few of hours later, to attend an exhibition opening that same day.

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The Collector’s Choice is an exhibition of art shared by Jackonville’s residents. After hunting down hors d’oeuvres, we walked the exhibition.

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Next to each piece of art, is a note describing why the collector wanted to share the work. It added a nice personal touch.

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The best part of attending the exhibition? Getting to see the rest of the museum after-hours when it’s practically empty. It’s such a wonderful experience feeling like you’re the only one in the museum.

INFO: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens | 829 Riverside Avenue | Jacksonville, Florida 32204 | 904.356.6857
ADMISSION: $10

// I was a guest of The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. //

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