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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is committed to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art on a riverfront campus offers more than 95,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.

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Special Holiday Hours



The holidays are a great time to show off all the wonderful cultural organizations and unique places (like the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens… wink, wink!) around Jacksonville to your out-of-town guests! However, please  note some changes in the regular Museum hours for the Holidays.

Holiday Hours at the Museum:

  • Wednesday, December 24, will close at 2 p.m.
  • Will be closed the entire day Thursday, December 25
  • Wednesday, December 31, will close at 2 p.m.
  • Will be closed the entire day Thursday, January 1

The Museum will still be open for Florida Blue FREE Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m. on December23rd and 30th, so make sure to stop by and check out the Museum. Plus, enjoy Tapas and live music in the Cafe from Monica de Silva (December 23rd) and Lauren Fincham (December 30th).

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Don’t forget your 4-legged kids!



Written By: Lisa Cronin, Visitor Services Associate










Dear Santa,

When you’re making your list and checking it twice please know that I have been your faithful friend and companion. There are some “woof”derful things I would love to find in my stocking Christmas morning. Using Jax and Bones Business Buddy is perfect for when we go on neighborhood walks. No matter what mode of transportation you choose when we travel together the Mini Presto Pet Bowl will come in handy.   It is light weight, watertight, and space saving. I will certainly be the talk amongst my friends when they notice me wearing my Flashy Fido lightup collar and leash. Also, I could use some new rope toys by Good Karma to play with. Did you know Jax and Bones donates a portion of the proceeds from their Good Karma toy sales to rescue groups supporting homeless animals find forever homes? I know your elves are persistently working to fill all the requests so just in case they run short on time I wanted to let you know that all these items can be found at the Cummer Shop.


Your pet

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Art Adventure: Watercolor Seascape




Saturday | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Members $10, Non-members $15

Students will create their own watercolor paintings in the tradition of British artists featured in the special exhibition from The Cummer’s permanent collection.

Join us the third Saturday of each month for studio classes in painting, printmaking, collage and construction with changing themes. Projects will be completed within one class period. Ages 6 to 12. Class size is limited. To register for classes see below. For further information please call 904.355.0630 or email

Click HERE to register for this class.

(Please note that some dates may be subject to change around major holidays)

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Letter from the Director, Hope McMath




Nudity in art.  The role of museums.  Artistic freedom.  Public funding of arts and culture.  The individual creative voice.  Collective will.

These are all topics that have been at the center of a debate in our community that arose from a work currently on display in Angela Strassheim’s exhibition at MOCA Jacksonville.   The media has covered the issue. Artists and the cultural community have mobilized.  Political and personal opinions have been expressed on all sides.  It is a story that will continue to play out over the coming days and weeks, through what I hope will be a meaningful conversation.  The kind of conversation that is integral to the experience of art.

As I have engaged in the conversation and expressed our solidarity with the leadership at MOCA Jacksonville, I have also been reflecting on the broader context that shelters the details of the current controversy.

Questions have been raised around the portrayal of the nude human form in art.  History is filled with art works expressing the human condition through the nude form.  More specifically, there are masterworks across millennia and geographic boundaries that illustrate the state of motherhood; being found in works ranging from the Venus of Willendorf’s swollen belly and pendulous breasts to Mary nursing the Christ child in thousands of Renaissance paintings and sculptures.   Museums, houses of worship, and street corners across the globe are filled with such images.  There is hardly a gallery at the Cummer Museum that is not populated by the nude body.

Questions have also been raised about the appropriateness of access to such images by children. Education through art is a cornerstone of  the mission of the vast majority of museums in this country. The two art museums in our community, combined, see over 50,000 children a year.  In my twenty years at this Museum, I have had thousands of interactions with children viewing works of art that show the nude body, depict places they have yet to visit, and express religious or cultural ideals different from those they have so far known.  These are special moments for learning and they happen every day on school tours, during family visits to the galleries, and between young people themselves.

Museums are among those special places where all opinions are welcome.  The works of art we preserve and exhibit are diverse in subject and style, inevitably conjuring a wide variety of responses.  People of all ages and experiences freely express their likes, dislikes, elation, confusion, joy, and disdain.  It is the freedom to create, exhibit, and discuss the works that is the foundation of museums in this country, beautifully reflecting the individual rights we all enjoy.

It is good that our community is having this conversation.  We should all demand artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and measurable impact from all of our cultural institutions.  Our process for receiving public funding requires this, and the partnership with all those who financially support our organizations is one marked by transparency, common goals, and mutual respect.

We should also recognize how tenuous the right to artistic freedom can be.  There have been nations and regimes that not long ago determined what art was legitimate and deemed the rest “degenerate”, using art to feed fear and discontent.  I am proud to know that we find ourselves in a place that honors divergent opinions and provides many platforms for the expression of those ideas.

So, today I am thankful for the father who brings his daughter to visit each new exhibit, for the volunteer Docents who facilitate meaningful conversations with children of all ages, for the members, donors, and partners who lift up our cultural institutions through their engagement and financial support, for artists who give expression to our common humanity through their individual experiences, and for leaders, in all sectors, who work hard, stand strong, and have an inspirational vision for our community.  I am thankful for the opportunity each and every day to see the powerful role that the arts play in bridging differences and celebrating what makes us unique.

To see more about Angela Strassheim’s exhibition, click here.

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Champagne and Shopping: Gift Guide



The Cummer Museum’s annual Champagne and Shopping event is happening this Wednesday, December 3rd and Thursday, December 4th, with extended shop hours on Wednesday (open till 7 p.m.). Plus, shopping is some much better with a glass of complimentary bubbly in hand! Make sure to come by and check out all the wonderful, unique gifts the Cummer Shop has to offer this holiday season, including some by the great artisans below.



Statement necklaces are so in this season and Constance Beresford is way ahead of the game. Starting her business in 2006, with a background in floral and interior design, she has been using her keen eye for color and style to craft gorgeous one of a kind jewelry pieces. Stop by the Museum, (no admission required when visiting the Shop) to peruse Constance’s ever-evolving collection.




Sarah Oliver handbags are another shop favorite that come with a unique story. Each bag is made of hand knitted wool (and then felted to give it a thicker look) by a group of Senior Citizens known as The Purlettes. To learn more about their group, click here.




Just when you thought you didn’t want to buy another tie for your guy…  Check out the very unique ties from Swell Fellow for an interesting gift for your ‘fella.






Author, Jeffery Spear, will be at the Museum during Champagne and Shopping signing copies of his wonderful cookbook, First Coast Heritage. Grab a copy for your favorite foodie and share with him or her about dishes from Jacksonville’s past and present.





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Art for Two: Wondrous Watercolor!




Saturday | 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair

After exploring the British Watercolors exhibition, students will work with crayons and watercolor paints to create a watercolor seascape.

Come make art with your little one and enjoy gallery and Garden visits on the second Saturday of every month.  Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult. Class size is limited. For further information please call 904.355.0630 or email

Click HERE to register for this class.

(Some dates may be subject to change around major Holidays)

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