Old masters rewarded observant art critics by hiding things in their paintings, such as discreet self-portraits and lewd caricatures of the queen. Redeem art history with this Groupon.
$42 for One-Year Family Membership ($85 Value)
Family memberships are valid for two adults and children under 18. Members enjoy unlimited admission to the museum, invitations to exclusive opening events and programs, and reduced admission for educational programs. Members also receive reciprocal membership to more than 60 museums. Current exhibits include Impressionism and Post Impressionism from the High Museum of Art, which will be on display through May 6 and features artists such as Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
A year before her death in 1959, Ninah Cummeran art collector, garden enthusiast, and civic leaderdonated her riverfront home and art collection to the community, imploring her fellow citizens to help support the foundation of an art museum. In less than 10 years, the board of trustees transformed the abode into the verdant Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, adding to Ninah’s original gift of 60 pieces until the collection included nearly 1,000 works of art.
Over the following decades, the facility helped introduce the Jacksonville community to the world of art, offering educational workshops, concerts, gallery talks, and lectures. Today the center boasts almost 5,000 works of art on its walls and pedestals, a historic riverfront garden campus flourishing with ancient oaks and verdant shrubs, and an annual number of visitors that stretches beyond 100,000.
Those visitors wander through the gallery halls oohing and ahhing at effulgent permanent collections and masterfully executed paint-by-numbers. Rotating exhibits swing through periodically with themes that explore various artistic movements, historical periods, and native compositions. Afterwards, the open air and vibrant scenery of the gardens lure guests to meander along tranquil pathways that maze through a garden with a 100-year history.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
A year before her death in 1959, Ninah Cummer—an art collector, garden enthusiast, and civic leader—donated her riverfront home and art collection to the community, imploring her fellow citizens to help support the foundation of an art museum. In less than 10 years, the board of trustees transformed the abode into the verdant Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, adding to Ninah's original gift of 60 pieces until the collection included nearly 1,000 works of art.
Today, the permanent collection holds pieces that span more than four millennia, from 2,100 B.C. to the 21st century. An ancient Egyptian stone tablet intrigues viewers with cryptic hieroglyphs and stylized portraits while, nearby, Peter Paul Rubens' The Lamentation of Christ epitomizes the colorful, sweepingly histrionic style of the Baroque painters. American treasures include Gilbert Stuart's iconic portrait of George Washington—one of over 100 he painted in an attempt to perfect the likeness of the first president and design a killer mask for the White House Halloween party.
After getting their fill of indoor beauty, guests can head to the open air and vibrant scenery of the museum's gardens. Begun more than a century ago, the gardens crisscross with winding paths that take guests under the canopies of majestic oaks and alongside the Italian garden's shimmering reflecting pools.