Museums are an excellent way to discover the culture of the human race without having to fire up the broken-down time machine resting on cinder blocks in the front yard. Fortify your mind with bountiful works and beatific botany with today's Groupon for a one-year membership to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Bring your Groupon to the museum by July 31, 2010, to activate your one-year membership. Choose from two levels:
- $42 for a family membership ($85 value)
- $25 for an individual membership ($50 value)
Both membership levels come with the following benefits:
- Free admission to the museum and gardens
- Subscription to the Cummer eNewsletter
- Free or reduced admission to special events
- Invitation to members-only preview events
- 10% off purchases in the museum store
- Reduced admission to adult Art Connections programs
- Free admission and priority seating for The Cummer Concert Series
- Free admission to 60 museums throughout the Southeast that participate in the North American Reciprocal Museum program
Family memberships (good for two adults and any number of children or grandchildren under the age of 18) also come with reduced admission to children's Art Connections programs and the children's summer camp.
Located on the beautiful banks of the St. Johns River, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens houses a collection of more than 5,000 works of art, including paintings by American masters Norman Rockwell, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent. The museum also contains pristine porcelain pieces, as well as truly ancient antiquities that put your uncle's cardboard box of Betamax tapes to shame. The museum's gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, feature distinctly different areas such as the English Garden and the Italian Garden. Check the seasonal highlights to plan your trip around favorite flowers or favorite allergies. Grab today's Groupon and enhance your appreciation of life, one painted azalea at a time.
Limit one Groupon per person (or per family, depending on your choice of membership).
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens gets very high marks all around. It is ranked third among 54 attractions in Jacksonville by TripAdvisors, who give it a 4.5 stars. Yahoo! Travelers also give it 4.5 stars, and eight Yelpers give it a perfect five stars:
- The Cummer is an absolute gem, and I would recommend a visit to both locals and tourists alike. – lovetotravel284, TripAdvisor
- The artwork was amazing. The Garden is breathtaking. The children's area was entertaining and we don't even have children. – A Yahoo! Contributor, 06/10/06
- The Cummer is an excellent museum with a varied art collection which is worth at least a few hours to see – Pnemiller, TripAdvisor
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.
829 Riverside Ave.
Jacksonville, Florida 32204Get Directions