Cummer Art Museum and Gardens, Jacksonville
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Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens has it all. It has beautiful gardens on the river, some nice classic artwork, and a fun kid's area!
The gardens are the highlight. What a joy! There are four gardens located side by side along the river. The river itself is not the prettiest but water always does make a nice delineation. The rose garden is lovely and reminded me strongly of a happy summer in Paris. It has a sculpture and pink roses that catch the light.
Arches in the hedge look out on the water from the Italian garden. Here, two long pools are lined with pointy conifer trees.
The main garden has a giant oak tree that is incredible! You just can't believe how big it is and how fabulous the shapes its branches take! Kids can borrow a painting kit and make their own art on a table under the tree.
The English garden has rows of neatly trimmed bright green hedges and a fountain.
Inside the museum, it is easy to see all the art. There is a nice room filled with Impressionist art. The Catholic paintings from 17th century Italy are lovely. The Meissen chinaware is interesting and pretty.
In the kid's area there are a lot of fun things to do. Kids can paint with a computer that projects their artwork onto a wall, and then print their artwork after. There are also foam tubes to arrange, and other fun activities.
After your visit, walk a few blocks over to Five Points, where five streets including Park Street intersect and there are several good cafes. There is a young, hip crowd here and good food to be found. Try Derby on Park for chic decor and big windows looking out on the street, plus great food!
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Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is located at 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville FL 32204, call (904) 356-6857.
Open Tues 10-9, Wed-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4. Closed Mondays. Closed Jan 1, Thanksgiving (fourth Thurs in Nov), Dec 25. Closes early at 2pm on Dec 24 and Dec 31.
Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, military, and students including college students, and free for children aged 5 and under. There are several free days- check their website.
There is plenty of free parking in the museum parking lot across the street from the museum.
Derby on Park Restaurant, 1068 Park St, Jacksonville FL 32204.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.