Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

About the Museum


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Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

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The Cummins Museum of Art and Gardens was founded in 1961 after the death of Ninah Cummer, who bequeathed her gardens and personal art collection to the new museum. The museum and gardens attracts 130,000 visitors annually with a permanent collection of the museum currently over five thousand works of art dating from 2100 BCE to the twenty-first century. The museum's collection is especially strong in European and American paintings and also includes substantial holdings of Meissen porcelain. The museum also has an award-winning education center, Art Connections, which possesses a number of interactive educational installations and serves underprivileged and special education students with its programs.

There are three flower gardens on the museum grounds, the oldest dating back to 1903. These gardens have preserved their original layout for over a century and were designed by landscape designers such as the Olmsted Brothers, Thomas Meehan & Sons, and Ellen Biddle Shipman. The Cummer Gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Collection Highlights


Return from the Harvest

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825 – 1905),

Return from the Harvest
Guide to Croaghan (Brien O’Malley)

Robert Henri (American, 1865 – 1929)

Guide to Croaghan (Brien O’Malley)
Ponce de León in Florida

Thomas Moran (American, 1837 – 1926)

Ponce de León in Florida
Portrait of a Youth in an Embroidered Vest

Marie-Victoire Lemoine (French, 1754 – 1820)

Portrait of a Youth in an Embroidered Vest
The Lamentation of Christ

Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577 – 1640)

The Lamentation of Christ
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens: Collection Highlights
Return from the Harvest
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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825 – 1905),

Return from the Harvest, 1878.0
oil on canvas, 95 x 67 in.
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Guide to Croaghan (Brien O’Malley)
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Robert Henri (American, 1865 – 1929)

Guide to Croaghan (Brien O’Malley), 1913.0
oil on canvas, 41 ¼ x 33 in.
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Ponce de León in Florida
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Thomas Moran (American, 1837 – 1926)

Ponce de León in Florida, 1877 – 1878
oil on canvas, 64 ¾ x 115 7/8 in.
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Portrait of a Youth in an Embroidered Vest
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Marie-Victoire Lemoine (French, 1754 – 1820)

Portrait of a Youth in an Embroidered Vest, 1785.0
oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 21 ½ in
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The Lamentation of Christ
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Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577 – 1640)

The Lamentation of Christ, c. 1605
oil on copper, 11 x 9 ½ in.
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