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  1. 1925 Azaleas Introduced Into Gardens


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    In 1925, Mrs. Cummer attended a lecture by H. Harold Hume on the beauty of azaleas. Hume is remembered as one of the South’s leading horticulturists and for his beautiful azalea hybrids. The…

  2. 1985 Acquisition of Frieseke


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    Frederick Frieseke was born in Owasso, Michigan. After the death of his mother, the young Frieseke came to Jacksonville, Florida to live with his uncle, Albert Carl Frieseke. The residence was at…

  3. 1962 Museum Tours


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    Informal, guided museum tours began at the Cummer in 1962 by a small group of volunteers. Today, the Cummer offers a wide variety of programs serving over 30,000 students and their teachers each…

  4. 1994 A Change of Name


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    In 1994, The Cummer Gallery of Art became The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. “Since Mrs. Cummer expressed her desire to create not simply an art collection, but ‘a center of beauty…

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    • 1998 Very Special Arts


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      The Cummer became the home of the annual VSA Arts Festival in 1996. This four-day art festival provides meaningful art experiences for more than 2,000 children with disabilities. Each student and…

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      • 2011 50th Anniversary


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        Since its opening in November 1961, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has stood as a beacon of man-made art and natural beauty to the Jacksonville community. Fifty years after its dedication,…

      • 2012 What's Next


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        Impressionism and Post Impressionism from the High Museum of Art coming to The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens ~ February 2012. Impressionism and Post Impressionism from the High Museum of Art…

      • 2007 Weaver Academy


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        The Weaver Academy of Art at The Cummer Museum was created in 2007 for underserved elementary school aged children. Funded through a generous gift by the J. Wayne and Dolores Barr Weaver Endowment,…

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        • 2004 Art Connections Programs


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          Art Connections sets the stage for interactive learning that takes place throughout the galleries and gardens of The Cummer. Completely renovated in 2004, the space is designed to facilitate…

        • 1999 Women of Vision


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          The Women of Vision program, founded by Sister Elizabeth Fiorite in 1999, is a unique initiative that brings the visual and literary arts to adult women who are low-vision or blind. The Women of Vision…

        • 1938 Garden Events


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          The Cummer Gardens have played host to a number of social activities. From Cummer family parties, weddings, private events to community functions, the gardens have been eyewitness to countless events…

        • 1931 The Italian Gardens


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          In early 1930, after the death of matriarch Ada Cummer, the Cummer family reorganized the property in their family compound. Ada’s three heirs—Arthur, Waldo, and Mabel—decided to…

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