Ninah and Arthur Cummer were prominent Jacksonville citizens in the first half of the 20th century. Arthur Cummer was president of the Cummer Lumber Company and held many other positions of prominence in the community. His wife Ninah was an avid appreciator and collector of art. In 1961, three years after Nina’s death, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens opened with the sixty works of art collected by the Cummers.
Today that modest collection has grown to approximately six thousand works of art spanning eight thousand years and many cultures. Yet the core collection is still special, and is currently featured in an exhibit entitled The Cummer Legacy. A selection of these works, both sculptures and paintings, is highlighted in the Jacobsen Gallery now through December 31, 2011. In addition, the Tudor Room showcases how the Cummers lived with their art.
The Cummer Gardens were loved by Ninah Cummer. A formal English Garden planted in 1903, and an Italian Garden dating from 1931, still flourish today. No visit to the Cummer is complete without at least walking through these lovely, well-preserved gardens.
Some Jacksonville Florida Bed and Breakfasts are within walking distance of The Cummer Museum. Include a little art and culture in your winter holiday – visit The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.