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Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo

Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


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8/9/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is a Summer Destination for Families with Children with Differing Abilities



Summer is fast coming to a close, and the time away from the classroom can lead to a loss of educational and social gains made during the school year. This is especially true for children with differing abilities. In these final days of summer, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers a wide range of accommodations and activities for adults and children with differing abilities. A visit to the Museum is a great way for families to have fun together while keeping their children’s brains engaged.


The Museum campus, including all three of its historic gardens, is wheelchair accessible, and there are manual wheelchairs available onsite that can be checked out at the front desk. Also available at the front desk are Sensory Bags complete with noise canceling headphones and other items that help lessen sensory overload for visitors, to use on a first come, first serve basis. The Museum’s Exploring with Kids Guide provides a wonderful tool to engage children in the galleries. If families need to recharge, the Art Connections space provides a quiet area for relaxing with a book, and the Cummer Café offers a place to refuel. 


The Museum also offers a variety of tours that provide additional support for people with differing abilities, including American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for those with hearing impairment and Touch Tours for visitors with low vision.


Kim Kuta Dring, Director of Learning and Engagement of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, is available to discuss all the Museum has to offer this summer for visitors with differing abilities.


These programs are available year-round. 







About the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens:

For more than 60 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects and historically significant gardens on a riverfront campus offers nearly 140,000 visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast each year. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities. The Museum is committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are woven into the fabric of its exhibitions, programs, and offerings. For further information, including hours, visit www.cummermuseum.org.