Johnson Museum of Art
Johnson Museum of Art
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY, houses 40,000 works of art in a historic I. M. Pei building. Open year-round, explore the permanent collection and regular temporary exhibitions, with spectacular views of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, and Cornell. Admission is always free! Please visit our website for special hours during Cornell break periods, including Thanksgiving and December holidays.
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ArtsyGalBaltimore
Maryland813 contributions
Jul 2023
Easy to find and parking available in front of the museum. The museum architecture is amazing, externally and internally and an I.M. Pei feat! Multiple floors with varied collections and a few notable works. Art appreciation enhanced with curated labels. Well worth a one to two hour visit.
Written 3 August 2023
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI910 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
A stop at the Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell University campus made our itinerary as one of the renowned architect I.M. Pei's museum designs. And it did not disappoint!! The museum has a nice representative art collection... American, European, and Asian... that includes work by some favorite artists. Their Fifty Years: An Anniversary Celebration with the Collection exhibit was fun as we saw images that we grew up with. The Gifts of Modern Art: David M. Solinger, Class of 1926 included some terrific modern era pieces. The museum design seen throughout the building...circular staircase, ramps, balconies, atrium... the light and shadows and curves. And of course, the views of Lake Cayuga and the Cornell campus from the 5th floor were compelling. Also enjoyed the Japanese garden and the outdoor sculpture balcony.
Written 20 June 2023
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John K
Brooklyn, NY37 contributions
Oct 2022
...because there is NO PARKING! Absolutely insane, and even the poor museum employees are upset by it. Apparently most visitors are Cornell students who are required to go for some class requirement. And with no parking, prepare yourself for a hike up the Matterhorn! I never set foot past the main lobby, and I only ducked in there to inquire about parking. So this review is only about accessibility, not the museum collection. A major disappointment!
Written 20 April 2023
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,545 contributions
Dec 2022
We travelled to the Ithaca area specifically to go to the Arnot Museum in Elmira and the Johnson in Ithaca. At the Johnson -- admission is free -- the staff were very friendly and we had no problem with parking. Lovely museum with a superb collection specializing in Asian Art. Nice grouping of European and contemporary works as well. Well-curated exhibits with several beautiful local pieces, including from indigenous artists. And we concluded our stay with a stunningly beautiful Giocametti Standing Man. Seeing that piece alone is worth the visit. Plus the beautiful views of the lake from the fifth floor!
Written 13 December 2022
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Catherine P
Flagstaff, AZ5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Well what a huge disappointment! We drove 2 hrs to see this museum and there is no parking, anywhere to be found. As art historians and Museum employees we are shocked-access is usually part of any museum’s mission. Not this museum!!
Don’t bother even driving up there. We wasted an hour driving around looking for parking!!
Written 14 September 2022
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orrdin
New York883 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
What an amazing collection of art exhibits spanning all eras and styles - just a little bit of everything. And the highlight is the views of Ithaca from the 5th floor - not to be missed.
Written 30 October 2021
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Ellen B
Bear, DE428 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We were hiking at Treman State Park and decided to visit while we’re in Ithaca. We parked at the University’s pay garage, much easier than finding parking near the museum. From the garage it is about 3/4 of a miles through campus to the museum- a beautiful walk. The museum is free. They have collections in 3 floors, ranging from photographs to glass to Asian art. The sculpture patio has a really cool ceiling light display worth checking out. Definitely worth an hour or two.
Written 30 October 2021
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Charles H
Corning, NY9 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
If you have a love for the Arts then this is a must visit. So many amazing talents are preserved in this building. I stop at this museum when driving through the area for work. The art is breathtaking !
Written 29 September 2021
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY1,133 contributions
Sep 2021
I have been to the university museums for Harvard, Penn and Yale and I thought that this Ivy Museum would be a nice complement to a trip to the Finger Lakes. DON'T GO! This museum has very little to offer. There is a floor of Asian art that is very modest at best, and a wall full of American paintings, but most of the museum is either empty, under reconstruction, or poorly arranged. The only upside is that it is free. But parking is a serious issue. There are about twenty spots in front of the museum, most of which have been taken up by students. The rest of the parking on campus is severely restricted to faculty and staff. You could park your car on a street down an extremely steep hill, but that is limited to two hours, which might be okay because it would be hard to spend two hours in this place. I don't like writing negative reviews, but sometimes the truth is the truth.
Written 14 September 2021
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Vivinne W
Ithaca, NY4 contributions
Jul 2021
I love this museum- their collection from Asian is world class. And the building itself is stunning and odd as you can see (from the outside.) IT's worth a visit.
Written 19 July 2021
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