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Johnson Museum of Art

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Address: 114 Central Ave, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
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+1 607-255-6464
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY, houses...

Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY, houses more than 35,000 works of art in a historic I. M. Pei building.

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Beautiful place

Great collection. Wonderful staff. The views of Cayuga lake are amazing. Parking can be difficult but worth going to.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great collection. Wonderful staff. The views of Cayuga lake are amazing. Parking can be difficult but worth going to.

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Ellsworth, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were thrilled to spend time learning and enjoying the art accompanied by such phenomenal views from this aerie perch!

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Horseheads, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem in Ithaca on the Cornell campus. Admission is free and gets you 5 floors of art and views. Very lovely building too and free parking on weekends. Please visit and enjoy!

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a terrific art museum, especially for a town the size of Ithaca. Each floor has wonderful, unique surprises, so make sure that you have enough time to explore. However, even if you only have 30 minutes, that's fine. You can pop in and see a little of the museum. It is good for all ages and can be... More 

Cobleskill, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

There is a parking lot (it takes quarters) but make sure you register with the front desk when you park there or you'll get a ticket!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We went to the Museum on a rainy, cold November afternoon. In my opinion, the architecture of the building and the views are the best thing about the museum. Yes, the exhibit was very good. However, be sure to get to the top floor to see the city of Ithaca below you and Cayuga lake in the distance. It is... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Johnson Museum at Cornell is in an iconic I.M.Pei building overlooking Lake Cayuga. The collection of almost 38,000 pieces is varied and interesting Of particular interest is the exhibit of Asian art on the 5th floor. Their are currently 3 exhibits relating to Japanese art. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Parking is easily available directly adjacent the museum.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

A very good core collection added to when special exhibits pass through or originate here. The views from the upper floors, open if weather permits or fully enclosed offer terrific views down into the City of Ithaca.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

From the outside, this 1973 structure designed by I.M. Pei looks like a concrete bunker in the shape of a sewing machine (at least it doesn't block views of the spectacular Cayuga Lake). But make no mistake, inside is a stunning art museum. The museum, on the Arts Quad of the Cornell campus, is named after benefactor and Cornell alum... More 

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

If you are in the Ithaca area be sure to stop by The Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell University campus. The permanent collection is diverse, and the museum is an attractive facility to visit. Be sure to check the bottom floor for the visiting exhibit. Also walk around the outside of the building to check out a small... More 

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