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Johnson Museum of Art

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Address: 114 Central Ave, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone Number: +1 607-255-6464
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Glorious Art on a college campus

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The collections of the museum are incredibly diverse and the permanent collection is beautifully displayed. The Asian collections are particularly impressive and interesting. The smaller modern collection is also worth your time. Special exhibitions tend to be uneven... some seem to be written for fellow scholars rather than the general public. There is no food service on site - ask... More 

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Landisville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a gem! If you're visiting Ithaca be sure to spend some time here. You'll enjoy the art, particularly the Asian collection and walking through a building designed by I.M. Pei. Even if you're not that into art, the top floor has huge windows with a spectacular panoramic view of the college, the lake and beyond. Oh, and did I... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Well, it's hard to review something when we didn't have much time to visit. We spend over an hour trying to find and figure out the parking situation. I really wish there would have been clear information posted on their website and had no idea that parking in the state of new york is always free on weekends. Once we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

They have some really great artifacts here including some tablets. The view from here is breathtaking. I believe there are about 4 different flights here. Weekend parking is free

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is small but has an impressive collection of art work. It is located on the Cornell campus. The top floor has gorgeous 360 degree views of the city, and depending on the weather sometimes the balcony is open for you to walk out on and see more sculptures. Parking is limited so if it's busy you might have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We have visited many of the world's great museums, situated in huge cities, and this museum pales in comparison to the Louvre, the Hermitage, the Prado, etc. Taken on its own terms, though, it's a very nice collection and well worth your time if you're around the Cornell campus and you enjoy art.

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