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Address: 235 Lake St, Elmira, NY 14901-3191
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+1 607-734-3697
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Arnot Art Museum is a landmark jewel of the art world in downtown...

The Arnot Art Museum is a landmark jewel of the art world in downtown Elmira, New York. Housed in the 1833 neo-classical Arnot family mansion, it is one of the last remaining private art collections formed in the 19th century still exhibited in its original showcase. Temporary exhibitions highlight various aspects of the collections and include works from museums around the world.

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It is unbeliveable.....

….that a small town in up-State New York should not only have a museum, but one with works of art that are worth making a journey for. One of the few very early purpose-built... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
Mike H
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

….that a small town in up-State New York should not only have a museum, but one with works of art that are worth making a journey for. One of the few very early purpose-built picture galleries to survive architecturally and survive with the original contents, some of the works on display are world-class. The Claude Lorrain, bought with other pictures... More 

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Endicott, New York
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Not really an art museum wanderer usually, but that said was quiet an pleasant with some interesting exhibits.

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

Nice little museum in the downtown area. No big masters but very interesting eclectic collection. Located in the Arnot family house which is very interesting in itself. On thing I was sorry about was I missed the Hudson River collection as they had just rotated it out. Staff was very friendly and I would recommend a visit when in the... More 

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ArnotArtMuseum, Guest Relations Manager at Arnot Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in while you were in town. We hope to see you next year after Labor Day when Hudson River School paintings will be back on view. More 

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Reviewed 2 August 2016

The primary attraction for us to visit the Arnot Museum was the 75th annual regional art exhibit in which artists exclusively from western New York had their judged works on display. As inveterate museum goers, we were quite impressed with the quality and variety of the works of art, justifying their claim as a premier museum among the smaller ones.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

Although not a huge museum, the Arnot has a lovely collection of art. We were greeted warmly at the reception desk and the young lady even spent a few minutes with us, telling us about various pieces in the museum.

Thank ChipCoffey
Utica, New York
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

One of the great small museums in upstate New York. Arnot often offers great temporary exhibitions but the anchor is the superb permanent collection -- specializes in American Art masters but there's an impressive European selection as well. Not many places this size where you can see a Brueghel, Courbet, Bougereau, Millet. A truly important contribution to arts culture.

Thank RonL40
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

For a small town museum it is extroardinary, We were quite surprised by the quality and broad range of the collection.

Thank John B
Franklin, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 12 March 2016

A very nice small museum.Beautiful european vintage paintings.Some nice modern pieces as well.Worth a visit for anyone.

Thank cecustard
Elmira, NY
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

The Arnot Art Museum opened in 1913 and has a fine collection of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century European paintings as well as more modern pieces - they have many changing exhibitions so return trips are definitely called for. Admission is reasonable - $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors. The collection is always interesting and the staff is readily available and... More 

Thank RayMargeson
Elmira, New York
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

I enjoyed coming here as a child and now enjoy bringing my children. It is a nice educational spot for families.

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