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Johnson Museum of Art

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Address: 114 Central Ave, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4002
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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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Good museum to visit in Ithaca!

The exhibition was very nice and the museum has the best views of Ithaca and the campus - must see if you are visiting Cornell!

Reviewed 17 October 2016
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

The exhibition was very nice and the museum has the best views of Ithaca and the campus - must see if you are visiting Cornell!

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Greenbelt, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Even before you get to the artwork, let me say that it's worth a visit just to go to the top floor for the view of the Ithaca valley and Cayuga Lake. That being said, the art is also very good. My friend - who works in the Asian art division of the Smithsonian - was enthralled, and we were... More 

Thank kevinwparker
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

It happened to be a Japan America exhibition day. I saw rare Edo era Ukiyoe by Utagawa Hiroshige. Good selections. You have to see this nice view from the window. If you like Met museum, you will love it.

Thank mariko k
Rochester, New York
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a terrific museum, a work of art in itself, but I am going to start out with a warning. Have a plan for parking beforehand or be ready and able to walk a long way on the day you visit. That being said, it is a very decent museum overall and if you don't have an appreciation for... More 

Thank Loren48503
Oslo, Norway
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

If you are interested in art and like to go to the best museums wherever you travel, this is definitely deserving of a couple hours (or more, depending on your interest in the special exhibits they have at the time). It also offers spectacular, panoramic views over Ithaca from the top floors. And it's free. (At least when I was... More 

Thank Catherine L S
Ithaca, New York
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Even Ithaca residents make regular visits to the Johnson, and they always bring guests. The views from the sixth floor are just spectacular, as is the Asian collection on that floor. But every floor is worth visiting

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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

As an educator I was thrilled to be on the campus of Cornell University. I knew I was among the best and the brightest. A visit to the Johnson Museum of art was a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Ithaca. It was fascinating to see the large collections of Asian art in this facility. The views from... More 

Thank Edwina H
Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

Small museum with good collection. View from 5th floor is awesome. They have a leaser room in their basement..that's really fun. It's Free for all & closed in Mondays.

Thank anuradha d
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

I loved this little museum on the Cornell campus. Many unique and wonderful features. First off, it's FREE, which is always a big plus for me. Second, you should go right to the 5th floor and see the view, which is beautiful. Next you should go to the outdoor sculpture garden and sit on the wide, deep bench and look... More 

Thank Nancy E
St Ives, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

This museum has quite a variety of art, going back many centuries to the current. Well worth a visit if you're in Ithaca. And it even has good views of the surrounding lands.

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