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Johnson Museum of Art

114 Central Avenue, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-6464
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Ranked #10 of 18 attractions in Ithaca
Type: Art Museums
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Falmouth, MA
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287 reviews 287 reviews
70 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

The Johnson Museum is not only a wonderful piece of architecture but is also filled with some wonderful art. There is an excellent exhibition of Asian art and some excellent modern pieces. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Ithaca.

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new york
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46 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This museum is free and theres no pressure to give a donation if you would like to. Its right in the heart of the campus and easy to find. :However, parking is terrible..theres very few spots in front of the museum; so you might have to walk a distance to get to the museum. There are two building that you... More

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McAllen, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Come for the art and artifacts but stay for the incredible view from the top floor. The views of the lake, town and campus are unrivaled.

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Topeka, Kansas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Well worth at least a couple of hours, the Johnson Museum of Art has a wonderful collection, from the prehistoric to the present-day. It's hard to choose between looking at the art inside, and looking at the 360 degree views including the Cornell campus and the landscape downhill to the lake. One floor has an outdoor terrace, with modern art... More

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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237 reviews 237 reviews
34 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

The Johnson Museum is on the Cornell campus. Sits on Libe Slope overlooking the Cornell Arts Quad on one side and Lake Cayuga and Ithaca on the other side. A great view any time, but particularly when the leaves are turning or after a fresh snowfall. Admission and parking are free. Exhibits are modest in size, but high quality.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It was a bit smaller than anticipated, but it is packed with treasures. Take some time and linger over exhibits. We enjoyed the concept in the design of bringing nature in as part of the artwork. The views are stunning and the perfect backdrop for the lovely Asian gallery on the 5th... More

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Finger Lakes Wine Country Region, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

A gem in the Finger Lakes. If you are lucky enough to visit during one of their special events, try to stop in. If not, go anyway: there are always interesting special exhibits with a strong museum collection as well. Every now and then, a class is offered to the public.

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This beautiful museum, designed by I.M. Pei and recently enlarged, is located on the Cornell University campus and has breathtaking views of Lake Cayuga and the surrounding area, especially from the 5th-floor Asian galleries. But tear your eyes away from the windows and enjoy the excellent collection of Asian art. Part of the recent addition is an outdoor Japanese garden,... More

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Windsor, Connecticut
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

While the asian art collection was excellent the other exhibits at the time we visited (september 2013) we found average at best. They were however redoing one floor that was not available for viewing. Admission is free (which was great) but while being on the Cornell campus we had expected a bit more of a wow factor in the exhibits.... More

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Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Though I graduated from Cornell in the era in which this museum was brand new, I had never actually visited it. It was a bit of revelation. It has a nice eclectic collection, especially in the Asian and Near Eastern galleries on the top floor. It also sports wonderful views of the surrounding areas. Do not miss the "everything that... More

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