The Rockwell Museum

The Rockwell Museum, Corning: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Rockwell Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Rockwell Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Rockwell Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Upstate New York. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th- century Historic Old City Hall in Corning, New York, The Rockwell lays at the heart of the greater Finger Lakes fine arts community. The Rockwell Museum tells the story of the American experience through fine art. The diverse collection includes a mix of nineteenth-century American paintings, historic bronzes, Native American objects, twentieth-century modernists, illustration art and contemporary photography. Your ticket includes access to the KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab, located just around the corner at 36 E. Market street. Kids and teens (17 and under) are always FREE at The Rockwell and Art Lab. Free parking behind the Museum.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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jfadds
chicago4,704 contributions
Worth a visit to see the western art
Oct 2021 • Couples
Situated in the old city hall is a mixed bag of art- much of collection was originally displayed in a local department store by a forward thinking couple- then donated to the museum.
Start on the top floor and work your way down.
The highlight for me was the western art- don’t miss the Remington and Charles Russell works
Written October 8, 2021
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CiaoBella112
Red Hook, NY66 contributions
Interesting American Art Museum
Aug 2021
We visited the Rockwell Museum as part of a combo admissions ticket with the Corning Museum of Glass and spent about two hours there. It is compact but well-curated with a focus on American art. Despite the name, the museum has nothing to do with Norman Rockwell, the well-known artist. It was a project that started with the generosity and foresight of local business owners, Bob and Hertha Rockwell, who had a tremendous collection of American art that they donated to the community. The museum eventually took over the town’s former historic City Hall where it currently is today. It is a partner with the Smithsonian.

There are permanent collections and rotating exhibits. We particularly liked the photography of the National Geographic Kodachrome series and that of the local Finger Lakes people by Chris Walters.

The museum is conveniently located at one end of the Corning historic district and is a stop on the shuttle bus that runs to the Corning Museum of Glass.
Written September 30, 2021
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ZipDr
Dieppe, Canada68 contributions
Incredible collection!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Incredible collection of art and Americana that is a true Gem in Corning. I’ve been back to this museum many times because it is incredible.
Written September 26, 2021
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,140 contributions
Art in an Historic Building
Sep 2021
The Rockwell museum served as Corning's City Hall from 1893 until 1974. The museum moved to this site in 1982. The permanent collection galleries are located on the third floor as is a lovely terrace overlooking the adjacent area. This collection is dedicated to American art and Native American artifacts. There are several Remington pieces here also. The seasonal exhibits are on the second floor. We especially enjoyed the photography of Chris Walters. There is a small gift shop on the first floor. The Rockwell is part of the Corning Glass complex and is a combined admission fee. A free shuttle runs between here and the Glass Museum, Welcome Center and Market Street
Written September 17, 2021
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G2655BWgaryk
Clearwater, FL659 contributions
A nice place to spend family time
Sep 2021
The Rockwell Museum is very well done in downtown Corning. There is a shuttle that takes you from the Rockwell Museum to the Corning Glass Museum.
Written September 8, 2021
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Carol Ann J
874 contributions
Very Nice Collection of Art
Aug 2021
The Rockwell Museum contains a variety of art from a private collection as well as other pieces. The floors of the museum have different collections with ample room to browse and enjoy the art without feeling crowded. There were only a few people when we visiting so we were able to take our time and appreciate the collections. We purchased a combination ticket with the Corning Museum of Glass and took advantage of the free shuttle which took us between museums.
Written August 27, 2021
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Mark G
Slippery Rock, PA30 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jul 2021
A very nice, well-maintained museum. Collection can be covered thoroughly in 1 1/2 hour, maybe a bit less. We bought a combination package admitting to Rockwell and the much larger Corning Museum of Glass (about a 20-30 minute walk from Rockwell, also a shuttle van runs frequently between the two). The combo ticket is good for two days, which you will probably need to do justice to CMOG.

Important to note - if you haven't picked this up already - that this museum has nothing to do with Norman Rockwell. Its collection focuses on earlier American experience, including works by/about the West, Native Americans.

In short, well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Written August 20, 2021
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Johnna
Gassaway, WV14 contributions
Educational and Fun
Aug 2021
We loved the giant paintings on the 3rd floor as well as the smaller ones, mainly cowboy-themed as well as Native American art. I'd say that the 3rd floor is our favorite.
Written August 11, 2021
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MACD
30 contributions
Very sweet
Aug 2021
Very sweet. Staff is upbeat. Building is small, old but incredibly well renovated and charming. Loved the Finger Lakes exhibit for the summer, wish there was more to it! Some of the artwork made me think....always a good thing. Glad we went, only took about an hour (or less). Parking in back is free.
Written August 6, 2021
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Karen P
Belmont, United States89 contributions
Okay but not great Art Museum
Aug 2021
This museum is much smaller than I expected, even though it is on multiple floors. My son and I spent about 1 hour roaming about. If you like the art of the old West, there will definitely be something here for you. I am a fan of Frederic Remington and there are two of his bronze statues on the 3rd floor. Probably the highlight of the museum for me. There is also a very nice gift shop where you can buy some very high quality items. Their brochure says you can see what looks like an interesting wall mural from the 3rd floor outside terrace. When we got up there we were surprised to learn that the mural is on another building about one block away. Not what we were expecting.
Written August 6, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM