The Rockwell Museum
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
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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.
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Cheri D
Yardville, NJ391 contributions
Aug 2022
Very nice little museum. We purchased a combination ticket with the Corning Glass Museum and there is a shuttle bus to and from each of them. The Rockwell focuses on Southwestern art including Native American. In fact, the special exhibit featured was of sculptures from Michael Naranjo, a Native American sculptor who was blinded while serving in Vietnam. Small gift shop as you walk in. Very friendly staff. A nice quiet museum to spend your morning or afternoon in.
Written September 21, 2022
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Carol Ann J
Germantown, NY1,575 contributions
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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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,702 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
This isn’t the best museum I’ve ever gone to. It’s fairly niche, a lot of early American stuff, but they had some nice First Nations people/Indigenous people pieces. I wish some of them had a little more context or information. A lot of glazing over on some pieces. When I was there, there was an AIDS exhibition, though it was tucked away in a conference room with table and chairs, and not well highlighted. There was a Nat Geo photography exhibition on the first floor, which was neat, but crowded. This museum was fine, but I wouldn’t make a special trip. You can get a combo ticket with this museum and the Corning Museum of Glass (also reviewed) for 28 dollars. Also of note, parking here is paid (not expensive) and there is a shuttle going from this museum to Corning Museum of Glass.
Written July 14, 2021
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,271 contributions
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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ISyzigi
New York City, NY134 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We purchased tickets to this museum jointly with the Corning Glass Museum and were able to go the next day (to avoid museum burn-out). Having so much space to enjoy the art was really refreshing. It was particularly eye-opening, after viewing glass beading as art the previous day, to finally recognize Native American beaded work as art. I also enjoyed the Hudson River School paintings and some of the Taos School. The extensive collection of firearms, adjacent to Native Ametican galleries, was dismaying. The gift shop is excellently curated, classy, and not excessively expensive. I recommend getting the joint ticket and visiting the Rockwell.
Written August 5, 2020
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Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written September 2, 2020
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Joshua S
Auburn, ME245 contributions
Oct 2022
It's not a world famous art museum and most people don't realize it exists, but if you're in Corning, it's totally worth to check out what they have going on. A Frida Kahlo exhibit coupled with their impressive southwestern collection made this well worth a small chunk of our afternoon. Compared to the other museum in town, it's a short visit, but still very much worth the stop.
We stayed at the Radisson which was literally one block over from The Rockwell and just in front of Market Street, so it was very conveniently located for us.
Written November 14, 2022
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CiaoBella112
Highland, NY68 contributions
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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Liz H
New York City, NY12 contributions
Jul 2022
We had a few extra hours in Corning and decided to dip in to see this small museum focused on Native American art and culture. We are really glad we did. It had wonderful historical artifacts that you'd expect at a Smithsonian related museum, but it also displayed contemporary art by Native Americans as well as art by other marginalized populations. It also juxtaposes the art created by artists of European background that depicted Native Americans, like the Hudson Valley School and some of the 19th and early 20th century western artists. The way all this was curated and displayed was very rich, creating links and parallels and contextualizing the art. This museum is worth a couple of hours of your time.
Written July 30, 2022
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WasOnce
Bucks County, PA474 contributions
Nov 2021
This museum’s focus is Native American art. Even if this isn’t one of your interests, there are still some nice pieces to see here and it can be a bit of a learning experience. Overall, we spent about an hour here. Purchased ticket in a bundle with the nearby Corning Museum of Glass using AAA discount. Free parking for visitors and staff at the rear of the museum if spaces are available.
Written November 3, 2021
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dese2
Auburn, NY2,652 contributions
Nov 2022
This smaller museum, but still three stories, in the former City Hall and Fire Station is excellent. We went specifically for the Frieda Kahlo exhibit. It is actually a collection of photos of her and some photos of correspondence.
The photos are by Nicholas Murray and give us an intimate look at her and their relationship.
The rest of the displays focused on native art. There are some fantastic historical and contemporary pieces.
The museum offers an audio app you access via a QR code. A description of the work and artist makes the experience extra special.
There is also an art cart with activates for youngsters - or adults!
Restrooms are available. There is a gift shop with many wonderful items. There is a patio area. No smoking, please. Photos are allowed in some galleries. There is free parking behind the museum.
Written November 8, 2022
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