Arnot Art Museum

Arnot Art Museum, Elmira: Hours, Address, Arnot Art Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Arnot Art Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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hrobinson1114
Hopkinsville, KY2,422 contributions
Beautiful, unexpected
Jul 2021 • Solo
This site is in Elmira, so I made this part of a trip to see Mark Twain’s grave, his study at Elmira college, Rockwell Museum and the Corning Glass Museum, both in Corning, about 15 minutes away.

I was surprised at how beautiful this museum was. The initial room was a bright room lit by a skylight. This museum is one of the only/oldest spots of early classical art, where the collection is housed in the original home, in nearly the exact original configuration, without any pieces being sold off. Gorgeous and worth the 7 dollar entry fee alone.

They also have modern art and local art. Some colorful and provocative. When I was there, they also had some local Elmira artists, and some other random artifacts.

Beautiful and worthwhile.
Written July 14, 2021
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Donna L
Keene, NH40 contributions
A gem waiting to be seen.
Jun 2021
Small art museum. Hudson River artists works of art. Plus Mr Arnot's personal art collection. Very impressed.
Written June 17, 2021
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youthgoes
Lewisburg, PA51 contributions
Arnot Art Museum
Feb 2020 • Friends
I was in Elmira for the day and checked this museum out. I was pleasantly surprised! It is centered around Arnot’s former mansion, which includes his central art display room from the 1880s. Admission was free, as this is February, their off-season, and they were in between exhibits, but we did get to see their core collection of paintings by Great Masters such as Brueghel and Thomas Cole. They also have a very nice photography exhibition, as well as a collection of rare Asian artwork, and the artwork of local high school students. Perfect for an afternoon out with your family, or solo. Also great for kids too! Enjoy this local art treasure!
Written February 12, 2020
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babystepper
Big Flats, NY298 contributions
Local gem with great events - check the calendar
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is both an au-courant museum with great curated shows *and* a historic building with the founder's art collection on view in its original dining room setting.

Great community ties, and interesting events (well-known artists giving talks, concerts tied to an exhibit, etc). If you like culture and live within a drive-able distance, check it out.

Great staff with excellent insights and a welcoming manner.
Written August 3, 2019
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ABeerLady
Elmira, NY271 contributions
Regional Art Exhibition
Mar 2019 • Couples
Was at the Museum this past Friday for the Regional Art Exhibition and it was excellent! What beautiful works of art. Prior to the awards being given out, the Art Museum Curator said they will be doing their yoga/meditation classes at the museum in the spring and summer again and also doing an exhibit with an artist who was featured on Apple's Shot on iPhone campaign this fall. Can't wait to go back!
Written March 20, 2019
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Kiteguy
NY96 contributions
Very nice art competition exhibit
Mar 2019 • Couples
Attended the 76th annual regional art competition. Very interesting and varied artwork on display. Many of the artists attended as well. Free drinks and food made it a good experience.
Written March 15, 2019
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John N
Jamestown, NC281 contributions
One of Elmira's gems
Sep 2018 • Couples
This small museum, housed in a renovated Greek Revival home, contains one of the few private collections left intact in its original setting. The first curator and home owner was Mattias Arnot, the founder of the museum. His 70+ pieces of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century European paintings of world-class art is displayed in a drawing room in a salon style not normally seen in art museums. There is a galley of artists from the Hudson River School. Another small gallery contains early Egyptian antiquities including scarab beetles, ushabtis, cuneiform tablets and a life size xray of a mummy. Other changing exhibit galleries hold representational and contemporary art which I found intriguing and different. For a museum this size, it holds its own. Admission is a value and there is free parking in the back of the museum.
Written October 1, 2018
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CarolineatWOW
Dorking, UK38 contributions
Well worth a detour.
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is a fascinating gallery which because it was a personal collection of around the 1900’s has works bought around that time - but they also show exceptional local artists and are still collecting. I found it inspirational and well worth the detour we made to visit.
Written September 21, 2018
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Pamela W
Elmira, NY12 contributions
Great Art!
Apr 2018 • Solo
Since I was in grade school, a million years ago, I have always enjoyed visiting the Arnot Art Museum. The structure in itself is breathtaking, but the art is beyond description. If you want to get lost in a painting, imagine living at that time, there are paintings waiting for your escape. If you want to laugh, or become a bit un-nerved, there is something for you. It truly is a place to become lost in time...
Written August 7, 2018
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Randyrags
The Villages, FL50 contributions
Very nice small museum, good place for an hour
Jul 2018 • Couples
Small, well kept museum with eclectic collection. Hudson Valley school of painting room, set of 35-40 oils from 1630 to early 1900's, small group of modern paintings and Asian & egyptian artifacts & paintings. $5 for seniors.
Written July 19, 2018
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  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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