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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...more
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...More
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...More
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,...More
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.
A friend and I took about an hour and a half and slowly walked through the entire museum picture by picture. Lots of beautiful art and nicely displayed. Very clean and quiet – we were the only ones in the museum I think. The docent...More
Living in the area, I am ashamed to say the first time I visited the Arnot Art Museum was this year. I am glad I did and will return frequently. The interior itself is something to see. The exhibits are awe-inspiring. A lot of "wow"...More
Date of experience: February 2017
ArnotArtMuseum, Guest Relations Manager at Arnot Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2017
Hello Stacey, we are so glad you were able to stop into the Museum and see the collections. We look forward to having you visit again!
….that a small town in up-State New York should not only have a museum, but one with works of art that are worth making a journey for.
One of the few very early purpose-built picture galleries to survive architecturally and survive with the original contents,...More
Nice little museum in the downtown area. No big masters but very interesting eclectic collection. Located in the Arnot family house which is very interesting in itself.
On thing I was sorry about was I missed the Hudson River collection as they had just rotated...More
Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Mike R
ArnotArtMuseum, Guest Relations Manager at Arnot Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2016
Thank you for stopping in while you were in town. We hope to see you next year after Labor Day when Hudson River School paintings will be back on view.
The primary attraction for us to visit the Arnot Museum was the 75th annual regional art exhibit in which artists exclusively from western New York had their judged works on display. As inveterate museum goers, we were quite impressed with the quality and variety of...More