Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Building Description

Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art is widely known for its architecture. It contains a controversial concrete facade containing more than 30,000 other works. On the fifth floor observation level, there is an extensive Asian collection. Prior to the 1973 opening of this museum, Cornell's art collection was housed in the Andrew D. White House.


The Johnson Museum of Art was designed by architect I.M. Pei in 1973. With the intention of keeping the view of Cayuga Lake accessible, it offers a panoramic view of it from its fifth floor. It also houses a room for meetings. One element of the original design, which was never constructed, was an underground Asian art gallery which would have included windows breaching the Southern face of Fall Creek Gorge. The permanent collection consists of more than 30,000 works of art. Most notable is the George and Mary Rockwell Asian Art collection

(607) 255-6464
Rast Ave and University Ave
Located on the first floor.
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Located on the first floor of the Museum.

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