The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, opened in 1973. The building was designed by I. M. Pei & Partners and named for Herbert F. Johnson, Cornell Class of 1922, who was president and chairman of S C Johnson and a Cornell University trustee.
Since its beginning the Johnson Museum of Art has been open to all with free admission. The Johnson Museum continually seeks to fulfill its cultural and educational responsibility to serve a broad and diverse audience. More than 80,000 visitors come to the Museum each year, from school groups to visitors to the Central New York region.
Today, the permanent collection of the Johnson Museum of Art count more than 35,000 works, spanning six thousand years and showcasing art from most world cultures. The entire collection can be searched via our eMuseum database.
Among the strengths of the collection are art from across Asia; more than 22,000 prints, drawings, and photographs from the 15th century to the present; modern and contemporary painting and sculpture; European art from ancient times to the present, African sculpture and textiles, and pre-Columbian sculpture and ceramics. The collections are the foundation for all Johnson Museum of Art initiatives in teaching, research, and the development of projects to connect people, art, and ideas in creative ways.