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“Definitely Worth a Visit”

Johnson Museum of Art
Ranked #10 of 61 things to do in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY, houses more than 35,000 works of art in a historic I. M. Pei building.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States
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181 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Definitely Worth a Visit”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Though I graduated from Cornell in the era in which this museum was brand new, I had never actually visited it. It was a bit of revelation. It has a nice eclectic collection, especially in the Asian and Near Eastern galleries on the top floor. It also sports wonderful views of the surrounding areas. Do not miss the "everything that won't fit in the other galleries" room that is a bit hidden on the lowest floor. It has a wonderful collection of items from all over the world, including suits of Japanese and European armor. There is also a view into an interesting Chinese Garden from that level. Our visit was a bit rushed because we entered only an hour before closing time, but we very much enjoyed the short time we had.

Visited September 2013
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Wilmington, Delaware
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Asian art collection - free and quick”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Not a huge museum and it is free. We are not big Asian art fans, but enjoyed the exhibit, nonetheless. We liked most the led ceiling and bench dedicated to the memory of Carl Sagan situated on a balcony overlooking the Cornell campus.

Visited September 2013
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Uxbridge, Canada
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125 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

There are some real treasures in this museum and because it is not crowded, you can linger a bit longer than you can at more famous places. They recommend you start you visit on the top floor, because the view of Ithaca and the surrounding area is breathtaking. Even if you don't like museums, go for the view. Don't forget to bring a bunch of quarters for the parking meter.

Visited August 2013
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Waterloo, New York
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57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A fine collection of Art!”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Easy to find...The architecture can't be missed. Stands out strong on Cornell Campus. Fun to navigate through and certainly worth venturing into. Just the right size and contents to spend some quality time in. Be careful on a windy winter day~some mighty gusts up there!

Visited January 2013
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Lindenhurst, New York
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Pretty little museum on the grounds of Cornell”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

Nice museum to pass an hour or two in. I went with my teenaged sons. One loves art the other does not. The interesting architecture of the building kept my non-art lover intrigued.

Visited August 2013
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