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“Great selection of art; great views over Ithaca”

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
Syracuse, New York
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great selection of art; great views over Ithaca”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Well worth at least a couple of hours, the Johnson Museum of Art has a wonderful collection, from the prehistoric to the present-day. It's hard to choose between looking at the art inside, and looking at the 360 degree views including the Cornell campus and the landscape downhill to the lake.
One floor has an outdoor terrace, with modern art and those great views.
Don't miss the current exhibit of pop-art type paintings by Roger Shimomura, of his childhood years in an Idaho "relocation center" (internment camp) for Japanese.

Visited November 2013
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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789 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Art and a View!”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

The Johnson Museum is on the Cornell campus. Sits on Libe Slope overlooking the Cornell Arts Quad on one side and Lake Cayuga and Ithaca on the other side. A great view any time, but particularly when the leaves are turning or after a fresh snowfall. Admission and parking are free. Exhibits are modest in size, but high quality.

Visited November 2013
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Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Amazing views!”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It was a bit smaller than anticipated, but it is packed with treasures. Take some time and linger over exhibits. We enjoyed the concept in the design of bringing nature in as part of the artwork. The views are stunning and the perfect backdrop for the lovely Asian gallery on the 5th floor.

Visited September 2013
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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not to be missed views and art”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

A gem in the Finger Lakes. If you are lucky enough to visit during one of their special events, try to stop in. If not, go anyway: there are always interesting special exhibits with a strong museum collection as well. Every now and then, a class is offered to the public.

Visited September 2013
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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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313 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A gem for art lovers”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

This beautiful museum, designed by I.M. Pei and recently enlarged, is located on the Cornell University campus and has breathtaking views of Lake Cayuga and the surrounding area, especially from the 5th-floor Asian galleries. But tear your eyes away from the windows and enjoy the excellent collection of Asian art. Part of the recent addition is an outdoor Japanese garden, a serene place to sit and relax. The museum just celebrated its 40th anniversary and it's a museum worth celebrating. The collection is wide-ranging and there are always good temporary exhibits and events as well. It is a very welcoming place, not only for students and faculty, but for the community at large, including families with children.

Visited September 2013
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