The Rockwell Museum

111 Cedar Street, Corning, NY 14830 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

More than a museum – The Rockwell is a unique community center where people enjoy, connect, and reflect on the essence of the American experience, character and values through the eyes of American artists.

The Rockwell Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Upstate New York. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th- century Historic Old City Hall in Corning, New York, The Rockwell lays at the heart of the greater Finger Lakes fine arts community.

The Rockwell Museum tells the story of the American experience through fine art. Housed within the Old City Hall building of Corning, this diverse collection includes a mix of nineteenth-century American paintings, historic bronzes, and Indian artifacts as well as twentieth-century modernists, illustration art, and contemporary photography.

Now, your admission ticket includes access to the KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab – a new interactive family studio located just around the corner from the Museum at 36 E. Market Street. Activity stations at the Art Lab are all inspired by the artwork and architecture of The Rockwell, with the goal of making art accessible to kids and inspiring an appreciation for art at a young age.


This year, we join in celebrating #SmithsonianMuseumDay with the introduction of Rockwell playlists on Spotify! Staff have selected a variety of tunes to accompany your journey through The Rockwell's permanent collection - take a listen and see what inspires you! BYO-headphones and mobile device. 

Plus, don't miss these special exhibits on view:

Crafting Identity: American Highlights from Tia Collection
September 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020

The Arnot Art Museum and The Rockwell Museum present a  collaborative exhibition exploring the power of portraiture and the human form. At The Rockwell, explore American Highlights from Tia Collection – see artworks by many important and influential American artists including Alice Neel, Irving Penn, Robert Mapplethorpe, William Eggelston, Robert Henri, Jozef Bakos, Andy Warhol, Ruth Orkin, Cara Romero, Roy Lichtenstein and more. This exhibition is made possible by Lydia Kenton Walsh and Robert Walsh.

Andy Warhol’s Art Factory featuring the Marilyn Monroe Suite | On loan from The Swope Art Museum
LAST CHANCE! May 24 – September 22, 2019

Experience the art and influence of pop artist Andy Warhol. See the large scale Marilyn Monroe Suite, a silkscreened can of Black Bean Soup, both on loan from the Swope Art Museum. Plus, explore more Warhol artworks on loan from local private collections. Become part of the Art Factory yourself with take-home projects and activities within the exhibition. This exhibition is made possible by Laura Coleman and Tom Halgash, and Melissa Gambol.

Eye Contact: Contemporary Native American Photography from the Permanent Collection
January 25 – December 31, 2019

This intimate exhibition explores complex themes of Native American identity as seen through the lens of First Nations photographers, including Zig Jackson, Shelley Niro, Mario Martinez and Rosalie Favelle. Through their work, many Native American artists address the complex and often conflicting nature of their cultural identity, being both Native Americans and United States citizens.

Antigravity: Needle-and-bowl by Melissa Vandenberg
March 8, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Melissa Vandenberg finds inspiration in ordinary materials, using items like matches, quilts, stickers, popsicles and temporary tattoos to address issues of power, mortality, patriotism and pride. Vandenberg used hundreds of handkerchiefs to create a site-specific installation in The Rockwell’s rotunda entryway. Vandenberg also had the opportunity to serve as a Guest Artist in the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Shop Amphitheater.


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