Learn the Story of the American Experience Through Incredible Art
While The Rockwell Museum first gained a reputation for its exceptional collection of Western and Native American Art, it became upstate New Yorks only Smithsonian Affiliate because of its tireless efforts to explore and convey the American Experience through fine art. In addition to the museums extraordinary permanent collection, there are two or three rotating exhibits each year designed to examine the people, land and ideas that shape America through the eyes of American artists, offering visitors the sort of world-class art not typically found in a town of only 11,000 people.
Located in the historic City Hall building, The Rockwell has been woven into the rich history that makes Corning such a special small town and is part of the regional Points of Inspiration driving trails exploring scenic sites, historic architecture, and geocaching opportunities through the Finger Lakes.
NO! THE OTHER ROCKWELL
While many first-time visitors expect this museum to pay homage to Norman Rockwell, it is in fact named for its founding collectors, Bob and Hertha Rockwell, who at one time shared their collection with the public at the family department store downtown. Eventually, interest in the art and the collection itself grew too big and needed a new home.
With three floors of works focusing on the people, land and ideas that shape America through the eyes of American artists, The Rockwell Museum is a relatively small museum that can be explored in the span of an hour at a relatively easy pace. Though don’t be surprised if you spend more time there once you encounter the world-class art with paintings and sculptures by masters such as Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Remington and Charles Russell, Cyrus Dallin, William Robinson Leigh, and Thomas Moran.
MULTIGENERATIONAL FUN: ART FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Aside from it's impressive collection, one reason The Rockwell was selected as a Smithsonian Affiliate is the extensive educational programming offered, like the Artist-in-Residence program and Alley Art Project, as well as various hands-on activities for kids of all ages like the popular Art Hunt.
Expanding on its dedication to children and families, the museum created the KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab located on Market Street.
Activities incorporate some aspect of the art on display, providing children with unique opportunities to interact with the art from their own perspectives.
In addition to fun family programming throughout the year, kids and teens 17 and under get in free every day!
With everything from charming hand-crafted totems and jewelry, to beautiful handwoven blankets, to stunning art, the museum store features a wonderful variety of made-in-the-USA, Native American-made, and fair-trade quality products.
Whether its annual favorites like Music, Margaritas and Sunsets during the summer, wine and beer tastings as part of an Urban Arts Crawl on the final Friday of each month, live concerts, story hour, celebrity speakers, or the Gingerbread Invitational each holiday season, the museum offers an eclectic mix of exceptional public events all year long.