In association with the Smithsonian Institution, The Rockwell Museum 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's intimate collection tells the story of the American experience through fine art. Housed within the Old City Hall building of Corning just steps from Historic Market Street, 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. Featured galleries represent the works of Andy Warhol, American Illustrators, The Hudson River School, the Taos Society of Artists, and masterworks of Remington and Russell.
NOW ON VIEW
Blanket Stories: Western Door, Salt Sacks and Three Sisters
This summer at The Rockwell, explore the histories and memories tied to humble household objects – blankets. After a community-wide call for blankets and their stories, Seneca Native Artist and proto-feminist Marie Watt has built this unique blanket tower specifically for The Rockwell Museum. How can a simple blanket ignite conversations? What memories are held in the folds? How can fabric tie an individual to the community at large, or to a place and time?
Historic Photographs of Watkins Glen State Park
In conjunction with the National Park Service centennial, we would like to recognize the local diversity of the American landscape preserved in the Finger Lakes Region. Exhibited here are historic images of Watkins Glen State Park, from its origins as a private retreat through its modern incarnation as a public state park.
Contemporary Katsina Dolls of the Ashman Collection
According to Hopi religion, the Katsinam each embody a different element of life. Katsina dolls were originally used to teach Hopi children and instruct them on socially-proper behavior. This collection has been created by a varied group of native artists of different times, regions and backgrounds.
Lock, Stock & Barrel
This selection of historic long arms and handguns is from the Robert F. "Bobby" Rockwell, III collection. From the American Revolution to the Hollywood cowboy, these historic firearms help tell the story of America and explores two and a half centuries of innovation in technology.
Kids and teens under 17 are always free; Art Hunts, I-Spy games, and the new Family Explorers Studio makes a visit to The Rockwell a fun, family-friendly experience.
Corning visitors will notice murals scattered throughout the alleyways of downtown – these works of art are created by Corning-Painted Post High School Learning Center students in partnership with The Rockwell Museum. Inspired by Native American symbolism and American art found in The Rockwell Museum's permanent and temporary exhibitions students from have designed and painted these wonderful public artworks.
Parking is free to visitors of The Rockwell - the parking lot is located directly behind the museum. Parking is free of charge in the City of Corning daily after 5pm and on weekends. The Rockwell is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Purchase a combination ticket for The Rockwell & Corning Museum of Glass to save 20%.