The Johnson Museum offers students many opportunities to discover and explore the collection. Whether you’re looking for cutting-edge contemporary art or ancient pre-Columbian pottery, a space to relax, the chance to make some artwork of your own, or an internship or volunteer opportunity, you belong in the Johnson.
Custom Tours and Workshops
What’s engaging, fun, and a great way to relieve stress? A special tour or workshop at the Museum! We offer tours and hands-on workshops tailored to the interests of student clubs, fraternities and sororities, and groups from residence halls.
Tours are free; workshops cost $3.00 per person for materials. We request a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 15 per group. Two weeks notice is required to get on our schedule.
Download the "Tours and Workshops for Students" PDF at right for complete information.
Johnson Museum Club
The Johnson Museum Club are students who share a common interest in and appreciation for museums and art. They promote student awareness of the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and resources, and host a wide variety of programs and special events specifically for students.
During annual Jazz Night, Blues Night, and After Hours events, students can explore the Museum at their own pace, see performances by a wide range of student groups, and participate in tours and hands-on workshops. Club members also collaborate with other student organizations to host events at the Museum, including poetry readings and concerts. The annual Student Arts Showcase welcomes the many talents of Cornell students in both the visual and performing arts. Gallery space is devoted to works of art by students for one week in the spring, and the opening reception showcases student performances.
Student interns work in all departments throughout the Museum. Cornell sophomores, juniors, and seniors are hired for paid academic-year positions (work-study applicants strongly preferred). Open positions are announced in March, and applications are made available online.
History of Art Majors' Society
The Museum provides the History of Art Majors’ Society (HAMS) an opportunity for Cornell students to acquire pre-professional curatorial experience by curating an annual exhibition under the guidance of Museum staff. Using the collection as a starting point, students develop a theme, choose artworks, and research and write catalogue entries for a publication. Students apply for internal campus grants and organize public programs related to their exhibition. This annual exhibition is funded in part by a gift from Betsey and Alan Harris.
Student Docent Program
If you love art and would like to share your passion, consider becoming a student docent. In this program, you’ll learn about the collection and develop techniques for leading guided tours of the Museum. To successfully complete the program, you will be required to give four (4) tours during the academic year and develop a podcast for the Museum’s podcast series, "Johnson ArtBeat."
Student Advisory Committee
The Student Advisory Committee meets twice a year to discuss how the Museum can engage students ever more effectively and are currently seeking new members from all disciples to participate.