The Johnson Museum’s visible storage gallery on Floor 2L provides visitors with a fuller understanding of the scope of the Museum’s outstanding permanent collection. The dense installation of more than 1,100 objects provides an opportunity to study a large number of related works of art up close, and to compare and contrast a wide range of art.

The largest group of artworks on view are from Asia (more than 300), with the rest from ancient Mexico, Central and South America, and Africa, along with decorative arts from Europe and the United States. Each artwork in visible storage has a number rather than a label, which can be used with eMuseum to learn more about the object’s geographic origins, materials, and age.

Visible Storage Gallery Johnson Museum Cornell

The visible storage gallery is a hybrid classroom/gallery space designed for a wide range of audiences to explore artworks that were formerly in closed storage, off-limits to the public. The gallery was created as part of the 2011 expansion and renovation.

Visible Storage Gallery Johnson Museum Cornell

Third graders from South Hill Elementary School in Ithaca documented their gallery experience by choosing a favorite object in visible storage, photographing it on their iPad and recording a label on their iPads.