This page will be updated as needed (as of October 4, 2022).

*Is the Museum open?*

This fall, the Johnson Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesdays–Sundays, 10AM to 5PM and closed Mondays. Special hours for Cornell break periods, including Thanksgiving, are posted here. The academic calendar is posted by the Cornell University Registrar.

Masks are suggested at the Museum. Visit Cornell's COVID-19 Response page for the most up-to-date campus information.

If you’re closed on Mondays, why did I see people standing in the lobby on a Monday?

Yes, the Museum is normally closed to the public on Mondays. However, the Museum staff primarily works from Mondays to Fridays, so our main lobby (staffed by members of our visitor services team) is open then by necessity. The Museum is also available to rent for special events, so you may have seen a private event taking place.

Can I take pictures inside the Museum?

We do allow visitor photography for personal use without the use of a flash in our permanent collection galleries on Floors 1, 2, and 5. We ask that you not take photos in our temporary exhibitions because we do not always have the authority to grant that permission when artworks are loaned to us. Our receptionists can answer questions, and signage is always posted near each gallery entrance. Our Photography Policies cover press and special project guidelines.

I’m coming for a lecture after 5PM. Where can I park?

The metered spots in front of the Museum are free after 5:00 PM and on weekends. For Museum events after 5:00 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can also park at ANY Cornell parking garage. The closest is the Martha Van Rensselaer Hall parking garage off Forest Home Drive, about a five-minute walk east of the Museum. Always read the signs posted in Cornell parking lots for complete information about parking restrictions.

I think I lost something during my visit. What should I do?

Our Lost and Found is maintained by the reception desk in the main building. Call 607-255-6464 or visit the desk. 

Can I submit an exhibition proposal for consideration?

The Johnson Museum does not accept unsolicited exhibition proposals.

I’m an artist. Can I send you information about my work?

The Johnson Museum does not accept unsolicited artist submissions, and we cannot respond to or return unsolicited materials.

I work at Cornell. Can I borrow a painting from the Museum for my office?

Due to budget constraints and security issues, the campus loan program is not as active as it once was. Existing campus loans are allowed to continue, but most requests for new loans must, unfortunately, be declined.

I have a work of art but I don’t know anything about it. Can you appraise it?

Museum staff does not perform authentications or valuations. Professional appraisers can be found at,, and We can also provide contact information for reputable appraisers in the Finger Lakes region upon request.

Are there any job openings at the Museum? Where can I send my resume?

The Museum does not accept resumes directly or process job applications. When there are job openings at the Museum, we post to Working at Cornell. You do not have to be a Cornell graduate or current employee to apply for a job at Cornell.

I’d like to lend or donate a work of art to the Museum. What should I do?

Please supply a digital photograph and some basic information about the object (What it is? Who made it and when? What are the measurements of the work? How did you come to own it?) to If the work fits our collecting needs, we can then discuss the possibility.

The Museum cannot advise collectors regarding the value of their artwork, nor do curatorial staff provide authentication services. Please do not bring artwork to the Museum unless you already have an appointment.