• 40th Anniversary
  • Galleries & Exhibitions
  • Special 40th Anniversary Events: Reserve Today!
  • Smithsonian Affiliation
  • 40th Anniversary

    Reinventing The Rockwell

    Art about the American Experience

    The Rockwell is turning 40 in 2016 and a top-to-bottom transformative project is nearly complete! For the first time in 15 years, and timed to coincide with a milestone year, The Rockwell has been eagerly reinstalling every gallery, creating a new visitor check-in area, revitalizing the museum store and celebrating with exciting new exhibitions and events.

    Our galleries are shifting the focus of themes from the West to the American experience. This re-imagining comes at a time of celebration as we enter our 40th year and enjoy our status as a newly announced Smithsonian Affiliate -- the only one in Upstate New York. We now have over 3,000 pieces in our collection, including great American paintings, illustrations and works on paper, Native American artifacts, artistic works from post-war America to the present day, photography, and arms and armor.

    The Rockwell at 40 Video Series

    The Rockwell at 40: Memories & History

    “One of my best memories would be Masks & Monologues. Just sitting outside on the balcony and watching High School Learning Center Students… and all of these supportive people helping them at that moment when they’re performing.”
    –Dr. Constance Sullivan-Blum, Executive Director, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

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    The Rockwell at 40: Community

    “It takes a lot to make a community work. Obvious things like hospitals, schools… but you need a strong culture and you need a diverse culture, and I think The Rockwell is a real difference-maker in this community.”
    –James Flaws, Former Corning Inc. Vice Chairman & CFO

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    The Rockwell at 40: Passion

    “I care about The Rockwell because I feel like The Rockwell cares about its community. It’s just easy to want to work with, to be affiliated with or want to be a part of something that just gives back so much.”
    -Dave Quackenbush, Lead Teacher at CPP High School Learning Center

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    The Rockwell at 40: Future

    “Instead of saying, “Here’s who we are, here’s who we think we’re going to be, and this is what we’re going to do,” The Rockwell is going out to the community and saying, “What do you want? What do you want us to be? How can we help you? That’s important.”
    –Jim Pfiffer, Friends of the Chemung River Watershed

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    Galleries & Exhibitions

    Special 40th Anniversary Events: Reserve Today!

  • November 7 - 13

    40th Anniversary Founder's Week

    Free Admission All Week, All Ages!
  • November 14

    Meet Me At The Museum: November Tour & Art Project

    1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • November 19

    40th Anniversary Black & Gold Gala

    Museum-wide Celebration. 8 to 11 p.m.,
  • December 1

    Gingerbread Invitational: Opening Reception

    5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Smithsonian Affiliation

    The Rockwell will now be the Upstate NY conduit to the Smithsonian and its many resources. In turn, Smithsonian patrons will gain greater access to The Rockwell’s collections and programs. This new status makes The Rockwell Museum one of only 206 Smithsonian Affiliates nationwide, and, at present, the only such organization in Upstate NY.


    Thank you for 40 years of support for The Rockwell Museum.
    We're looking forward to showing off our re-imagined collection in 2016!