The Johnson Museum actively contributes to the intellectual life of the campus and community, serving as an important educational and cultural resource for Cornell students and faculty as well as residents of the central New York region. Thought-provoking programs explore ideas across disciplines and ensure that the Museum’s collection and exhibitions are seen, studied, and taught to their maximum curricular potential. Through interaction with original works of art we encourage independent thinking and help visitors experience the multiple ways that information can be conveyed by a work of art.
The Museum offers two courses in collaboration with Cornell departments, "The Museum and the Object" and "The Museums and the Public Sphere." We work with faculty and students to design a variety of course-related projects and customized class sessions.
In addition to curricular programs, we offer a range of dynamic opportunities for Cornell students, including an active internship program and variety of evening performance events. The Museum’s year-long schedule of events includes visiting artist talks, lectures, “Art for Lunch” exhibition tours, “Art-Full Family Day” performances and activities, and much more.
Thousands of schoolchildren visit the Museum annually. School programs are designed to meet New York State Learning Standards and include the acclaimed OMNI (Object and Their Makers: New Insights) learning units. Ongoing training for educators is a critical part of Museum outreach.
The staff of the Museum is committed to engaging all visitors, and provides programming and museum experiences for people with disabilities, underserved populations, and those with special needs.