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Here are some of our most frequently asked questions–feel free to contact us if you cannot find the answer you are looking for!

Why are you called The Rockwell Museum–any connection to Norman Rockwell?

The Museum is named for Bob and Hertha Rockwell, local business owners with an eclectic collection and strong love for their Corning community. They used their popular department store on Market Street as a venue to display their remarkable collection of Western art, Carder Steuben glass, classic firearms, and antique toys. 

In 1974, the Rockwells and a group of executives from Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) began working together to turn the collection into a museum for the benefit of the Corning, NY community. The Museum then opened to the public in 1976.

While the collection continues to evolve and grow to this day, the Museum honors the Rockwells and their generous spirit, continuing their commitment to make the collection accessible to all. 

The Museum is only related to Norman Rockwell on April Fool’s Day

Is photography allowed in The Rockwell? 

Visitors are encouraged to take personal non-flash photos. Additional lights and tripods are not permitted. Any artworks or exhibitions that are not allowed to be photographed will be indicated with signage. 

May I do a photo shoot or video shoot at The Rockwell?

Outdoor photo shoots on The Rockwell grounds can take place at any time and do not require an escort. Indoor portrait photography is allowed in The Rockwell with escort and advance approval from museum staff, following the guidelines of The Rockwell’s policy.

Revenue generated from commercial and professional shoots assists The Rockwell Museum in ongoing efforts to preserve, display and expand the collection. For this reason, commercial photography and photo use are both strictly controlled. 

Photography and Videography Policy >>

I am a scholar/researcher, how do I make an appointment to see a work of art in the collection that is not on view? 

Thank you for considering The Rockwell Museum as a resource for your research project. We ask that you fill out our research request form; our registrar will get back to you as soon as possible.

Research Request Policy + Form >>

May I reproduce a work in the museum’s collection? 

The collection images on this website are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced or used publicly without express written permission, except for limited non-commercial, educational or personal use. If you wish to utilize images for commercial use, publication, or any purpose other than “fair use,” as defined by copyright laws, it is necessary to receive prior written permission by contacting the registrar.

Can a curator or another staff member identify or appraise a work of art that I own?

 The museum does not appraise, evaluate, or authenticate works of art. To find an appraiser, please contact the following organizations:

American Society of Appraisers

Appraisers Association of America

International Society of Appraisers

How should I care for my own collection? 

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works provides a listing of professional conservators. Conservation Online maintains links to numerous websites providing information about caring for art and artifact collections.

I have another question!

Please email or call 607-937-5386 during business hours.