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The Rockwell Museum is located in the heart of Corning, NY – an active community center for visitors and locals alike

The Rockwell Museum provides a unique work environment in the beautifully restored Old City Hall building in downtown Corning in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Nestled in scenic upstate New York, Corning is a vibrant community with an attractive historical downtown and home to Corning Incorporated—one of the world’s leading innovators in glass and materials science and the world renowned Corning Museum of Glass.  In addition, The Rockwell is within short drives to a number of higher education institutions such as Ithaca College, Cornell University, Corning Community College, Binghamton University, and Elmira College.

Our small staff is a committed, creative, energetic team that continually embraces diversity of thought and backgrounds. We are passionate about advancing our work and our commitment to the community.

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, staff enjoys access to world-class speakers, community service projects, an employee wellness program, professional development, a pension, retirement savings and more. The Rockwell Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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About The Rockwell Museum, A Smithsonian Affiliate

Buechner Bob & Hertha

Bob and Hertha Rockwell, painting by Thomas Buechner

The Rockwell Museum adheres to standards and best practices as outlined by the American Alliance of Museums and other professional associations, including the Smithsonian Affiliations program,  and the Association of  Art Museum Curators.

The Rockwell Museum’s core collection reflects the personal aesthetics and connoisseurship of Robert and Hertha Rockwell, our founding donors. The Rockwell continues to honor and build upon the legacy of these core collections which represent the art of the American west. In accordance with The Rockwell’s current mission statement, we as custodians and interpreters of this collection will strive to provide a more accurate cultural context for our holdings. Western Art cannot be isolated from the broader context of American art and still maintain an authentic voice. Therefore, we  diligently pursue the acquisition of fine art objects that complement and expand the existing permanent collection in order to better represent a visual narrative of the American experience. 

The Rockwell Museum’s permanent collection of American art comprises approximately 5,000 objects that fall within the broad categories of Native American Ethnographic Objects, American Paintings, Drawings, and Works on Paper (circa 1840-1940), Illustrators, Cowboy Artists, Modern and Contemporary Art (post WWII – present day), Sculpture, Photography, Arms and Armor, Carder Steuben Glass and toys.

In alignment with industry best practices, all aspects of The Rockwell’s operations are integrated and focused on meeting our mission statement. Our board of trustees and staff think and act strategically to acquire, develop, and allocate resources to advance the mission of The Rockwell. We engage in on-going and reflective institutional planning that includes involvement of our audience and community. We establish measures of success and utilize them to evaluate and adjust our activities. A private nonprofit, 501C3, The Rockwell Museum was established in 1976 and features art about the American experience.

2014-2016 Business Plan

2013-2014 Annual Report



The Rockwell is is a strong proponent of arts education and partners with dozens of schools and organizations in the region to provide meaningful arts experiences for all ages

Through compelling exhibitions and imaginative programs, The Rockwell Museum provokes curiosity, thought, and reflection on the history, cultures and traditions that shape the American experience.


The Rockwell Museum is an engaging place that ignites imagination, challenges perspectives and fosters conversation through art about America.

Organizational Values

Excellence – We are leaders in all we do.

The Museum is entrusted with the preservation and growth of the collection to ensure its availability for generations to come, while actively contributing to scholarship.   We set high expectations for all we do, and are focused on exceeding customer expectations.  Through the use of professional standards and best practices, our programs and services are focused on providing an engaging place to learn about American art. 

Innovation and Creativity – We design dynamic and imaginative programs.

Through collaboration and partnerships we deliver diverse and unique offerings that impact peoples’ lives in meaningful ways.   We seek a diversity of ideas, and encourage alternative thinking and solutions.  It is important for us to embrace change while respecting the traditions of the past.

Our People – Through the full involvement of our people we achieve excellence, innovation and creativity.

We are dedicated to fostering an environment of mutual respect, open communication and teamwork.  Individual and collective contributions are recognized and celebrated.  We encourage each individual to grow personally and professionally.  Together we make a difference. 

The Rockwell At-a-Glance

Collections and Space

  • 11 permanent exhibition galleries, 2 rotating fine art installations

    The Rockwell Museum was honored as a Smithsonian Affiliate in October of 2015

  • 5,400 objects in permanent collection
  • 850 study collection objects and specimens
  • 37,000 total interior square footage of facility
  • 20,000 square feet of exterior space
  • 9,000 square feet of exhibition space
  • 8,000 square feet of offsite collection storage
  • 8 public murals in and around downtown Corning as part of The Rockwell’s Alley Art Project


  • 47,487 visitors to The Rockwell in 2015
  • 21,000 people served at educational events
  • 334 membership units
  • 181,000 website page-views
  • 9.4 of a 10-pt scale rating on customer satisfaction
  • Collectively, Rockwell staff volunteered time for a dozen community boards and committees; and we collaborate with 16 other nonprofit organizations in our region. 

Associations and Alliances

  • Since 1995, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums LEARN MORE
  • Since 2015, A Smithsonian Affiliate LEARN MORE
  •  Founding Member of the Museums West Consortium LEARN MORE
  • Member of the Museum Association of New York  LEARN MORE


  • $3.77M Operating Budget FY 2016
  • $4,291,174 Investments

Our People

  • 15 full time, 1 part-time staff members
  • 15-member Board of Trustees
  • 30 Volunteers/Docents
  • 12 Rockwell Ambassadors (young professional advocacy group)

About Corning and the Finger Lakes

Located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, Corning is a culturally diverse city of 12,000 residents.  Combining small-town warmth and charm with cosmopolitan flair, Corning is home to the global headquarters of Corning Incorporated, a Fortune 500 company.  Corning is located in the southern part of New York’s popular Finger Lakes region and is surrounded by natural beauty with an urban sophistication.

Corning Aerial View

Downtown Corning is dotted with charming historical homes and neighborhoods

Centennial Sculpture

Downtown Corning is rich in history and local pride

Market Street

Historic Downtown Corning is a rich cultural center for shopping, eating and more

Market Street

Boutique shopping and unique eats within steps of The Rockwell

Events & Culture

Corning hosts several festivals and music events, every season of the year

Arts & Culture

The Rockwell collaborates with and contributes to the growing art scene in Downtown Corning

Spencer Crest Nature Center

The Corning area is rich in parks and public lands

Seneca Lake Aerial View

The region is known for its natural beauty and the famed Finger Lakes

Fall Foliage

Simply stunning scenery all year long!

Watkins Glen, NY

Just down the road is Watkins Glen State Park

Wine Country

The Finger Lakes are home to dozens of superb wine trails

Urban Eats

Local farms and produce make a bad meal in Corning hard to come by

Regional Population: 203,600 residents
including three counties within Finger Lakes Wine Country (Steuben 96,550, Chemung 88,330 and Schuyler 18,720). Rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, and splendid lakes offer countless outdoor activities. Fantastic restaurants, vibrant theaters, and live music abound. You can visit Finger Lake’s award-winning wineries and breweries, swim beneath towering waterfalls, ski and skate throughout the winter, take in the museums and galleries, or just stroll and shop along Market Street in Corning’s Historic Downtown.

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