Arnot Art Museum, Elmira

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The Arnot Art Museum is a landmark jewel of the art world in downtown Elmira, New York. Housed in the 1833 neo-classical Arnot family mansion, it is one of the last remaining private art collections formed in the 19th century still exhibited in its original showcase. Matthias H. Arnot added a picture gallery in the 1890’s and bequeathed his home and collection in 1910 to become the Arnot Art Museum, which opened to the public three years later. A 1985 addition by Graham Gund Associates provides additional exhibition galleries.

The Museum displays a Permanent Collection of 17th - to 19th –century European paintings, 19th- through 21st- century American art and collections of Asian and Egyptian artifacts. Temporary exhibitions highlight various aspects of the collections and include works from museums around the world.
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  • Living in the area, I am ashamed to say the first time I visited the Arnot Art Museum was this year. I am glad I did and will return frequently. The interior itself is something to see. The exhibits a...  more »
  • ….that a small town in up-State New York should not only have a museum, but one with works of art that are worth making a journey for. One of the few very early purpose-built picture galleries to surv...  more »
  • Not really an art museum wanderer usually, but that said was quiet an pleasant with some interesting exhibits.  more »
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  • Attractive, smaller, but historic art museum featuring a permanent salon-style display of works from their founder's collection in the original Victorian era gallery. They also have spaces on two floors devoted to changing exhibitions of largely 20th century representional art, with a few Asian items in one small area as well. A few books are for sale, but they don't have a gift shop or cafe.
  • Very well done. Liked the visit at the museum.
  • A Hidden Treasure buried in the Heart of Town
  • A treasure for our region.
  • The Arnot Art Museum is a world-class institution of fine art located at 235 Lake Street in Elmira, New York, and open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am - 5pm. A landmark in downtown Elmira, the Museum is housed in the 1833 neo-classical mansion of John Arnot. His son, Matthias H. Arnot, added a Picture Gallery in the 1880’s and bequeathed his home and collection in 1910 to become the Arnot Art Museum, which opened to the public three years later. The Museum displays a permanent collection of seventeenth- to nineteenth-century European paintings, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art and collections of Asian and Egyptian artifacts. Temporary exhibitions highlight various aspects of the collections and include works from museums around the world.
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