The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University opened in 1973. Designed by I. M. Pei & Partners, the Museum was named for benefactor Herbert F. Johnson, a distinguished graduate of Cornell’s Class of 1922, the late president and chairman of S C Johnson of Racine, Wisconsin, and a Cornell University trustee.
The Johnson is open to all without charge. Given Cornell University’s Land Grant status and its mandate to play an important role in the community, the Johnson continually seeks to fulfill its cultural and educational responsibility to serve a broad and diverse audience. The museum’s permanent collection numbers more than 35,000 works, spanning six millennia and encompassing art from most world cultures.