Back To Previous Page

7th Annual Founder's Day (Free Admission)

  • Phone: (607) 937-5386

More Information

Free admission in celebration of the birthday of the late Robert “Bob” Rockwell, founding collector of the Museum.

A longtime collector of artworks celebrating the Old West, Mr. Rockwell donated a large portion of his collection to the Museum that would bear his name. The Rockwell Museum opened in 1976 and has become known nationwide as home to one of the country’s finest collections of Western and Native American art.

Facts about Robert F. Rockwell, Jr

  • Born Nov. 8, 1911 in Bradford, PA.
  • Grew up on his family’s cattle ranch near Gunnison, Colo., where he developed his love of Western lore and Western art.
  • Graduated from Stanford University in early 1930s.
  • Helped his grandfather, Lemuel Wilson Rockwell, run the family’s group of department stores, including one in Corning, N.Y.
  • Met and married Hertha Godley, who worked in the store’s accounting department, in 1941.
  • Enlisted in the United States Navy’s Construction Battalion (Seebees) in 1942; served 3 ½ years in North Africa.
  • After returning to Corning following WWII, began a family: daughter Sandra and son Robert F. (Bobby) Rockwell III.
  • Served as president of the Corning Rotary Club in 1949.
  • In the 1960s, helped to establish the National Cowboy Artists Hall of Fame and fueled the group’s initial exhibits with his personal art collection.
  • Collaborated with Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) on a community project to build an Art Museum to house much of his collection.

7th Annual Founder's Day (Free Admission)
  • Rockwell Museum
  • 111 Cedar Street
  • Corning, NY 14830
  • November 8, 2015
  • Free
  • Recurring every November 8th


The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate

111 Cedar Street
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 937-5386
Come experience our collection of art about America that tells the story of the American experience! The diverse collection includes a mix of contemporary Native American art with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. There are many reasons why you should bring your family to experience The Rockwell. We offer guided tours that you can book as a group, or you are welcome to explore the Museum on your own. Open daily, The Rockwell welcomes the young and the young-at-heart to explore Art About America. From Art Hunts to our NEW Family Exploration Studio, the museum is designed to make art accessible to kids, and inspire an appreciation for art at a young age. Kids love our activities, and parents become gallery experts to guide their families through the story of art throughout America. Young museum-goers will adore the opportunity to explore on their own. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century Old City Hall building Historic Old City Hall in Corning, New York, The Rockwell lays at the heart of the greater Finger Lakes fine arts community. Kids and teens 17 and under are always free and enjoy the complimentary shuttle from The Corning Museum of Glass.