Cornell History: Museum opens
May 23, 1973
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is dedicated. The museum, designed by architect I.M. Pei, was built on the site where Ezra Cornell is said to have stood when he announced the intention to found a university. The museum is named for Herbert F. Johnson '22, former CEO of S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. and a lifelong enthusiast of art and architecture. A long-awaited wing – part of Pei’s original design – that added 16,000 square feet of gallery and office space opened in 2011.