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Everson Museum of Art

Brutalist architecture, American art and one of the world’s finest ceramics collections come together at this small but mighty museum in Syracuse’s downtown.

Founded in 1897, the Everson Museum of Art is most widely known for its extensive collection of ceramics and its striking brutalist building designed by the illustrious architect I.M. Pei. The design was groundbreaking in 1968, when it was opened to the public, and catapulted the Everson to a national stage. Enjoy a few hours in the museum viewing the 11,000 works of mostly American art, lovingly tended by a knowledgeable group of curators.

Take your time before entering the museum to explore its multiple façades. Pei intended for the entrance to be difficult to find, so don’t get discouraged if it takes a while. The blank outer walls are also used for movie screenings on summer evenings. 

Meander through the museum’s outdoor sculpture gallery, featuring works of prominent international artists. Enter the light-filled lobby and admire the circular staircase, a favorite of architecture photographers. 

Not all of the collection is on display at once; go on a treasure hunt for Jackson Pollock, Edward Hicks and Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington.

Be sure to see the Syracuse China Center for the Study of Ceramics in the basement, which is renowned as one of the world’s best ceramics collection. 

Marvel at ancient sculpture, at the exquisite craftsmanship of iconic blue and white Ming vases and at contemporary explorations of the medium. Find the famous Scarab Vase, the work of legendary Syracuse ceramist Adelaïde Alsop Robineau. Walk out with a new appreciation of ceramics as a medium.

Find Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse, a 15-minute walk from Syracuse University and a 15-minute drive from the Syracuse airport. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday afternoons. It opens in the morning on Saturdays and stays open into the evening on Thursdays. Wednesdays offer a pay-what-you-wish option while other days require a fee for entry. Use the complimentary parking in a small on-site lot or metered parking along the nearby streets, which is free on Sundays and in the evening.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown At Armory Square $118
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