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Memorial Art Gallery

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Address: 500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone Number:
+1 585-276-8900
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Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery is a journey through more than 5,000...

A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery is a journey through more than 5,000 years of art history. From the relics of antiquity to works in the vanguard of contemporary movements, the Gallery offers a panorama of the world's art. With the completion of Centennial Sculpture Park, the Gallery's 14-acre campus has been transformed into a spectacular urban space that is a destination for Rochesterians and visitors alike.

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Monet, Renoir, Degas, Moore, Pollock!

We have lived in Rochester for 15 years and remain amazed that a city of our size is blessed with a museum of MAG's quality. The foresight of the MAG's major donor (Mrs. Watson... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2015
Rochester NY
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Rochester NY
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Reviewed 24 January 2015 via mobile

We have lived in Rochester for 15 years and remain amazed that a city of our size is blessed with a museum of MAG's quality. The foresight of the MAG's major donor (Mrs. Watson) to create our area's ONLY art museum and place it under the careful stewardship of the University of Rochester is a key reason for its success.... More 

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 29 December 2014

As a resident of Rochester, going to the MAG was never high on my list. I thought "how good can it be?". I was mistaken. This place is very impressive and beautiful. The history of the museum and the works of art that is displayed is amazing. The restored pipe organ and the works of art are breathtaking. They offer... More 

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Painted Post
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Reviewed 1 December 2014

We enjoyed the special, temporary exhibits for which we came. However, the permanent collection includes works by many of the great masters, along with fine examples of multi-cultural art and examples of art through the ages. There is a restored pipe organ in the great hall, with concerts on Sunday afternoon. When in Rochester, NY, do not miss this gem.

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Spencerport, ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2014

This museum is nice to visit but I am never inspired to frequent unless they have a new exhibit of note. They get a lot of small exhibits but never seem to get truly exciting exhibits. When I lived in Toledo, their art gallery had exhibits highlighting Van Gogh, the art of Star Wars, 60's pop art (Warhol and others)... More 

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 5 November 2014

The gallery recently added and outside park the includes works by several local and national artists. The inside galleries keep a nice rotation of new shows with the permeant galleries changing things up now and then too. Nice size for this area. The surrounding "neighborhood of the Arts" has lots of shops and artist studios to look at too. Worth... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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Reviewed 1 November 2014

I greatly enjoyed visiting the Memorial Gallery. It is an excellent and diverse collection for its size and is convenient to visit. Parking was no problem and staff were helpful. I highly recommend this to anyone in the area. I travelled from Michigan to visit friends nearby, and I would definitely plan to visit it again and take my grandchildren.... More 

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Reviewed 26 October 2014

Beautiful marble sculptures, lots of historic artifacts. My favorite piece of art is the upside down rendition of American Classic" done in thousands of spools of thread. The special collection of art from the children's Golden Books was interesting

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 17 October 2014

I attended"Devour Rochester" at the gallery. Beautiful venue and wonderful surroundings for tasting various artisan producers of food and wine in Rochester. If you go, make sure you visit the organ that's was rescued and restored.

Thank Linda S
Lowell, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 21 September 2014

Lovely collection spanning art history. Really readable and engaging labels, especially in the American collection and the newer exhibits. It took me about two hours to see everything, so it's not the kind of art museum where you get sick of it long before you're willing to stop making yourself look at things. Thursday evenings have slashed ticket prices.

Thank Aurora E
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Certainly worth the visit - very comprehensive and broad collection. The Maxwell Parish is breathtaking.

Thank carolehk_wis

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