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Memorial Art Gallery

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Address: 500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
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+1 585-276-8900
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11:00 - 17:00
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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
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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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M C Escher exhibit

This was a very interesting exhibit and the quantity of work this man produced was amazing. He had a very mathematical mind and consulted with mathematicians on many of his... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Pamela L
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Rochester, New York, United States
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Rochester, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very interesting exhibit and the quantity of work this man produced was amazing. He had a very mathematical mind and consulted with mathematicians on many of his works. The detail in his work was extraordinary. He didn't use a lot of color because he worked mostly in woodblocks and mezzotints. I am glad that I had the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have visited twice in the past year, both times drawn by special exhibits, but we wandered through the museum and found it to include a good selection and one that reflects various culture.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibit was wonderful. There was a docent whose perfume ruined the experience, for those of us with allergies.my other complaint was that the informational plaques were after you already looked at the picture.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the gallery for the first time in years to see the M.C. Escher exhibit. The museum is on beautiful property in the Neighborhood of the Arts (appropriately named). The museum itself is a beautiful facility that greets you with nice fountains and a small cafe. They have a diverse selection of art and the Escher exhibit was fantastic.... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The Memorial Art Gallery is well worth your visit. We were here to visit the Escher exhibit. There was so much to take in, that we plan to return for another visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We stopped in specifically to see the Escher exhibit, and it didn't disappoint! Other than that, pretty typical of what you see in other museums.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

There permanent collection was great and varied but the highlight was a large exhibition of work by Escher. Loved Boom Town by Benton also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

This museum is lovely for its small size. It has many changing exhibits on the first floor and is worth the price of admission. But...you must visit the permanent artwork on the second floor. The great masters are there, as well as sculptures. Take your time and visit this area. It is never crowded because I think everyone concentrates on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

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. Lovingly... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I was very happily surprised. This is a beautiful museum with a beautiful and varied collection. I would refer to it as a mini Metropolitan Museum of art.

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