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Memorial Art Gallery

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Address: 500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone Number:
+1 585-276-8900
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

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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Spans all art...

This mid-sized regional art museum offers an enjoyable 2 to 3 hours of art treasure experiences of some really famous artists (Matisse, Pollock, Monet, El Greco...). The first... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This mid-sized regional art museum offers an enjoyable 2 to 3 hours of art treasure experiences of some really famous artists (Matisse, Pollock, Monet, El Greco...). The first floor houses American, Contemporary Art and a small collection of Africa, Oceanic and the America's Art. A decent gallery space is provided for changing exhibitions. The second floor contains many small galleries... More 

Thank John N
Waterloo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A true hidden gem. Amazing art in a great building. The displays do change from time to time and the cafe is quite nice. I personally love the second floor though there is some truly excellent work on the lower levels. And the courtyard is charming.

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West Henrietta, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

fun fact, some of the art at the gallery was from George Eastman, what you see at his grand home is re-productions. Monet is here, some American history art. worth seeing. forget about cell phones, you get to talk to each other here!

Thank terriavallone
Schenectady, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time in Rochester, solicited the opinion of a native, as to what to visit if one only had a couple of free hours in Rochester, their suggestion was the Memorial Art Gallery. Excellent suggestion and choice. I have visited numerous art museums in large cities (NYCity, Montreal, Boston, Paris, Berlin), but am always surprised by the little gems in... More 

1 Thank rschauer
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Terrific regional spot--friendly, warm, inviting and stunning. A hidden gem. There is always something terrific and lively to see among the special exhibitions, and the permanent collection is encyclopedic, charming, and a true respite.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

When I read the reviews here, I was a bit uncertain about what to expect. But upon visiting the gallery, I was taken aback by the breadth of its collection and the lovely venue in which it is housed. If you're an art lover and anywhere near Rochester, I would make tracks to this place. The galleries of American art... More 

1 Thank pds209
Naples, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Memorial Art Gallery has a well developed curriculum of activities and cultural events. There is so much to see in the galleries I find that I get saturated after about two hours. A membership allows you to 're enter at any time to fully appreciate the wonderful exhibitions.

1 Thank susanlarysz
Kennewick, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This is not the biggest art museum in the world, but it is still descent sized. They have quite a diverse collection of art for the size of the museum. They have American, Egyptian, Asian, African, Oceana, etc. Many, many beautiful pieces to enjoy. I spent a couple of hours going through the different collections. The cost was affordable and... More 

1 Thank Rochelle T
Rochester, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

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 

1 Thank Pamela L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

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.

1 Thank Steve W

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