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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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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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This is a wonderful museum with very significant works and artists. Quite a large collection displayed in the open. No glass to obscure and no ropes to keep you at a distance... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is a wonderful museum with very significant works and artists. Quite a large collection displayed in the open. No glass to obscure and no ropes to keep you at a distance. You can really look closely at the works. They even supplied magnifying glasses in their Indian Miniature collection. Many notable artists as well as interesting local works. Not... More 

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

An unexpected gem. Had two floors of exhibit with paintings from modern to classic. Free parking and a wonderful restaurant makes for a good visit.

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Geneseo, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This museum is a bit tiny and doesn't have the largest collection around but they have a good variety of types and styles from ancient Egypt to current time.

Chesterfield, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Memorial Art Gallery is a great art gallery in Rochester. I had no trouble parking on a Saturday afternoon, and even when a wedding reception party arrived, there were still open parking and it is free. The grounds contain a very well landscaped sculpture garden that is worth exploring. You enter the museum through a beautiful 1986 addition that... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Good collection of works both ancient and modern. Highlight was the live concert given by students from UoR.

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Oberlin, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Our family went in May, 2016 and we enjoyed several hours looking at so many different styles of artwork. It truly is a treasure. Even the outside had interesting art to enjoy on the walkways. Highly recommend to anyone who loves art.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

A very impressive collection that spans a wide variety of interests. The collection is more extensive than we expected, and we were happily surprised by a lovely concert in the entry. Also a high end gift shop. Allow time to spend in the outside sculpture garden and the beautiful grounds. The nearby homes are also beautiful if you have time... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I always visit the Memorial Art Gallery when I'm in Rochester. When I'm free on a Thursday night I'll grab a glass of wine and a bite to eat. It's always a fun evening. The quality of the collections, though not grand, his high, and the special exhibitions on view are wonderful and always beautifully installed and sensitively treated. If... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Rochester was once very, very rich, which means that over the years, this museum accumulated quite a nice collection. I was surprised by an exhibit of Keith Haring (not very well presented, it has to be said: it's certain some of the text by William S Burroughs didn't match the specific panels it was attached to). And some other good... More 

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Penn Yan, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I visited here one Thursday evening, planning to just spend my time admiring art, but was so pleasantly suprised when I started hearing organ music wafting downstairs. I quickly proceeded upstairs where there was a large auditorium filled with people listening to two different musicians, one of them was from Germany. It made everything almost magical, and I loved it.

Thank Ruth S

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