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Rochester Art Center

40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
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Ranked #22 of 24 Attractions in Rochester
Type: Art Museums
Most recent review
- Sep 17, 2014
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English first
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The venue itself is nice, we were there for an event. Parking is difficult and requires a long walk. The event was catered by Canadian Honker, which always does great. The venue has rotating art displays, but it really isn't much to speak of or see. The areas with galleries can be covered in 20 minutes. With a look if... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I've gone several time over the years hoping something would be good but I am always embarrassed for them and leave with nothing but a feeling that I will never go there again. There is nothing there. Sometimes, literally empty rooms. It's not even as good as a high school art show. I do not understand these other reviews. Really?... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A great way to spend an hour or a few hours, looking and thinking about what is going on in another world. A way to free your mind from the daily world. Have fun and have creative thoughts.

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naples, florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We didn't expect a lot but were disappointed that there was so little art on display, and this after we took a sneak peek at the show opening shortly. We were the only visitors on no-admission fee Thursday. That says it all.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

They are always expanding on who and what to bring in to the Rochester Art Center (RAC). All day Thursdays are free admission and once a month (first Saturday) they have free family day usually including a fun art project for the whole family. I have been to numerous wedding at the RAC and they are always beautiful. Right on... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Beautiful building, but largely empty. There are no classes offered for the community outside of an occasional summer class for children, few events, and the facility is hugely underutilized. A world-class city of this size deserves MUCH better. I keep hoping there will be classes for adults taught by regional artists, but no. As it is, this center has very... More

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Pebble Beach, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Beautiful, small classy venue in an easy to get to Civic Center location. Where are the exhibits that are equal to the venue? After we finished walking through the exhibits we looked at each other in disbelief. How can such a great location in such a forward thinking city have what amounted to pretty much nothing on the floor? Very... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Art Center is a non-collecting contemporary art museum. As such the art is always new and ever changing. The curatorial excellence far exceeds what would be expected in a city the size of Rochester. The sophistication of the community has resulted in an art museum "worthy of the excellence of the Mayo clinic"

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Very nice small contemporary museum. Very interesting changing exhibits. Helpful, friendly staff. We will definitely visit again on our next trip to Rochester.

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

It was hard to find in the first place and once I found it I was the only one there. There were only 2 exhibits so they told me it was free, I'm not sure if they were changing out art or what. Both exhibits were done by amateur artists. The works were odd and lacked a lot of skill.

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