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Memorial Art Gallery

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Address: 500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone Number: 585-473-7720
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Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Glory from the "Ashcan"

What were American painters doing when the cubists were making those iconic pieces we are so sick of? Wonderful things! And this underrated great museum is the place to find them... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Iowa City, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

What were American painters doing when the cubists were making those iconic pieces we are so sick of? Wonderful things! And this underrated great museum is the place to find them. Its glory is a selection of paintings from the first half of the 20th century, including, for example, canvases of the "Ashcan" masters Bellows, Luks, Shinn, Henri. I was... More 

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Rockville Centre, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Well laid out collection of old an newer art. You'll enjoy a few hours there. Not over-crowed as my favorite museums in NYC but nice enough to squeeze into your plans.

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Rochester, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Memorial Art Gallery has a poignant history (having been built by Emily S. Watson to honor her son James George Averell, a grandson of Hiram Sibley, after James died at age 26. They have wonderful exhibits and lectures, music performances, as well as an amazing and varied permanent collection.

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Rochester, New York
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34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We became members of the Memorial Art Gallery so that we could easily come back to the Gallery several times. The Gallery has a lovely collection and the staff are very helpful and friendly. We also checked out their restaurant which was lovely for lunch. Rochester is lucky to have such a fine Art Gallery.

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Rochester, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I love the CREATIVE ARTS CENTER. I'm taking Art classes here with people who are my peers. There are classes in drawing, pottery, watercolor, painting, etc. The displays are varied and interesting. Nice gift shop.

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Rochester NY
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155 reviews 155 reviews
9 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 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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