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Memorial Art Gallery

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Address: 500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607-1414
Phone Number: 585-473-7720
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Live concert

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lausanne, Switzerland
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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

Thank rewaka
Oberlin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank pennypit
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Josh547
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 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 stars Reviewed August 5, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

I'm far from an art expert but I enjoyed the collection at this museum. The museum has an interesting exhibit right now in which it compares different portrait styles. The museum also has a mummy right now which could be fun for the kids to see.

Thank adam s
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Great museum - especially for this size community. Always wish I have more time to take in the art in a nice setting. They have excellent programs for all ages as well.

Thank JeffTeavel1
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

This is a fine art museum. It's lovely inside with lovely architecture and art. The atrium is beautiful.

Thank Ann V
Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

My husband and I visit here often. We love both their varied permanent collections and the interesting traveling exhibits. Each Sunday afternoon, an organ student from the nearby Eastman School of Music presents a short lecture-recital on their charming Broque organ. This is definitely one of Rochester's gems. We always bring our out-of-town guests here, and they love it.

Thank darjeelingfan

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