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“Beautiful Displays - Definitely Visit”

Memorial Art Gallery
Ranked #12 of 143 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
Newcastle, Ontario
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Beautiful Displays - Definitely Visit”
Reviewed July 17, 2011

My 17 yr. old daughter and I went to the Memorial Art Gallery and spent two hours browsing through the displays and history. Beautiful pieces and building as well. The staff were very pleasant (even though I goofed and had my flash left on my camera). Nice little gift shop and a pleasant area to just sit outside of the gallery and have a relaxing break with the fountain and among the greenery.

If the place can hold the attention of a teenager and get the reaction "can you believe this is actually a painting!?" or - "how did they do that", I think you have a winner.

Visited July 2011
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Fairport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Terrific Teaching Collection -- It's small but with many gems”
Reviewed July 9, 2011

The MAG has interesting special exhibits. The latest was contemporary fiber art.

However the MAG's strength is that, despite its relatively small size, it has terrific examples (albeit often only one) of important artists and styles from around the world. Currently its first floor exhibits are American art from John Singleton Copley and Charles Wilson Peale through Bierstadt, Winslow Homer, Remington, & Catlin, to Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, George Bellows, Alexander Calder, Wendell Castle, Chihuly, Stuart Davis, Dewing, Dove, Eakins, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Gaston Lachaise, Jacob Lawrence, Lipchitz, Mestrovic, Noguchi, Georgia O'Keefe, Claes Oldenburg, Albert Paley, Jackson Pollock, John Singer Sargent, George Segal, John Sloan, David Smith, Tiffany, Twachtman, Warhol, and Max Weber. The first floor also has a small collection of art from Africa & Oceania.

The second floor begins with a small room of exquisite Egyptian artifacts including an elaborately decorated coffin. The European Collection begins with medieval stained glass and illuminated manuscripts, continues with Durer, Tintoretto, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Luca della Robbia, Bernini, Van Dyck, Franz Hals, Rembrandt, Rubens, Jan Steen, El Greco, Ribera, Boucher, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Romney, Hogarth, and Fragonard, to Cezanne, Corot, Courbet, Degas, Monet, Rodin, Gabriel Rossetti, Vuillard, Ingres, Bonnard, Braque, de Chirico, Kandinsky, Klee, Leger, Matisse, Renoir, Rouault, de Vlaminck, Henry Moore, and Picasso. The Second Floor also has a small collection of Asian, Greek & Roman artifacts.

On the first floor there is also an interesting gift shop and a restaurant. Often the MAG offers concerts, with admission to the concert including the Gallery admission.

Visited July 2011
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Riverview, Florida
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“Always visit when I come home”
Reviewed April 5, 2009

Wonderful collection always well displayed and fanscinating architecture keep me coming back to see what is new in this museum.

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