We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: Closed
Save
Review Highlights
Grandmother and grandson trip

I love that art museum in Rochester. It is one of my favorite attractions in Rochester the third... read more

Reviewed September 20, 2021
Jamesodumond
,
Hamlin, New York
It's a great place to spend the afternoon

This is a beautiful museum with lots to see. It is one of those art museums that has something from... read more

Reviewed September 14, 2021
JohnRegoPark
,
Rego Park, New York
Read all 244 reviews
  
Recommended experiences in and around Rochester
from $167.07
More Info
from $154.60
More Info
from $154.60
More Info
from $167.07
More Info
Reviews (244)
Filter reviews
244 results
Traveler rating
157
68
14
3
2
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
Traveler rating
157
68
14
3
2
Show reviews that mention
All reviews small museum sculpture garden fine examples great collection second floor nice gift shop beautiful building mag monet baroque exhibits breadth oceanic portraits
Selected filters
Filter
Updating list...
77 - 82 of 244 reviews
Reviewed November 17, 2016

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.

Lovingly referred to as “the mini MET,” the Memorial Art Gallery’s permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of metropolitan New York City. Winslow Homer, The Artist’s Studio in an Afternoon Fog, 1894, Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, Veiled Sun, 1903, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Portrait of a Young Man in an Armchair, ca. 1660 - just a tiny sampling.

We arrived during the M. C. Escher: Reality and Illusion exhibit in the Grand Gallery, including early figure drawings, lesser-known book illustrations, detailed Italian landscapes, the “tessellations” for which he became famous, and several examples of his signature architectural fantasies in which stairways seem to go nowhere or to mysteriously circle back upon themselves.

The most iconic works by Dutch artist M.C. Escher, including a pair of hands drawing themselves and fish morphing into birds, are familiar to many. This exhibition of over 100 woodcuts, lithographs, and drawings takes one deeper into both the literal and unfeasible worlds he created over a career that spanned five decades.

What I enjoy the most here is the special way in which space compliments the enclosed exhibits. As one enters each gallery one must pause to take it all in, a real visual treat, making each gallery special, on then it's on to examine so many fine treasures. I am always blown away by the exquisite marble statues and how they are framed. African masks are amazing and an inspiration for modern artists who capture their themes. And, upon entering the place, you are greeted by a Henry Moore bronze. How sweet is that?

For lunch, we dined inside at the Brown Hound Downtown, a cozy restaurant perched one floor up which allowed a view of the Moore sculpture as we enjoyed delicious potato soup and I chatted with our server (at length) who happened to be a Montréal Canadiens fan like me, unfortunately for my spouse - as we did reminisce a lot!

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Mike K
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 14, 2016

I was very happily surprised. This is a beautiful museum with a beautiful and varied collection. I would refer to it as a mini Metropolitan Museum of art.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank EWING529
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 8, 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 crowded at all. Many different periods and countries represented.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Jeanne T
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 8, 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.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank HarryR37
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 29, 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.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank JTCCG
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews