Where Art Lives!

I have heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope and a space that transcends boundaries, displaying art across a 360° canvas. It is a place that cannot be fully captured in words and must be seen to be believed. It’s surprising, inspiring, and sometimes even shocking. It’s an experience that bombards your senses and defies all expectations.

Best of Rochester - Day Trips Around Rochester book

Day Trips Around Rochester, New York

Best of Rochester Award-Winning Book for Best Published Literary Work of 2023.

entrance to ARTISANworks

I enjoyed this statement from RocWiki: “It’s a great place to take out-of-town visitors, small children, sullen teenagers, or bored Rochesterians who think they’ve seen it all.”

Another fun review on their Facebook page reads, “I’ve lived in Rochester for 22 years, and today was the first time I entered the main building of the Artisan Works. It was like walking into Narnia. I think every neuron in my brain lighted up as I continued to walk around the 30,000 sq. ft. of sheer art of the highest caliber. 4 hours passed by without noticing. Positive sensory overload humbles you.”

ARTISANworks street art cover

ARTISANworks is open from Friday to Sunday. If you look closely, you will find original works by some of the most famous artists including Picasso, Remington, Ansel Adams, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Frank Lloyd Wright. This place is perfect for a scavenger hunt and you could have a lot of fun exploring the amazing collection.

Take the Guided Tour!

ARTISANworks cars
ARTISANworks guided tour Bourbon Street
ARTISANworks Mels Diner
ARTISANworks classic car
ARTISANworks army jeep
ARTISANworks Bourbon Street
ARTISANworks casa blanca

If you have a group of ten or more people, you can reserve a guided tour of the buildings on the lot. The tour includes a visit to the new event spaces, Casablanca and Bourbon Street, as well as an incredible vintage car collection. Please note that this building is only accessible during the tour or an event, so it’s a must-see!

Take a look around ARTISANworks main building

These photos capture only a fraction of my favorite views. Despite visiting dozens of times, I still discover new things every time.

ARTISANworks toothbrush
ARTISANworks peace
ARTISANworks sofa seating
ARTISANworks Frederick Douglass
ARTISANworks Frank Lloyd Wright
ARTISANworks lips
ARTISANworks mermaid canoe
dining room
ARTISANworks large event space
ARTISANworks yellow brick road
Ramon Santiago

An exceptional collection of Rochester’s own Ramon Santiago

The majority of art is local, with many pieces created on-site. While you are wandering, you’ll likely come across an artist-in-residence working on a new piece or exhibit. Everyone I have met has been open to conversation and questions. This makes it truly a space “where art lives.” The studios are integrated into the museum itself.

More information about ARTISANworks

Cost: An admission fee is charged.

Located in Rochester (get directions)

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ARTISANworks exterior art full

Where is your favorite spot inside ARTISANworks?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

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    1. Thank you for reaching out Whitney! Ah, I meant free with admission. I can absolutely see how that was misleading. I’ve changed it to be more clear now. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know!

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