Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery has an extensive permanent collection, an incredible variety of traveling exhibitions, & a well-rounded calendar of events and art classes.
On the museum campus, you’ll find the Sculpture Park, including The Creation Story by sculptor Tom Otterness, and The Unicorn Family by Wendell Castle. Around the perimeter is the Poets Walk and Story Walk. This “urban gathering space” in the Neighborhood of the Arts welcomes you to explore the grounds for free and use your imagination to interact with the elements. There is Morse Code set in the brick sidewalks. No spoilers! Try to decipher it yourself (here’s a Morse Code translator) or read about it here.
Visit in the evening to enjoy Double-Positive and other outdoor lighting.
The first floor showcases traveling exhibitions and rotating collections. Second floor exhibits hold timeless collections of famous paintings and priceless artifacts.
Check out “MAG Thursdays” from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Half price admission, live music, wine, beer and food for purchase. There are also family-centric cultural heritage days when admission is free ($5 donation suggested.) The MAG is always trying new things, most likely influenced by their affiliation with the University of Rochester, and their location in downtown Rochester.
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More information about the Memorial Art Gallery
- Cost: Admission Fee; free to explore the grounds outside
- Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)
- More information: mag.rochester.edu
Check out the Poets Walk and Story Walk outside along University and Goodman.