Memorial Art Gallery

Memorial Art Gallery

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Things to know before you go!

The Memorial Art Gallery of the University or Rochester has an extensive permanent collection, an incredible variety of traveling exhibitions, & a well-rounded calendar of events and art classes.

Memorial Art Gallery
Memorial Art Gallery
Memorial Art Gallery exterior art
Memorial Art Gallery

Outside the Memorial Art Gallery

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.

Memorial Art Gallery Morse Code entrance

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.

Memorial Art Gallery
Memorial Art Gallery

Visit in the evening

And enjoy Double-Positive and other outdoor lighting installations.

FUA Krew subway graffiti
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish, originally commissioned for the opening of Eastman Theatre
Memorial Art Gallery American Art cover
Memorial Art Gallery Daze
Memorial Art Gallery stained glass
Memorial Art Gallery Modern Contemporary cover

Inside the Memorial Art Gallery – First Floor

The first floor showcases traveling exhibitions and rotating collections.

Memorial Art Gallery Renaissance Art cover
Memorial Art Gallery 2nd floor
Memorial Art Gallery
Memorial Art Gallery Egyption
Memorial Art Gallery 17th century Eurpoe looking into Baroque cover

Inside the Memorial Art Gallery – Second Floor

Second floor exhibits hold timeless collections of famous paintings and priceless artifacts. Visit during an Italian Baroque Organ concert!

Memorial Art Gallery DeTour baroque fountain court cover
Baroque Organ

Each Sunday students from the Eastman School of Music give 25-minute mini-recitals at 1 and 3 pm. Once a month from October to May, the organ is featured in Third Thursday evening showcase concerts with the Eastman School. Concerts are offered free with Gallery admission.

Borrow a VIP Pass from the library for discounted admission to the Memorial Art Gallery! $7.50 admission per person up to 4 people. Free admission for children 6 – 18 (up to 4 total). Not valid for ticketed events/receptions.

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Enjoy discounted admissions or ticket purchases at these destinations with the Monroe County Library System VIP Pass!

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Memorial Art Gallery Midtown Plaza 1962 - 1987 by Edith Lunt Small

More information about the Memorial Art Gallery

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.

Cost: Admission Fee; free to explore the grounds outside

Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)

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What is your favorite spot at the Memorial Art Gallery?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!


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  1. Is this a good time to go to the museum, (during this pandemic)? We are thinking of going the week after christmas. Please let me know if museum will be open and if the restaurant will be available. I am from Toledo. I am a Toledo Museum of Art Ambassador. I will be coming in an unofficial capacity.

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