“journey through 5,000 years of art history”
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. The 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. In addition to its collection, the Gallery offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours and family activities. The Gallery was founded in 1913 by Emily Sibley Watson as a memorial to her son, architect James Averell. Given in trust to the University of Rochester, it is one of the few university-affiliated art museums in the country that also serve as community art museums. Today it is supported primarily by its members, the University of Rochester and public funds from Monroe County and the New York State Council on the Arts.
My friend and I were pleasantly surprised with the well rounded collection housed here. We are used to very large museums like the Smithsonian's so we expected this to be quite small, but they had plenty to keep us occupied and interested for a good 90 minutes easily. The two traveling exhibits in display (Afghan War Rugs and Vietnam / Civil War photographs printed on leaves and grass) were amazing! There was also some great Greek and Egyptian pieces, Medieval pieces... It was seriously well rounded! The was worth the money and I would definitely recommend it if you are in town!
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Memorial Art Gallery
- Wed: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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