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Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester
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The Memorial Art Gallery is the civic art museum of Rochester, New York. Founded in 1913, it is part of the University of Rochester and occupies the southern half of the University's former Prince Street campus. It is the focal point of fine arts activity in the region and hosts the biennial Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition and the annual Clothesline Festival.HistoryThe Gallery is a memorial to James George Averell, a grandson of Hiram Sibley. After Averell died at age 26, his mother, Emily S. Watson (by then the wife of James Sibley Watson), spent several years seeking a way to publicly commemorate him. Meanwhile, Rush Rhees, president of the University of Rochester, had been looking for benefactors to help him add to the University's campus, then located on Prince Street in the City of Rochester. Hiram Sibley had some 30 years previous funded the construction of the University's library which displayed part of Sibley's art collection on its upper floor for a time, but Rhees wanted to construct a dedicated art gallery. The Rochester Art Club, which was the focal point for art enthusiasts of the area and which had exhibited and taught at art venues of the time (Reynolds Arcade, the Bevier Memorial Building, and the Powers Block) supported the creation of the gallery. Rhees assembled a board of managers, including the Art Club's president, George L. Herdle, in November 1912 and by the eighth of the following October, presided over the Gallery's opening. The inaugural exhibition consisted of paintings from dealers for sale, with the Gallery taking a 10% commission. The most wealthy families immediately gifted their purchases to the gallery to start its permanent collection.
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TripAdvisor
  • There permanent collection was great and varied but the highlight was a large exhibition of work by Escher. Loved Boom Town by Benton also. 
  • This museum is lovely for its small size. It has many changing exhibits on the first floor and is worth the price of admission. But...you must visit the permanent artwork on the second floor. The grea...  more »
  • 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 pan...  more »
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  • Great place to check out beautiful works of art. Monet's, mummy, and rotating gallery are cool features.
  • Reasonable price, for a really nice museum. There's also art outside the museum that is fun drive past and look at
  • Great art gallery with a rotating display of exhibits. Always some interesting things to look at. Price is reasonable and the building itself is really cool.
  • You'll love it. Must see
  • This gallery is OK. It has a wide variety of items, but it's pretty small.