MAG History

Founded in 1913 by Emily Sibley Watson, the Memorial Art Gallery has played a central role in Rochester’s cultural life for more than 100 years. Learn more about MAG’s history in the following pages & timelines.

The Memorial Art Gallery—and How It Grew

Memorial Art Gallery Timeline

Through the timelines below, explore the stories of the Gallery & the art & artists in the greater Rochester area from the first explorers and settlers to the present day. We would like to thank all those that worked on this Timeline. Acknowledgments