About MAG

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, MAG offers a panorama of the world’s art. Our 14-acre campus is a spectacular public art space that is a popular destination for Rochesterians and out-of-town visitors alike.

MAG’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 museum offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours and family activities.

MAG’s Mission Statement

MAG enhances people’s lives by cultivating relationships and building community through the direct experience of art and creativity.

MAG’s Strategic Plan, Executive Summary (2016-2020) [PDF]

Vision and Values

By 2020, MAG will be at the center of the conversation on creativity and a leading example of how an art museum can enrich its community.

We are a force for creativity. We believe the direct experience of art is relevant to the human experience. We play a unique role as a trusted steward of knowledge, culture and authenticity. We build and promote relationships that enrich our community.

About MAG

The museum 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 serves as community art museum. Today it is supported primarily by its members, and the University of Rochester. Memorial Art Gallery is also supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Half-price Thursday admission is made possible in part by Monroe County.
New York State Council on the Arts

2016-17 Annual Report

Year in Review 2016-17
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Gallery factsheet

Memorial Art Gallery Board of Managers

Jonathan Binstock

Welcome to MAG’s Seventh Director

In July 2014, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and Memorial Art Gallery Board of Managers Chair Jim Durfee announced that Jonathan P. Binstock had been named Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the MAG. Binstock came to Rochester from New York City, where he was a senior vice president and senior advisor in modern and contemporary art for Citi Private Bank’s Art Advisory & Finance group. He brings more than a decade of curatorial work in major American museums. Learn more

photo John Myers