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 and timelines.

The Memorial Art Gallery—and How It Grew

Memorial Art Gallery Timeline

Through the timelines below, explore the stories of the Gallery, art, and artists in the Greater Rochester Area from the first explorers and settlers to the present day. We would like to thank all those who worked on this timeline. Acknowledgments