Since its founding in 1913, the Memorial Art Gallery’s (MAG) collection has grown to more than 13,000 works of art. Representing cultures from around the world and across millennia, the permanent collection is renowned for its breadth and its quality.

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About the Collection

Our permanent collection is a Rochester treasure.

Explore the Collection

Whether you’re researching a particular work or just seeing what we have!

Centennial Sculpture Park

MAG’s Centennial Sculpture Park is an artistic urban oasis for the city of Rochester that is always open and always free!

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Media Art at MAG

Media art includes artworks that explore the technologies and aesthetics of film and the emerging tools and practices in the realms of video, computers, virtual reality, the internet, software, and mobile devices.

Nazi-Era Provenance Research

The Memorial Art Gallery is working to establish a complete provenance for works in our collection and make this information readily available to the public. Learn more about this effort.


MAG reevaluates its permanent collection on an ongoing basis to ensure its holdings maintain an appropriate level of quality and usefulness. To uphold these standards, we occasionally deaccession works of art, a procedure that permanently removes an object from the collection. Learn about our policies.

Rights and Reproductions

Permission to reproduce images from the collection for educational or other uses may be requested from the Gallery’s Curatorial Department.

Collection Management Policy

The Collections Management Policy documents the basic policies that guide the development and care of the Museum’s art collection, consistent with the mission of the Museum and with professional museum standards. Download the PDF.

Researching Your Own Art

Find answers to questions about how to research how to take care of your artwork and finding out more about it.

European Tapestries Initiative

Medieval and Renaissance tapestries are among the most impressive and popular works in museums, but because of their massive size, light sensitivity, and fragility, their ongoing preservation requires special attention. Learn about the conservation effort at MAG.