DeTOUR tickets include museum admission.
Under MAGsocial, we are conducting a monthly DeTOUR on the third Thursday of each month. DeTOURS are an exclusive themed tour that is both engaging and entertaining. These tours focus on some of the amazing personal lives of artists, the inspiration and method to their creativity, and lesser known facts about some of the works in our collection. Each tour includes activities, personal connections, and mind blowing facts! And, upping our MAG DeTOUR game, we are now including some Rochester Rockstar guest Tour Guides.

Paranormal MAG DeTOUR

Paranormal DeTOURThursday, October 19, 2017
6 – 7 pm | $10 tickets include museum admission and MCPI unveiling

Ever gotten a spooky feeling when hanging out in an art museum like something in a painting moved or that you couldn’t escape the eyes of a subject? Yeah. Us too. On this MAGsocial DeTOUR, we are looking at our haunted works of art and discussing the presence of ghosts in our galleries. After the DeTOUR, we will be joined by Monroe County Paranormal Investigations who will host a presentation in our Auditorium about who they are, how they track spirits, and what they found when they came to investigate MAG.
The DeTOUR will be from 6-7 ish and their talk will be from 7-8 pm in the Auditorium.

Writings on the Wall DeTOUR: The Relationship Between Art and Literature

Semmel - Writers and BooksThursday, November 16, 2017
6 – 7 pm | $10 tickets include museum admission

NaNoWriMo means it’s National Novel Writing month! As such, we are teaming up with our good friend Kyle Semmel, the Director of Writers & Books, to help us read works of art alongside their literary counterparts. On this MAGsocial DeTOUR, get ready to be part of the coolest reading club ever as we look at artists in our collection with a penchant for the written word, art based on literature, and discuss some of the best and worst books ever written alongside our favorite (and least favorite) pieces of art.

The Yule Ball DeTOUR

Yule Ball DeTOUR
Thursday, December 21, 2017
6 – 7 pm | $10 tickets include museum admission

The Yule Ball is, first and foremost, a dance and since MAG is basically Hogwarts, on this MAGsocial DeTOUR we are combining the wonders of the Wizarding World with the MAGic of our museum. We will take you on a journey of our secret passageways, unveil the mysteries behind our tapestry, highlight portraits that we’re pretty certain move from time to time, and unveil our very own ghost in the Egyptian wing of our collection. We will also talk about the tradition of balls in terms of the art world and, of course, the Bulgarian babe, Viktor Krum.


Mindfulness MAG DeTOUR

Thursday, September 21, 2017
$15 tickets include museum admission and yoga session || Purchase TICKETS here
6 pm – 7:30 pm
Exploration. Contemplation. Relaxation. Stimulation. These words are all associated with the harmony of art and the amity of yoga; on this special DeTOUR, we are combining art and yoga to give you an evening of mindfulness, meditation, and more at MAG. We will stroll through our Museum focusing on works portraying balance, awareness, and perspective and then we will head outside to enjoy yoga with Linda Lawrence under the warm canopy of our welcoming Linden trees.

Please bring your yoga mat, water, and be sure to wear comfortable clothing. In case of rain, we will be moving the yoga indoors.

a Little DeTOUR

A Little DeTOUR
Thursday, August 17, 2017
$10 tickets include museum admission
6 pm – 7 pm
Every single movie features artistic elements from costume and set design to character costume and make-up. On this MAGsocial DeTOUR, we are teaming up with our animated friend, Scott Pukos, from The Little Theatre to frame the role that art plays in movies. We will reveal the artistic inspiration behind our favorite films, Hollywood elite’s favorite artists from our collection, and we will highlight The Little’s upcoming movie season. Be prepared for movie trivia, mockumentary madness, and much more!

Harry Potter and the MAGSocial DeTOUR

Harry Potter - MAG DeTOUR
Thursday, July 20th
$10 tickets include museum admission
6 pm – 7 pm
The wizarding world of the Boy Who Lives meets the MAGic of Art! On this enchanting MAGsocial DeTOUR, we are teaming up with our Gryffindor friend, Chris Fanning from Writers and Books, to introduce you to the magical creatures of our Museum grounds, share our herbology secrets, uncover the mysteries of the future under the cover of our astronomy tower, compete in Harry Potter trivia, defend against the dark arts (literally art that is dark), and more!

Musically MAG DeTOUR

Mona Seghatoleslami
Thursday, June 15th
6 pm – 7 pm
Art and music have always gone hand-in-hand and on this MAGsocial DeTOUR, you will get to experience the two simultaneously! We will be joined by Mona Seghatoleslami of WXXI and Adhoc for an immersive arts experience as we couple fine arts with the majesty of music, enjoying performances in our Museum space, learning together, laughing, exploring, and more.

Moms of MAG DeTOUR

Mothers of MAG
Thursday, May 18th
6 pm – 7 pm
There is no love like a mother’s love and here at MAG we know that all too well; our Museum was founded thanks to the love Emily Sibley Watson had for her son, James Averill. On this special MAGsocial DeTOUR in honor of Mother’s Day, we invite you to celebrate the love, sacrifice, and legacy the mothers in our collection have left behind and the lasting impact moms have had in our community. #momsareawesome
shown: Lilly Martin Spencer, Peeling Onions, ca. 1852

Celebrate Spring: The Art of Nature DeTOUR

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6-7 pm
Spring is that most enchanting time of year when you remember how wonderful it is to be outside breathing in the fresh air, basking in the sun’s gentle glow, and cocooned in the peaceful sights and sounds of nature reawakening.

In honor of Earth Day (on April 22), we invite you to celebrate spring and the art of nature. On this MAGsocial DeTOUR, we will wander through MAG’s outdoors, exploring the majestic flora, fauna, architecture, and sculpture decorating the grounds, play games on the MAG lawn, hug some trees, and maybe even walk around barefoot.

This event is byog (bring your own granola).

Who Runs the World? Girls!: Women of MAG DeTOUR

DeTOUR prep
Thursday, March 23, 2017
We don’t need Queen Bey to tell us what we already know: women are awesome. On this MAGsocial DeTOUR*, we will celebrate the women in MAG’s collection who made MAGnificent muses, painted perfect portraits, and who altered our perceptions of feminism, the art world, and who gave women the rights of agency. We will reveal the secret lives of females from our past, share fun facts about present-day artists, and celebrate all the wonders women have provided the art world and beyond. We hope you’ll leave feeling proud, inspired, and also unashamed of your unshaven legs (that’s the best part about winter #amirite)!

Shawn Dunwoody DeTOUR Takeover: Black History Month

Shawn Dunwoody
Thursday, February 16, 2017
On this DeTOUR*, Shawn Dunwoody shares the storytelling, community building, and tradition of the African and African American art in MAG’s collection. Together, we will uncover some of the secret stories behind our artists’ pasts, discover the impact of the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement, and celebrate the awesome accomplishments of modern and historical blacks in the art world and beyond. Here is a very cool write-up of our February DeTOUR with Shawn Dunwoody by Museum Hack! read it here

MAG heARTthrobs

HeART Throbs - DeTOUR
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Get ready to meet marble hunks, oil-painted Adonises, and other MAG men and women who make you wish you were born four centuries ago. On this DeTOUR*, we’ll expose you to some of the art world’s best bachelors, spinsters, and finest eye candy, like our Italian stallion, pictured here. We’ll also give you the scoop on romantic quarrels that kept hearts apart and plunge deep into the secret stories of star-crossed lovers from antiquity to modernity.

Palette to Palate: MAG Foodies

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
On Thursday, December 15th we will take a look at the food in MAG’s collection and the people enjoying it. In this Detour we will explore the secret – often scandalous – meanings of different fruits throughout the ages, the importance of wine and social status, and we will uncover how the modern day …“foodie” came to be. You may even learn how to braise a chicken and we can definitely tell you the secret to burning bread.

MAG Movember

Thursday, November 17, 2016
On Thursday, November 17th we will take a look at the beards in MAG’s collection and the handsome men they belong to. In this Detour we will explore beard trends throughout the ages, how the modern day beard has become synonymous with the “The Explorer” archetype, and how beards can shape how men are perceived.

Phantom MAG

Phantom MAG
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Come check out our Detour on October 20th from 6:00 to 6:45 pm: Phantom MAG – In this MAGsocial Detour, we explore the curious, the macabre, the sinister, and the gory works of art in our collection, paying close attention to Egyptian death rituals, mummification, and their views of the afterlife.