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University of Rochester: Memorial Art Gallery

Research access guide for the University of Rochester.

General Information

Facility: Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
Address: 500 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 276-8900
FAX: (585) 473-6266
Email: (Please replace # with @)
Schedule: Hours of Operation

About the museum:

Founded in 1913 by Emily Sibley Watson, the Memorial Art Gallery's permanent collections began with the donation of a lappet of lace. Its permanent collection, containing artworks from over a 5,000-year span, has been heralded as the best balanced collection in the state outside of New York City.

For more information concerning the Japanese collections, please contact Nancy Norwood at (585) 276-8979 or by email.

Resources & Facilities

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Summary of Collections

Collection size: as of December 2014

The Memorial Art Gallery has a permanent collection of approximately 12,000 items, with approximately 2,000 Asian pieces and 500 items in the Japanese collection specifically.

The Japanese collection is strongest in ukiyo-e and 19th century prints.


Online catalog:


How to Use the Facility

Seeing the Collections

The Memorial Art Gallery is open to the public on a regular basis, making its collections available for research. It is important to note that not all items within the museum's permanent collections may be on display at one time.


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

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