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George Eastman Museum, Rochester

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
The oldest photography museum that houses one of the oldest film archives in the world, George Eastman Museum, boasts a collection of over 3.5 million items. More than 14,000 photographers from around the world are represented in the collection, which includes virtually every major photographer from the past 50 years. Built in 1905 by the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, this 3,250 sq m (35,000 sq ft) Colonial Revival home features 37 rooms, 13 baths, and nine fireplaces. Take a guided tour, or walk at your own pace, and see the mansion, the grounds, and the gallery exhibits. Among numerous exhibits, you can view examples of the first successful photographic process and watch the forgotten works of early cinema. Tours occur daily. Plan your visit to George Eastman Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rochester itinerary planner.
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  • Great museum of photography and the Eastman Kodak phenomena. Wonderful artifacts. Nice classical gardens. 
  • Always a special exhibit upon entering, duration of exhibit posted on website. There is a length to walk, but seating is available and an elevator on request. Anyone with an interest in history, archi...  read more »
  • A great place to visit, especially if you're interested in photography. Aside from the photography information, the tour of the mansion really gives you an idea of George Eastman's life. 
  • Excellent photography museum and elegant mansion. Nice gardens to sit in as well. I really enjoyed my visit to this museum. A must see if you are in the area.
  • An essential destination for anyone with an appreciation for the art of photography. It's almost tragic to have borne witness to the demise of Kodak when you see the history of hits rise and the vision of George Eastman. If you live in the Rochester area, do yourself a favour and just buy a membership. For two years I held a membership I took full advantage of access to the private upstairs downstairs tours, live music in the gardens and guest speakers such as Steve McCurry.
  • Great museum, with also for young and old. The galleries rotate regularly so keep an eye out for interesting exhibits. (Recently there was one on space photography that was incredible). Beyond the photos, the architecture of the house is really cool. I highly recommend for any photography enthusiast or history buff.
  • Incredible. The history, the artistry, the craftsmanship. I highly recommend a visit!
  • Besides learning about the origins of photography, you will learn so much about the fascinating life of George Eastman. A large home with opulent furnishings and manicured gardens. The staff is very knowledgeable and the tour is very interesting.
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