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George Eastman Museum, Rochester

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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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  • A visit to this museum is a "must do" - so many historical cameras to see and good to see the development of film. The house is lovely - you can really feel George Eastman's presence in the rooms. Che...  more »
  • This was a fun visit. Nice to walk through and learn about one of the most influential people in Rochester's history. Was a little disappointed with the content in the museum (didn't seem like there w...  more »
  • The museum depicts the life and remarkable achievements of George Eastman who founded the Kodak camera company. The museum was his home and includes a small theater showing vintage films, many display...  more »
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  • Wow. One of my favorite museums in Western New York! It's definitely very unique, and it celebrates a great man. Try to go in the summer when our can fully enjoy the garden. Definitely plan on spending several hours here. The free tour guide we had was soooo knowledgeable!! Great. Time. Don't forget your student ID for a steep discount!
  • I feel this is a must see in Rochester for anyone interested in history, business, or photography. It's astonishing to see someone like George Eastman build such an empire during his time period. This museum captures that along with a glimpses into his past. My husband and I brought our headphones and dialed in from our cell phones for the audio tour at no extra charge. I highly recommend this so bring your headphones!
  • Amazing museum dedicated to one of, if not THE most important people to the city of Rochester. The galleries are great and the house and grounds are stunning. A must see in Rochester!
  • Lovely formal gardens and an interesting collection housed in the original Eastman mansion and additions. Garden views are marred by orange plastic safety netting and signs, chains would be less intrusive. Helpful staff. Museum store selection was generic, could use more local flair.
  • Today I ran the Eastman House Photo Finish 5K. This is the first year I have focused on organized runs and the 5th 5K I have completed. The Eastman House puts on a fantastic event. The atmosphere was upbeat and carnival like. The sponsors and volunteers made you happy you were participating. The temperature was 56 degrees making October a great time to run. I will make this an annual event.