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. By using our Rochester sightseeing planner , you can arrange your visit to George Eastman Museum and other attractions in Rochester.
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  • I was curious how this museum could get poor ratings, but after reading them I understand that some people come here thinking they will see all things photography-related. And they're right, that with...  more »
  • The beautiful mansion has many additions to hold exhibits. We saw the exhibit of the thousands of films produced in India and it was very informative. Parts of the grounds and gardens were under const...  more »
  • Being a Professional Photographer I could hardly not visit this iconic museum as part of my road trip from Boston to Michigan. We planned a stop over in Rochester so it was an obvious choice to visit ...  more »
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  • Very nice museum. We went on the tour of his house, the tour guide was very informative and interesting. The history of George Eastman and his house is very interesting. There's even original furniture and fixtures including a cool pipe organ, chairs, lamps, etc. I would definitely visit again. The exhibits in the newer museum section are really nice to. I saw the Indian film exhibit which is cool.
  • Had a great tour of the George Eastman House and Museum. Tour guide we happened to meet up with was extremely knowledgeable, and was very patient answering questions from my 6 and 8 year olds. Was concerned going in that the kids would be bored, but they ended up loving it! The old mansion is beautiful and very interesting. We spent less time in the galleries on the backside museum, but anyone who appreciates the history of photography will be in heaven.
  • Nice small museum here, modern, clean, great lay out! The best part of it was the house, a lot history hidden in this gorgeous property. The facility has a cafe and a souvenir shop. This Museum is located in a very nice area, old big and beautiful houses located near by, that makes the car ride more pleasant.
  • Excellent value. Cost only $5 for student tickets. My entrance covered a tour of the photography exhibit, a tour of the house, a concert, and a tour of the gardens. Allow for about 3-4 hours to explore everything and try to time it so you catch all the tours. Check the online schedule! The photo gallery tour and the house tour were my favorites, so definitely try to make those if you can! You'll learn a lot about George Eastman and how Kodak revolutionized photography -- a really amazing history. What an eccentric man.
  • An educational approach to movie viewing: Before the presentation of the movie the hostess gives an overview of the time. And the producers directors and participants in the movie : a historical historical perspective. Last night we saw Gone With the Wind. An excellent movie from a bygone era that brought to bear contemporary issues like slavery and race poverty and privilege. The movie was about three hours with an intermission halfway through. The marketing missed opportunity was having the concessions opened during the intermission. It would have given people the opportunity to chat about the film that they'd seen up to that point, eat food, drink coffee and other refreshments buy tickets for future events. Instead intermission was rather drab long lines at the restrooms nothing to eat or drink or opportunity to chat . Given the nature of the organization one would think that making Money to benefit the Eastman Museum and the Dryden theater would be Paramount. Otherwise the experience was excellent.

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