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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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  • I love this museum! You will find everything from very beginning in photographic history to present day. You can learn about George Eastman's history and philanthropy that helped shape the Rochester a...  more »
  • We had only a short wait for a guide who was very well-informed and interesting. One of my guests decided to use a wheel chair and was able to use the small elevator which was there originally. Our gu...  more »
  • I live in Rochester and we try to make it here at least once a year. You can see how the founder of Kodak lived and stroll through the galleries of photos, I learn something new every time I go here, 
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  • I super enjoyed the "A Matter of Memory" photography exhibit. The house tour was really nice. The book selection in the gift shop was amazing, and we took home a couple of wonderful photography books. We got gelato in the cafe, and that was lovely as well. :) All around a very nice experience! Just fyi, they are closed on Mondays!
  • 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.
  • The mansion is beautifully preserved and restored. The information about Eastman's life paints a reasonably deep portrait of the man and the history of Kodak. The special photography exhibits are always interesting, and the permanent exhibits span the full history of photography from the early years until today.
  • You will be mesmerized by the beauty of the mansion and the history it tells about the under-rated legacy of George Eastman. Loved it there!
  • I just went to a very nice old cameras exposition on the entrance and a litrle walk through Eastman s home..nothing spectacular but worth visiting.