George Eastman Museum, Rochester

4.7
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 lived in Rochester, NY area for 30 years and never made it. Don't make the mistake. It is very beautiful and well kept. The tour was very informative and interesting. What a time travel back in time...  more »
  • My wife and I visited the Eastman Museum and thoroughly enjoyed both the house tour and the museum itself. The price of admission allows you to do both. And while you can tour the home without a decen...  more »
  • This venue is historical but I must say that I was not as thrilled as I wanted to be. The photography sections were outstanding. BUT... the dead animal carcasses were overwhelming for me.  more »
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  • Lots of options with admission here. There was both a museum with a variety of different photography exhibits and an old mansion that had been set up to tour. I especially appreciated the ability to use my cellphone to make phone calls and listen to audio tours of the historic building. Cafe looked delectable, and not too expensive considering it was in the museum itself. They offer student discounts too!
  • I have heard about this Museum for years but have never gone. Glad I did. Wonderful exhibits on the history of cameras, photography icons, and some modern installations based on photos taken and tagged on twitter in reaction to recent hot button topics. Intriguing! Then on to the actual Eastman house. Nice curator led tour with some excellent narrative. You can join or leave the tour at anytime which was convenient. The house is beautiful and interesting to learn the history of the house and the owners. Sunday afternoons offer a free concert in the library. A fantastic Eastman School of Music Trombone quartet entertained us this particular Sunday. They were excellent and it was really great experience to enjoy live music in this historic setting much the Eastman would have years ago. Also great to see and learn about the organ he had installed. Must visit again.
  • This museum provides a seamlessly entertaining experience deftly merging artistic, cultural and technological aspects of the impact of photography. Additionally, George Eastman's home has been meticulously restored and maintained, enabling the viewer to place the genesis of photography within the context of nineteenth and twentieth century society. There is a theatre on the premises that screens classic films throughout the year. The formal gardens are well maintained and provide, not surprisingly, an excellent photographic opportunity. During holidays, the house is filled with flowers. Well worth the price of admission!
  • Visited this place upon a recommendation from a friend about the Gingerbread house competition happened at the venue. The mansion was beautiful! The old architecture and styles were preserved. Loved the vibe of an old mansion. And the gingerbread house competition was a hit.
  • Beautiful spot to visit. The first part of the museum is based on photography and seems to have revolving exhibits. However, for the real cool stuff,. Head to the far end of the museum to see the actual estate and home of George Eastman. It's beautiful and over the top elegant!
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