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 always thought this museum was simply a tour of George Eastmans palatial home on East Avenue. What a surprise to find the extended museum and the gardens in the rear of the home. Great exhibits... 
    I always thought this museum was simply a tour of George Eastmans palatial home on East Avenue. What a surprise to find the extended museum and the gardens in the rear of the home. Great exhibits...  more »
  • I've visited many times. They have regular and special programs that are always of high quality. The staff is willing to answer questions and makes you feel at home. 
    I've visited many times. They have regular and special programs that are always of high quality. The staff is willing to answer questions and makes you feel at home.  more »
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  • I visit the Eastman Museum at least once a year. Always an interesting, pleasant experience. The new visitor entrance adjacent to the parking lot makes much more sense and is far more convenient than the previous entrance at the very back of the building. We particularly enjoyed the current exhibit of tablescapes with a movie theme. Some very creative scenes, particularly the one for The Dressmaker movie. The new cafe is a huge improvement over the small, dark cafe of the past.
  • Very nice mansion and museum that is worth visiting. The museum offered many artifacts and historical pieces on George Eastman and the Kodak company. In some areas they probably could've offered more detail. More detail on the camera film they made would've been useful. The mansion is wonderful. It is easy to do the phone tour while visiting to learn about each room. Most rooms were well presented and authentic. However, taking George Eastman's Bedroom and converting to a kid themed "Discovery" center was a little odd. Perhaps, that part should be in the museum not the mansion? All and all worth the price of admission.

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