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“Beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of George Eastman House

George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography and Film, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
585-271-3361
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Ranked #5 of 149 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The man behind Kodak endowed many Rochester philanthropic interests, and his 50-room mansion is now a photography and film museum.
Hurt, Virginia
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

We didn't have time to tour the museum, but we walked the grounds, and they are beautifully stunning!
One of the highlights of our trip.

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“Amazing mansion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We enjoyed the visit to the home of George Eastman. The mansion and grounds are amazing. What an amazing testimont to a great inventor and generous philanthropist.

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“beautiful mansion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

This is a beautiful historic mansion built by and for George Eastman. The Dryden Theater has movies almost every day from the vaulted collection that spans a century.

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“The Eastman House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

It was a great house, and the tour guide made George Eastman sound like a great guy to get to know. The garden is a highlight, though we didn't get to enter it because of the cold weather. There are at least two computer stations for learning more about Eastman, and one video station alluding, unlike the tour, to the actual cause of his death.

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“Absolutely fascinating! A must for the photo and/or history buff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Toured this museum while on business in Rochester. I've always been an avid fan of photograph, and this museum really show-cased not only the history of film, but offered an opportunity to see how George Eastman lived, in his 35,000 square foot mansion.

The tour of the home/museum was well worth the $12, and I spent a couple hours touring it on my own, although they do have guided tours available at certain times. There is a deli inside too if you get hungry and need a break.

The house offers so much to see it's easy to miss things while looking at the grandeur of the home. The conservatory with the pipe organ, palm trees, and elephant head and tusk protruding from the wall is quite a site. (An exhibit upstairs explains how that room was widened 10 feet to be more symmetrical (Mr Eastman's standards), and the house was cut apart and literally moved to accommodate this change at a price of 3 times the original home price!) He also had ideas such as a 13 month calendar, which was actually used by Kodak until the 1980's!

He really knew how to live, but was also very gracious with his philanthropy, donating multi-millions (by today's standards, well over a billion $) in his lifetime.

The first and second floors of the home are available for viewing, and photos are allowed most places, while the third floor is off-limits. The rooms are huge, and by paying close attention to the many displays, you can gain an insight into the private life of George Eastman. From his 'rolodex' box of his charitable contributions, to his desk with his many phone lines, to his pipe organ wake up calls - it's all very fascinating. There are several computers on display that offer interactive quizzes and provide more information on his life, as well as thousands of photos on display throughout the museum.

There are several galleries which I viewed last, and recommend doing so (after touring the home). These offer many, many more photographs from various photographers, and offer many themed areas to view. I especially like the room of the 'heavy' equipment, which showed among other things a gigantic projector of yore from a drive in movie theater, as well as old movie and other cameras.

Wish I had more time to explore, this home/museum, but will go back again next time in Rochester. Highly recommended!

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