George Eastman Museum

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George Eastman Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The George Eastman Museum is located in Rochester, New York, on the estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography and motion picture film. Founded in 1947 as an independent nonprofit institution, it is the world's oldest photography museum and one of the oldest film archives. The museum holds unparalleled collections-encompassing several million objects-in the fields of photography, cinema, and photographic and cinematographic technology, and photographically illustrated books. The institution is also a longtime leader in film preservation and photographic conservation.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,203 contributions
Oct 2021
Initially I didn't think I would have time to visit the museum and mansion but when I found I had free time...I went. I am SO glad I did. Both the museum and the mansion were fascinating. Only downside was the Terrace Garden was closed for construction. However, the one in front of the mansion was blooming and beautiful.
Written October 11, 2021
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The3ofus60614
Raleigh, NC180 contributions
Sep 2021
Beautifully designed house but our problem was perhaps in our expectations being as this is Eastman Kodak we thought we would see more on cameras and exhibitions of important photos through Kodak history. So the house is worth seeing but would not plan a lot of time on it.
Written October 2, 2021
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Edsalldw
Ellsworth, ME307 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Two 70’s whites. Great history beautiful architecture.fabulous organs (two) too bad they did not play them. They are self players. They should restore but only manual playing now. They should have someone to play like Eastman did. Eastman was an interesting and impressive guy (seems that he was gay but they did not indicate one way or the other. Philanthropist, hunter, devoted to mother, never married, euthanasia at 77 after saying good buy to friends. Wrote “ my work is done. Why wait”. Another example of a self made man who made a huge fortune and did more good with it than the government could do with tax confiscation.
Do not miss cafeteria food great lime ginger lemonade. Corn mash sandwich impressive tattoo of phases of the moon on upper chest of cafeteria worker. Exhibits in gallery were not inspiring in the least esp the one on bias judgements.
Written September 29, 2021
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patriciay455
Baltimore, MD184 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a must see especially the mansion and gardens. The restaurant was also quite good. Use the cellphone tour for more information.
Written September 26, 2021
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY911 contributions
Sep 2021
This is both a home and a museum. You begin your tour with an introduction to Eastman's life, and then process either to the house or the museum. The museum has a world-class, you-can-only-see-it-here, collection of important photographs. Because photos are light sensitive, you cannot see them on display for any length of time, so everything is rotated. On any given day, the collection will be different. There is also a special exhibition featuring a contemporary photographer, and a display of photographic equipment. The house itself is a very impressive endeavor for someone who never got married or had a family and lived with ailing mother. It has all those neat curios you would expect in a millionaire's home. The parking is free and adjacent. The tour is done through a cell phone app. This is the cultural place to visit in Rochester.
Written September 14, 2021
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2CAtravelers
Brattleboro, VT673 contributions
Sep 2021
The gardens are being renovated but the house and galleries looked like they had just received and nice refresh. There's plenty of free parking right next to the house, just watch for the signs when you're on East Ave. We purchased our tickets online so as to reserve the date we wanted to visit. It was quick and easy. Do bring your electronic device, such as a tablet or smartphone because there are ways to connect to the tour narration while at the museum since COVID has eliminated any in person guided tours. Headphones are encouraged so you don't broadcast the audio to everyone around you whether they want to hear it or not.
Start in the galleries to see the various exhibits, moving at your own pace. The early photograph and camera exhibits were the most interesting to us. Then tour the house, following along with the guided audio tour. It's a beautiful home and it's quite a story about the man himself too!
There's a nice cafe near the entrance and gift shop.
We spent about 2.5 hours there in total. Masks are mandatory.
Written September 8, 2021
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Ligne S
Paris, France8 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Nice place; unfortunately the gardens are closed and also is the third floor of the mansion. Everything there is worth the visit, but still there is very little to see.
Written August 8, 2021
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wilson6109
West Farmington, OH28 contributions
Aug 2021
Used smart phone tour, which was very informative but isolating. Very impressive home and we did learn and enjoy. Think a docent-led tour would be better, but Covid Rules!
Written August 5, 2021
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wilson6109
West Farmington, OH28 contributions
Jun 2021
Used smart phone tour, which was very informative but isolating. Very impressive home and we did learn and enjoy. Think a docent-led tour would be better, but Covid Rules!
Written August 5, 2021
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Dave A
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
Here on vacation from California...Too bad 3rd floor is closed...the rooms and audio tour don't sync as his bedroom was eliminated and is now the kids play area. It's July 2021 and no docents avaliable so had to use AP on phone for audio tour and the "next" destination does not correspond to the layout of the house.

Plan on at least 3-4 hours to walk the house and do a bit of reading. The museum closes at exactly 5 and they shoo you out....I bought the 600 page biography for $30.., can get used online for $6, but I considered it a donation...

Also...drive around the neighborhood, lots of other fabulous houses.

The organist was absolutely magnificent. He should be paid staff. Very friendly and answered lots of questions..my wife's dad built pipe organs so was special...

Also knowing about the man is important, no mention of women or in his life leaves lots of questions...who was he except a coward who took his own life instead of buying time or contributing to scientific research and pharma.
Overall a good tour.
Written July 26, 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM