George Eastman Museum
George Eastman Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory 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.
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  • JerseyJosie
    244 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More fun for Photography Enthusiasts
    There were no tour guides available. We did learn a lot about Eastman and his house from the security personnel. They were happy to answer questions and tell us stories. One of the people in our party rides a scooter, but in the museum they needed to use a wheelchair in order to ride the elevator to the second floor. It is a small elevator and only the security person and the person in the wheelchair can ride it up and down. Other people in your party are asked to use the stairs. The elevator was originally a dumbwaiter but it was converted in order to accommodate Eastman’s wheelchair bound mother when she lived in the house. The house and grounds are very well kept and the extremities of Eastman are evident. We were not interested in most of the photography equipment and the photographs in the galleries.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Samueltx
    Grand Rapids, Michigan103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    This was a very interesting museum. The mansion was a really cool thing to see. The history about Mr. Eastman sawing a room to expand it from a square to a rectangle is amazing. The numerous safari trophies were nice to see. And don't give me that people shouldn't do big game trophy hunting. That was another time and situations, so if it happened, I at least get to see it, it shouldn't happen now but that was then. The history on all the musical instruments that he could not play was very interesting. After you leave the mansion and head to the back you come across so many great examples of cameras through the ages. Beautiful and fun place to visit. Highly recommend it to photographers and photography buffs. And like a nightmare, I left my camera back and home and had to use a phone for the pictures.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Ron G
    Saddle Brook, New Jersey163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice side trip when vacationing in the Finger Lakes.
    We were vacationing in the Finger Lakes with another couple and realized we were only 30 miles from Rochester and the George Eastman Museum. Our friends were professional photographers before retirement and I was also a photography hobbyist, so this looked interesting. And it truly was. The Museum is attached to Eastman’s mansion home, so both the technical side of the development and advancement of chemical photography and the personal and opulent lifestyle of the Kodak founder is presented. Also displayed are the works of several prominent photographic artists. We spent several hours examining the still and movie camera collections, the backstories of the men and ideas behind these mechanical achievements, and the home and grounds of the Kodak founder who brought photography to the general public.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • sheilamk87
    Bristol, Rhode Island114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See!
    We were happy to discover this place to visit while we were in the Finger Lakes area. The Eastman Museum has a wonderful gallery, gift shop and cafe. The home is just amazing with so many artifacts from his life. Cool old cameras to see on display as well. If you are in the area, we definitely recommend stopping here for an afternoon!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Deb H
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place!
    Beautiful place to visit. The museum is quite interesting and the home itself is beautiful to see. If you like gardens and flowers I would go in the summer because the grounds are amazing. There is an interactive kids room with many hands on activities. Plenty of parking and bathroom stops on a few floors.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • JUDY W
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting life of an interesting man but see it during the summer or spring when the gardens are at their best.
    This museum showed us the life of George Eastman. Unfortunately, the movie that you view in the very beginning was closed. It would have been nice to see that. I liked all the information provided near the exhibits. But I’m not necessarily a photography fan so the different cameras/photographic processes throughout the home and in the museum were not really interesting to me. I was interested in the human interest side of his life. A very generous benefactor to the town of Rochester, he put this town on the map. It had snowed so no gardens to view. I would recommend coming here in the spring, summer or fall but not the winter. We decided to stay for lunch and there were nice lunch offerings, mainly soup, sandwiches and salads. Good if you are hungry but you don’t want to search out a restaurant nearby. Not bad for museum food.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 25, 2024
  • David
    San Antonio, Texas8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    George Eastman’s house ( now a museum)!!!
    As a child, growing up in Rochester, NY. this was a frequent visit from my elementary school. And my father’s office was across the street from it on East avenue. The house was the home of George Eastman ( who created Kodak corporation in Rochester.) It is a great house, which is now a museum of photography, with a movie theatre attached to the house( which still showed old black and white films from the beginning of motion pictures, when I last went there. There are numerous pictures by Matthew Brady from the civil war and numerous examples of early cameras throughout the house. It’s one of my favorite childhood memories. And East avenue was the center of Rochester society for years. If you are in Rochester. This is a recommended stop!!!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 30, 2024
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shawn
Cedar Rapids, IA7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The mansion is beautifully preserved. The self guided audio tour via mobile device was well done. The are gallery’s, although small were interesting and engaging. My only issue with this experience is that it’s priced similarly to the Chicago museum of art which is vastly larger with much more rare works in the collection. Based on the value for the spend, it’s just needs more to add to the experience. Would have been nice to see the upper or lower floors (only the main level and 2nd floor are available to tour).
Written January 27, 2023
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Travel4Joy
Burlington, VT259 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
A generally good review of Kodak and photo history.

Not enough places to sit. Everyone’s cell phone is a audio tour so areas have competing audio. Would have been better to loop the audio in each room. I love museum design and exhibit - both design, flow and functionality are lacking here. Basically, the experience may be just as good from your home. ( I cannot believe I am writing this) but, come if your in the area, don’t stop in Rochester if this is the draw.

Great cafeteria with healthful options.

Must m is clean and staff is friendly.
Written May 23, 2021
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Wayne T
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I am native to Rochester and grew up visiting Eastman House/Museum. Now out of town I regularly get back to visit and have maintained my membership. While missing a few years I returned to see new changes made. Some were for good, but much was sacrificed in transition. The bookstore is mostly gone. Now a large walk-in closet. The restaurant is expensive and too modern not serving a variety of good food. Open faced sandwiches are expensive and without much choice.
Social commentary has taken over at the expensive of a variety of good photographic displays. Good photography exhibits are the important reason for visiting and this was the biggest loss. One can only take so much of presentations on social commentary. The other few other exhibits were uninspiring and largely boring. I missed the exhibits of say, Beaumont Newhall and those of more the multitude of other contemporary exhibitions, for example NYC. and other well-known places. I know many better photographs exist in the archives.
Written May 20, 2022
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Dylan
Rochester, NY5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
If you love photography (and history), this is the place for you. The upper class Victorian manor makes you feel like you lept back in time. It's very subject to season though, as the outdoor sights are pretty bad in the winter. Also the photo museum is rather crowded, and the museum's appeal is a bit narrow.
Written February 7, 2023
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JerseyJosie
New Jersey244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
There were no tour guides available. We did learn a lot about Eastman and his house from the security personnel. They were happy to answer questions and tell us stories. One of the people in our party rides a scooter, but in the museum they needed to use a wheelchair in order to ride the elevator to the second floor. It is a small elevator and only the security person and the person in the wheelchair can ride it up and down. Other people in your party are asked to use the stairs. The elevator was originally a dumbwaiter but it was converted in order to accommodate Eastman’s wheelchair bound mother when she lived in the house. The house and grounds are very well kept and the extremities of Eastman are evident. We were not interested in most of the photography equipment and the photographs in the galleries.
Written June 13, 2023
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JUDY W
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This museum showed us the life of George Eastman. Unfortunately, the movie that you view in the very beginning was closed. It would have been nice to see that. I liked all the information provided near the exhibits. But I’m not necessarily a photography fan so the different cameras/photographic processes throughout the home and in the museum were not really interesting to me. I was interested in the human interest side of his life. A very generous benefactor to the town of Rochester, he put this town on the map. It had snowed so no gardens to view. I would recommend coming here in the spring, summer or fall but not the winter. We decided to stay for lunch and there were nice lunch offerings, mainly soup, sandwiches and salads. Good if you are hungry but you don’t want to search out a restaurant nearby. Not bad for museum food.
Written January 25, 2024
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Jane
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My husband, adult daughter and I totally enjoyed our visit to the George Eastman Museum. We learned a lot about his incredible commitment to helping ordinary people like us be able to take photographs. We loved the beautiful Mansion, and highly recommend that. It had the most wonderful staircase railing I ever saw, and a great mix of awesome mansion rooms (especially the library), and photography history throughout. The featured work of photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden was spectacular. We particularly liked the father and son work, with photographs and text. Don't miss this!!
Written May 25, 2022
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Kaye N
Provo, UT2,166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We had two photographers in our group who wanted to make a stop here. We got tickets weeks in advance so we wouldn't miss it.

We enjoyed the exhibits as well as the rooms with cameras and equipment. There were many cameras that were familiar to our photogs through the years. It was interesting to see how cameras had evolved.

The mansion was also interesting to tour. I especially liked the "player organ" and all the rolls that went with it - very cool! I'm glad this unique museum exists for those who love photography.
Written August 5, 2022
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Ron G
Saddle Brook, NJ163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were vacationing in the Finger Lakes with another couple and realized we were only 30 miles from Rochester and the George Eastman Museum. Our friends were professional photographers before retirement and I was also a photography hobbyist, so this looked interesting. And it truly was. The Museum is attached to Eastman’s mansion home, so both the technical side of the development and advancement of chemical photography and the personal and opulent lifestyle of the Kodak founder is presented. Also displayed are the works of several prominent photographic artists.
We spent several hours examining the still and movie camera collections, the backstories of the men and ideas behind these mechanical achievements, and the home and grounds of the Kodak founder who brought photography to the general public.
Written September 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brad W
Ann Arbor, MI1,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Our self-guided tour of this mansion was wonderful, as we learned so much about history, photography, and innovation. The exhibits are well documented and highlights are noted. One room has been created to explain photography by placing viewers inside a camera. The old family movies are great! We also toured art exhibits that are housed in the museum.
Written November 14, 2022
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