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George Eastman Museum
Ranked #3 of 143 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Rochester, New York
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Covers all of the bases--historical, scientific, artistic--and does it well. A Rochester gem!

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Rochester, New York
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“Photography Exhibits Are Not For The Squeamish”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

We visited the George Eastman House for the Richard Gere Award event and were able to wander through the museum's offerings. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I guess that holds true for their photography exhibits. This is why it was given an average rating rather than poor. I can not judge everyone's perspective.
I consider myself quite open-minded but some of the photos portrayed people dead, naked or in bizarre circumstances.
Even a policeman friend we ran into at the gala mentioned he prevented his wife from seeing the galleries since they were disturbing even to him, to say the least.
Minus the unsettling photography, the Eastman House has rooms preserved with furniture and other items. These rooms were lovely. Fireplaces, grand rooms, and more.
If visiting with children and are seeking some culture, I'd suggest the other museums in the area.
The Eastman House caters to adults rather than children for general visits. They do have a few events that would be quite enjoyable for the young, such as the gingerbread house display and contest. But in general, if not going to a particular event, seek family culture elsewhere.

Visited February 2012
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Rochester, NY
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76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Rochester History at its finest.”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

If you are a film or photography buff, you have to see this place. Music fans will love it too. The gardens are beautiful. Must stop here if you are interested in the history of Rochester.

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9 attraction reviews
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“Great Stop!”
Reviewed February 5, 2012

I have been here several times since I live and Rochester and every visit has been time well spent. The exhibits in the galleries change every few months and are always interesting. The house is great and make sure to ask about the guided tour times so you can learn more about the house and the interesting man that built it and Kodak.

Visited January 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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“if you are a photographer/enthusiast, this is a must see”
Reviewed February 4, 2012

The property is set in a street that have other equally beautiful buildings. Behind the Eastman house is the museum. Old cameras, photography exhibitions and other historical items are on view. The staff are very friendly and there is a Docent led tour.
Spend a day there as there is plenty to see and before the tour, try to look around the museum yourselves as you may want more informations on a particular aspect as there may not be room for questions on the tour.
There is a museum shop with plenty to look at between the museum at the rear of the property and the House. Spend a half an hour just looking.
The Docent tour is really helpfull so be attentive and it is surprising how much info. is forthcoming.
On top of all that, there is a cinema to frequent on Wednesday nights - I went for a wonderful old film presentation.( there,s also a film library )

Visited December 2011
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