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George Eastman Museum
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George Eastman Museum Admission
Ranked #4 of 148 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.
Reviewed October 13, 2012

This is a hybrid of mansion/Great Man and techno museum. Liked: The mansion; perky guide in her mid-70s; candor re Mr. Eastman. Disliked: Lousy directional signage; mis-focused exhibits (nothing on famous photo films), poorly organized exhibits, uninteresting gift shop, unhelpful diva at front desk. Wish we could have spent more time in gardens (seemed worth more emphasis in tour).

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Well preserved home of George Eastman, the founder of Kodak. A fascinating look at his life and times plus wonderful displays showing the development of Kodak cameras.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

The renovation of the George Eastman House and Gardens has created an attraction that is worth a detour to see. The elegant rooms, the beautifully planted gardens and the story of his life (and death) made this a very interesting two hour visit. Our excellent docent made the man come alive with stories about his interests (music, big game hunting, entertaining, and gardens), philanthropy (gave away the equivalent of $1.6 billion to educational institutions and the city of Rochester), and suicide. At age 77, terminally ill and in constant pain, he shot himself, leaving a note that said simply, "My work is done. Why wait?"

Enjoyed the technology exhibit of cameras from the 1800s onward. The photography museum exhibited 60 from the 60's - some good pictures to see, but didn't hold a candle to the previous two attractions.

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

George E. put thought into every detail of his home. There's a story behind almost every room, artwork, piece of furniture, and to hear them all your best bet is to catch a regularly scheduled tour. The gardens are beautiful and well-kept. The attached Dryden Theatre has great offerings too. George was a prolific hunter, as you will see in much of the decor, so if you're squeamish about that kind of thing be wary!

Thank Erin D
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I'd been to the George Eastman house back in the mid 1980's and just last spring went back again with my son as part of his homeschool studies. They did a great job restoring the place! They got back some of the original furniture and restored the rooms beautifully. I like it so much better now than when I'd first seen it. Back in the 80's it just looked like a warehouse for historical photography. They did a very good job of it.

My son liked found the cameras interesting - especially the one that'd been built for NASA. (I think it was suppose to go on a future Apolo mission that never got flown? He also found the life and death of George Eastman intriguing. Why and how did someone who'd accomplished so much end up committing suicide?

George Eastman contributed a lot to society as well as photography. I guess as the old saying goes - even with all that wealth and accomplishment - it aint what really satisfies in life!

Great Meusam though - they did an execelant job at restoring it!

Thank Renee N
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