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“A Taste of Yesterday's Splendor”

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.
Pittsford, New York
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A Taste of Yesterday's Splendor”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

A visit to Eastman House provides insight into historical photograpy from the standing exhibitions and special events. Do not miss a public tour of George Eastman's residence, where you can see how the wealthy lived in the early 20th century. Paintings, furnishing and architectural features all show the flair for design that Eastman developed as he built his Kodak empire.

Visited June 2012
Thank Howard K
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550 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

This is a beautiful home to visit. Our docent was a former teacher and his love of the Eastman home was evident in his tour. I was disappointed that only the lower floor had been restored. There are three levels to the home; the second level is displays (with the exception of Eastman’s mother’s room) and the third level is not open. The focus of the tour is the home and I left wanting to know much more about George Eastman the man. The visitor center was a waste of time. The photographs they had on display were not very interesting and there seemed no rhyme or reason to the order. One exhibit was “60 on the 60’s" and I thought, "Oh, this should be interesting." It wasn't. There was a photo of a heroin addict with needle in her arm. With all the photographs taken during 1960’s that is what they come up with? Is that the 60’s? That said, I would still recommend visiting this interesting and beautifully restored home.

Visited October 2012
Thank PhoenixRobin
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Delton, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The docents were informative, friendly, and humorous!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

John and his blind son Justin were our docents for the Eastman House tour. What a delight! From explanations of the secret first floor bathroom to visions of George Eastman counting the silverware after every dinner party, our guides gave us a look at the unusual and obsessive life of one of America's greatest innovators. The exhibitions, the galleries, the gardens, and the afternoon violinists made our visit extraordinary!

Visited October 2012
Thank Mary C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Odd, considering prominence”
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).

Visited October 2012
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Home of a Rochester legend”
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.

Visited November 2011
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