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“Rich photography history”

George Eastman Museum
Ranked #4 of 143 things to do in Rochester
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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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Rich photography history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

It is a small museum but well organized. It has two quarters, photography history in the back where its current entrance is and Eastman living quarter. It is a great to place to learn about how photography has evolved over the last 100 years. Kodak played a key role in Rochester's history.

Visited October 2013
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Rochester, New York
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“If you love photography, The George Eastman House cannot be missed.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you are in any way appreciative of photography and the history of George Eastman and Kodak, the George Eastman House and The International Museum of Photography and Film are a must see while visiting Rochester, NY.

There are always interesting photography exhibitions and displays on view in the International Museum of Photography. There is almost always a film series running in the theater. The George Eastman House is a well restored mansion surrounded with small, but pretty gardens.

There are nicely presented docent tours available.

The gift shop is well stocked with photography and film books and lots of photography and film souvenirs.

Next to the gift shop is a small cafe providing food and drinks for tired tourists. I tried a couple flavors of the gelato and wasn't impressed. However, everything else looked good.

Visited September 2013
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Penfield, New York
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Home of Photography Icon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

This home has been restored over time and now has many of the original items back where they belong. Great place to see how the inventors and millionaires lived early in the 20th century. Dryden Theatre hosts great "old" movies and has also been refurbished. The docents are very knowledgeable and will answer questions. Must see for all whether or not you're interested in photography.

Visited September 2013
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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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“This is an art gallery dicuised as the George Eastman house!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

More fun elsewhere. The grounds are nice and the mansion is nice But it is not the same as before. No hands on. minimal amount compared to the old museum. Everything seems to be archieved.

Visited September 2013
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Malta, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“History in the house and the cameras”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

I love visiting old homes of the rich. It is just fascinating. The Eastman house is a neat example of one. It's a bonus that there is also the museum and so many interesting things to see and learn there. Seeing all of the different types of cameras, including many you've probably never seen before, is a really cool experience. They had an exhibition going on as well but this one was a little on the bizarre for me.. it was about gender and a lot of the photos were not exactly something I felt comfortable seeing with strangers next to me, but such is "art." There were also a few films that were repeating on loop that creeped me out. Again, "art".. right?

I think the part I enjoyed the most as far as the photography items was actually the stuff in the area geared towards kids. Its upstairs in the main Eastman house, and even for an adult a lot of that stuff was just fun to see. Also, right near the door to the kids exhibit there is a hidden safe that you can open and close using the directions on the door.

It's a great place to spend a couple of hours, for both people who love old expensive homes and photography.

Visited October 2013
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