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“Marvelous but ultimately mediocre Use of a Great Property”

George Eastman Museum
Ranked #3 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.
Brantford, Canada
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“Marvelous but ultimately mediocre Use of a Great Property”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

I visited the George Eastman House in early April on my first visit to Rochester, NY. This is obviously a great property with a fascinating history. George Eastman's contribution towards the development of the modern camera is unquestionable and so was his importance to the growth and progress of City of Rochester. The estate foundation which remains makes important contributions towards film preservation etc. All that is acknowledged. But what this beautiful property lacks are photographs ON DISPLAY for public consumption! A couple of small galleries are insufficient to a gallery of this potential importance. Unleash those vast photographic libraries in the vault and put them on display please!! There was plenty of "theater" space for example (closed to the public when I was there) and precious little exhibit space. George Eastman was the Bill Gates of the photographic world the display spaces should be equally important.

Visited April 2014
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126 reviews
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“A gem in Rochester”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

A world class photography museum with attached home of George Eastman(tours available) and a theater which shows films of all types daily from the oldies to current attractions.

Visited March 2014
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Newburgh, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A Must See if You Remember Kodak”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

If you are old enough to have grown up with the Kodak name as a mainstay of your life, then you know that it is a bittersweet story and now of course with the entrenchement of the digital age, the Company is but a shell of its former self. That however, is another story.
This is the home of Kodak's founder, George Eastman. The home is amazing and our tour guide was wonderful. For a nominal charge, you get a great tour of an exceptional home and you can tour the grounds and gardens, which are equally as exceptional.
Truly a fine example of the excesses of the gilded age.
Definitely go during warmer weather. The camera collection is extensive.
George Eastman was an amazing benefactor to educational and other institutions of all types. What he gave away in today's dollar value would equal into the billions; quite a generous man and should be an example to all of us.
Go take the tour, you could be there for an hour or 8 hours, and it is well worth it.

Visited April 2014
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Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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“Interesting visit”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Good to find out about George Eastman. Had a wonderful tour guide. Learned a lot about early photography. House was amazing.

Visited April 2014
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Victor, New York
Level 6 Contributor
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“Unique piece of history”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Beautiful exhibits, interesting movie offerings, all wrapped up in an incredible house. For photography and film enthusiasts, this is the place to be in Rochester.

Visited May 2013
Thank Kate G
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