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George Eastman Museum
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Ranked #7 of 151 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.
Reviewed 27 November 2017

If you have any interest in photography or photographic art - this museum is an absolute must. Visit the home of the founder of Kodak. The mansion is nicely restored with many original pieces of furniture that were original to the house. See top notch photographic art exhibits. Check the website for movies showing at the Dryden Theater whch is connected to the mansion and museum. At times they will play original format films - even silent films circa 1900 which have a piano player playing live music throughout the film - as you would have orginially "heard" with the silent film - very unique. They also screen newer films (none in current release howerver). Many of the films are introduced by museum staff members or film students, giving very interesting insight into the classic film that is then screened. A real gem! Musem is very close by to many restuarants (by car). The museum also has a small cafe serving limited sandwiches, soups and beverages and ice cream. There is also a smal bookstore/giftshop adjacent to the cafe.

Thank David J
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"his life"
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"house tour"
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"gingerbread house"
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"beautiful house"
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"love photography"
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"his mother"
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"dryden theater"
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"guided tour"
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"gift shop"
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"self guided"
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"on display"
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"pipe organ"
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"changing exhibits"
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"great history"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 24 November 2017

The Sunday we were in Rochester, 10/19, with time for sightseeing, the weather was really ugly, cold, rainy, snowy, sleeting, and perfect for inside activities. We had two on our list Strong Museum and this one - and we managed to do both ( they are only a mile or two apart).

It must have been good to be smart, hard working, and rich at the turn of the 19th century.

George eastman apparently left this home to the University of Rochester to be used for the President's home until it was too costly to maintain and eventually turned over to the current museum foundation and restored.

The day we were there they had a ginger bread house display & judging and a chamber music group playing in the "living room". Thety have display of cameras and photography from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

We also had a very knowledgable tour guide to walk our group through the home sharing interesting insights about George eastman, the house, kodak, etc.

The home also has what in better/ more temperate seasons would be beautiful gardens to walk through, too miserable out and mostly dormant the day we were there.

Thank raybyerley
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Very interesting look back at Eastman's life, and all the innovations that Kodak has done for the photography industry. Worth the stop. The homes in the area are all beautiful mansions. A look back on the lifestyle of the early 20th century.

Thank Brackenburye
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful museum and very informative for anyone interested in photography. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

We enjoyed the visit. The home is very well decorated and furnished. The museum exhibit of photography was not particularly great, but the home is worth the visit. The home has a pipe organ, two theater rooms, main and west gardens, safe, trophy room, etc. I really enjoyed the visit.

Thank SheltonMcBride
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