GEM is a tribute to the life and contributions of George Eastman, the father of modern photography. As the world’s oldest photography museum, it houses an impressive collection of over 400,000 photographic objects and 28,000 moving image titles. Visitors can tour Eastman’s unique home and explore the museum’s permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. The 500-seat Dryden Theatre offers film screenings in their original format on most evenings.
Dutch Connection 2023
Experience the beauty and fragrance of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other flowering bulbs throughout the mansion. This colorful display is a welcome contrast to the monotony of winter.
Holidays at the Museum 2022
The George Eastman Museum is the perfect place to enjoy the holiday season. Along with the displays below, GEM’s Dryden Theatre shows a variety of holiday-themed films like Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooge, Die Hard 2, Home Alone, and Meet Me in St. Louis.
Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display
November 12, 2022–January 1, 2023
Wreath Display & Silent Auction
November 12–December 4, 2022
Tabletop Tree Display & Silent Auction
November 12–December 16, 2022
Thursday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Eastman Museum and Mansion
George Eastman’s Estate Gardens
Appreciate a range of colors that begin with luxurious purple wisteria in May and end with bold yellow ginkgo leaves in November While museum admission is necessary to walk through the Italianate Terrace and Library Gardens, the West and Rock Gardens are open to the public year-round. Every February, the annual Dutch Connection event showcases a range of colorful and fragrant tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and more throughout the home.
As you walk from the parking lot to the entrance, enjoy the magnificent Colorama display. In 2020, in addition to moving the main entrance closer to the parking lot, the museum underwent major renovations to the gallery, gift shop, Open Face restaurant and seating, and the hall connecting the entrance to the mansion.
George Eastman’s Mansion
It is amazing how much the building itself contains. A photo gallery with rotating exhibits from the museum’s collection, a showcase of the history of photography and the Eastman Kodak Company, a movie theater, the home preserved from when Eastman lived in it, and a massive pipe organ.
There are also several special events throughout the year that evoke Eastman’s life and tradition such as the Dutch Connection, Sweet Creations, Eastman Entertains, Manhattan Wednesday, and the Oscar Gala Premier.
Enjoy a different cinematic production nearly every night in George Eastman Museum’s 500-seat Dryden Theatre. They screen moving pictures from their collection of over 28,000 titles spanning the entire history of international cinema in their original format, including nitrate films.
More information about the George Eastman Museum
Cost: Admission Fee
Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)
More information: eastman.org
Eastman’s Boyhood Home
You can also tour Eastman’s earlier home which was moved from Waterville, NY to the Eastman Mansion on East Ave, and then to the Genesee Country Village & Museum. From the museum website, George Eastman’s Boyhood Home,
“Eastman’s father, who had been a nurseryman in Waterville, moved the family to Rochester, where he founded a business school. None of the home’s current furnishings belonged to the Eastmans, but have been selected to demonstrate the comfortable circumstances the family enjoyed while living in Waterville.”
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