The mansion and surrounding gardens of the George Eastman Museum have so many details to discover; each season uniquely spectacular!
The museum is a beautiful tribute to the life & legacy of George Eastman, and is the world’s oldest photography museum with one of the oldest film archives.
The grounds are free to explore, but do go inside! I am always surprised, as a lifelong Rochester resident whose father worked for Kodak his entire career, how much I don’t know about Kodak and it’s founder.
George Eastman Museum
The grounds are free and open to the public, except during special events.
George Eastman Museum
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 glorious movie theater, the home preserved from when Eastman lived in it, and a massive pipe organ. Thankfully there are daily guided tours!
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.
The 500-seat Dryden Theatre is the premier exhibition space for the art of cinema as championed and interpreted by the George Eastman Museum. Presenting film screenings every day of the week, the Dryden is devoted to showing all films in their original formats, thus honoring and reproducing their historical—and aesthetically supreme—modes of exhibition. It is one of the very few theaters in the world equipped for the projection of original nitrate film that also makes nitrate film screenings part of its regular program.About the Dryden
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 early 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,
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.George Eastman’s Boyhood Home
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