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.
The grounds are open to the public for free, with exception during special events, like Garden Vibes.
The mansion & 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 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 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.
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You can also tour Eastman’s early home which was moved from Waterville, NY to the Genesee Country Village & Museum.