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George Eastman Museum

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.

Signature Events

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George Eastman Museum Dutch Connection 1
Flower City: Dutch Connection at Eastman Museum
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2022 displays

Dutch Connection 2023

February 10–26

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.

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George Eastman Museum Holiday Christmas Tree Display
George Eastman Museum Holiday Wreath Display
George Eastman Museum gingerbread house
2021 displays

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

Holiday Homecoming
Thursday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Eastman Museum and Mansion

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Eastman estate garden
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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.

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Visitor Entrance

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.

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George Eastman Museum dining room
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George Eastman Museum bedroom
Kodak Camera display
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George Eastman Museum
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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.

Dryden Theater
Inside Dryden Theatre

Dryden Theatre

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)

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Genesee Country Village

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.”

Rochester: The Image City

Rochester evolved from the Flower City to the Image City when Eastman invented a way for the masses to capture everyday moments on film.

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Gardens & Arboretums

These carefully designed gardens, often cultivated for decades or even centuries, display exceptional collections of flowers and trees.

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60 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester

Sometimes you just need a fun, spontaneous adventure or quick getaway to refresh your day. Try one of these day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester.

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Where is your favorite time to visit the George Eastman Museum?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of and author of the book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.


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