George Eastman Museum large Colorama

George Eastman Museum

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.

Eastman Museum Visitor Information ►

Things to know before you go! Advance tickets are required and may be purchased online at eastman.org/tickets
George Eastman Museum
George Eastman Museum University garden
George Eastman estate mansion
estate garden building
Eastman estate garden
Public Gardens Around Rochester: George Eastman Museum
George Eastman Formal Garden

George Eastman’s Estate Gardens

The grounds outside the fenced-in formal garden are free to explore, but do go inside the museum so you can see it up close.

George Eastman Museum new visitor entrance
George Eastman Museum new entrance
George Eastman Museum large Colorama
George Eastman Museum Colorama
Visitor Entrance

The New George Eastman Museum Visitor Entrance

As of October 2020, the renovations to the museum’s entrance are complete. They have moved the main visitor entrance so that it is easily accessible from the parking lot, and right next to the Dryden Theatre.

In addition, there is a magnificent new Colorama display outside the entrance that will change over time and is free to enjoy.

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Kodak Camera display
Eastman Museum
George Eastman Museum
George Eastman Museum library
George Eastman Museum
A great man’s tragic ending:
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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 glorious 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

From their website, About the Dryden, “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.”

George Eastman
George Eastman

More information about the George Eastman Museum

Cost: Admission Fee

Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)

More information: eastman.org

Genesee Country Village George Eastman boyhood home
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.”

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