Built in 1905 for George Eastman (who bequeathed it to the city of Rochester upon his death), chartered as a museum in 1947, this building is the world’s oldest photography museum (400,000 photographs), as well as one of the oldest film archives (28,000 titles).
As such, the museum is also famous for having pioneered film and photography preservation. It’s most famous exhibits include the Civil War photographs by Alexander Gardner, the Alden Scott Boyer collection, the Louis Walton Sipley collection, and the Gabriel Cromer collection. There is also an excellent exploration of the film and photography technology, with over 16000 historical artefacts. Those who visit the museum for research end up perusing the extensive library.
Additionally, the museum houses the furnishings, books, and decorative arts of George Eastman himself. The museum is also the location of the historic Dryden Theatre.
George Eastman Museum Travel Tips
- Free parking available.
- Guided tours must be booked in advance.
Entrance Ticket Details For George Eastman Museum
- Seniors (65+): $13
- Students (with ID): $5
- Children (5-17): $5
- Free for under 4.
- Group Guided Tours: $10 + $1 for every additional person on tour.
- Dryden Theatre: Adult: $8; Students (with ID): $4; Free for under 17.
George Eastman Museum Hours
Dryden Theatre Screenings:
- Tuesday to Saturday: 7:30pm
- Sunday: 2:00pm
- Timings may vary.
How to Reach George Eastman Museum
- By Bus: 45-47X/48X, 45-48X/4X, 45-51/13X, 45/51/47/48/1X, 45/51/47/48/34, 45/51/47/48/36X, 47/48/1X, 48, 51X/38X stop University & Portsmouth.
- By Bus: 57, 81 stop East & Portsmouth.
- By Car
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65.04% of people who visit Rochester include George Eastman Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
73.85% of people start their George Eastman Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see George Eastman Museum
91.94% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting George Eastman Museum
George Eastman Museum Reviews & Ratings
The tour guide for the Eastman Mansion was very knowledgeable and fun. I liked the display on Looney Tunes. While we were there, they had a near two-hour loop of restored cartoons playing. I was hoping for more of an in-depth look at photography and it's development. OH! The cafe was good, and had a GREAT staff.
Lots of options with admission here. There was both a museum with a variety of different photography exhibits and an old mansion that had been set up to tour. I especially appreciated the ability to use my cellphone to make phone calls and listen to audio tours of the historic building. Cafe looked delectable, and not too expensive considering it was in the museum itself. They offer student discounts too!
Visited this place upon a recommendation from a friend about the Gingerbread house competition happened at the venue. The mansion was beautiful! The old architecture and styles were preserved. Loved the vibe of an old mansion. And the gingerbread house competition was a hit.
I have heard about this Museum for years but have never gone. Glad I did. Wonderful exhibits on the history of cameras, photography icons, and some modern installations based on photos taken and tagged on twitter in reaction to recent hot button topics. Intriguing! Then on to the actual Eastman house. Nice curator led tour with some excellent narrative. You can join or leave the tour at anytime which was convenient. The house is beautiful and interesting to learn the history of the house and the owners. Sunday afternoons offer a free concert in the library. A fantastic Eastman School of Music Trombone quartet entertained us this particular Sunday. They were excellent and it was really great experience to enjoy live music in this historic setting much the Eastman would have years ago. Also great to see and learn about the organ he had installed. Must visit again.
Terrific blend of history and art, from what may as well be the mecca of photography. My excellent tour guide Nick led me through perfectly curated exhibits of permanent, private and traveling collections. Nestled in an otherwise unassuming neighborhood, this is a gem of a museum.
what time is the film festival on may9-11 and the prices firstname.lastname@example.org can't find it 585544-9288Answer Report Abuse
I think you are talking about the Nitrate Film Show. It is going to take place between May 3-5, 2019. The timings vary depending upon the tour you decide to take or workshop you wish to attend. You can find details about the same by visiting their official website or call them on (585) 327-4800.Report Abuse