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George Eastman Museum, Rochester

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The oldest photography museum that houses one of the oldest film archives in the world, George Eastman Museum, boasts a collection of over 3.5 million items. More than 14,000 photographers from around the world are represented in the collection, which includes virtually every major photographer from the past 50 years. Built in 1905 by the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, this 3,250 sq m (35,000 sq ft) Colonial Revival home features 37 rooms, 13 baths, and nine fireplaces. Take a guided tour, or walk at your own pace, and see the mansion, the grounds, and the gallery exhibits. Among numerous exhibits, you can view examples of the first successful photographic process and watch the forgotten works of early cinema. Tours occur daily. By using our Rochester sightseeing planner, you can arrange your visit to George Eastman Museum and other attractions in Rochester.
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  • An interesting walk through the past. The mansion is quite lovely and the history of the Kodak cameras over time was interesting. 
    An interesting walk through the past. The mansion is quite lovely and the history of the Kodak cameras over time was interesting.  more »
  • Looking for something local to do/see found this famous guys house now a museum. Muck like the Hagley museum in Delaware. See how the really rich lived in the early 1900’s. Many cameras from a box... 
    Looking for something local to do/see found this famous guys house now a museum. Muck like the Hagley museum in Delaware. See how the really rich lived in the early 1900’s. Many cameras from a box...  more »
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  • I always love the "Sweet creations" exhibit! So many pretty and unique gingerbread houses. Also lots of fun for small kids.The museum itself is also really interesting. More for adults but there is a special room for kids aswell. If your kids are 7+ years and are interested in photography they will definitely enjoy their visit.
  • George Eastman is a prime example of an inventor of such noteworthy value, who can think of what life would be like today without photography? I'm sure he'd love to see how the process of taking a photo has evolved into the simple use of a camera built into a pocket sized cell phone. The generous philanthropist gave a lot of money to fine instituions both in his home town of Rochester and elsewhere, including America's South and Europe. This National Historic Landmark is really worth the visit if you like photography, museums, mansions and history. Students get a discount ticket @$7.00. Adult admission is $20.

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