George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York
George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York | Photo Credit: Wikimedia - dmadeo

Located in the home of the Eastman Kodak Company’s founder, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest museum dedicated to photography. The museum focuses on film preservation and conservation, and some of its archives date back to the invention of cameras.

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George Eastman was an entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company, known for its years of camera and film manufacturing. He built an elaborate home in Rochester during the early 1900s, with it being completed in 1905. His home boasted conveniences that were considered modern for the time including having an elevator, electric generator and even a built-in vacuum system.

After Mr. Eastman passed away in 1932, his beautiful estate and 35,000 square foot home was willed to the Univeristy of Rochester. For nearly a decade, the University used the home as a residence for the schools president. By 1948, it was determined that the elaborate home should be transformed into a museum.

George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York
George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York | Photo Credit: Wikimedia – Barbara Puorro Galasso1

Opening to the public in 1949, the George Eastman Museum has worked to preserve the history and legacy of photography across decades. Mr. Eastman’s personal collection of film and photos along with his home furnishings have remained on display. On collection are over 400,000 photographs and negatives that date back to the invention of cameras to the present. The photos on display have been accumulated from photographers from around the world and range from simple objects to original snapshots of notable events.

The Dryden Theatre is equipped with 400 seats to show various films and documentaries dating back over a century. The museum contains some of the world’s oldest film archives. The museum has in its archives approximately 28,000 motion picture films. There are also 3,000,000 other objects related to film and photography including movie props, posters, vintage cameras and more.

Plan Your Visit

The George Eastman Museum is located at 900 East Ave, Rochester in Rochester, New York.

Admission and hours to the museum can be found online on the official website here.

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