George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum World's foremost museum of photography and cinema located on the historic estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography.
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#EastmanTBT: Restrained, homey, modest... these aren't words we associate with George Eastman's mansion, but it's how gu...
01/23/2020

#EastmanTBT: Restrained, homey, modest... these aren't words we associate with George Eastman's mansion, but it's how guests described it in the early 1900s! For a man of his wealth, it was expected he would build something bigger and more extravagant than the 35,000 sq ft home.

Fresh paint for Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory, opening on January 30, 6 p.m., with a celebration featuring the artist a...
01/21/2020

Fresh paint for Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory, opening on January 30, 6 p.m., with a celebration featuring the artist and curator.

Pardon our progress! The museum is still closed as we continue work on the new visitor center, but we're excited to shar...
01/20/2020

Pardon our progress! The museum is still closed as we continue work on the new visitor center, but we're excited to share what the space looks like now. Do you recognize where this was taken?

This program is from the Dryden Theatre's first ever film series, which began on Wednesday, March 14, 1951. The title of...
01/17/2020

This program is from the Dryden Theatre's first ever film series, which began on Wednesday, March 14, 1951. The title of the series was ‘The Transition from Silence to Sound 1925-1933’, and for only $2.33, you could attend all 8 screenings. Learn more in the Dryden newsletter: https://conta.cc/38e5JK4

#EastmanTBT: Eastman's mansion was made in the popular Colonial Revival style, with elaborate entry, classical columns a...
01/16/2020

#EastmanTBT: Eastman's mansion was made in the popular Colonial Revival style, with elaborate entry, classical columns and dentil trim under the eaves. What is unique is that these were built over a concrete/steel structure to make the house sturdier and less susceptible to fire.

In our Project Gallery, Emily Phoenix and Heather Shannon are working on the layout of the photographs for Alejandro Car...
01/15/2020

In our Project Gallery, Emily Phoenix and Heather Shannon are working on the layout of the photographs for Alejandro Cartagena: Photo Structure / Foto Estructura, opening January 31.

The museum may be closed, but we're hard at work preparing for the reopening! Juanita Wald primes the walls of the main ...
01/14/2020

The museum may be closed, but we're hard at work preparing for the reopening! Juanita Wald primes the walls of the main galleries for Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory, opening January 31.

Do you recognize this space? It's where our cafe and store used to be! Remember, the museum is closed through January 30...
01/13/2020

Do you recognize this space? It's where our cafe and store used to be! Remember, the museum is closed through January 30 to accommodate this exciting construction, but our staff is still here and visitors are welcome to make appointments in our study centers.

Introducing Sarah Casto, our new Assistant Conservator! Before joining the Eastman Museum, Sarah spent two years as the ...
01/10/2020

Introducing Sarah Casto, our new Assistant Conservator! Before joining the Eastman Museum, Sarah spent two years as the Fellow in Photograph Conservation at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. She also held internships at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Better Image, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Originally from Ohio, Sarah completed her MA in Art Conservation at SUNY Buffalo State College in 2017 and is delighted to be back home in the Great Lakes. Here Sarah is examining an album from the Eastman Legacy collection.

The photographs are by A. W. Hopeman and Sons Co. and show the construction of the Eastman Theater in 1919-1922. The album will be on display in an exhibition called George Eastman in 1920 opening on February 14.

Photo by Taina Meller.

#EastmanTBT: George Eastman purchased the 8.5 acre Culver farmstead in 1902. He had the original buildings removed, but ...
01/09/2020

#EastmanTBT: George Eastman purchased the 8.5 acre Culver farmstead in 1902. He had the original buildings removed, but saved as much material from them as possible to reuse. Under the direction of of Eastman and architect J. Foster Warner, construction began in 1903.

Did you know anyone can visit our study centers to see objects from the collection? All you need to do is book an appoin...
01/08/2020
Research Appointments | George Eastman Museum

Did you know anyone can visit our study centers to see objects from the collection?

All you need to do is book an appointment! Head over to eastman.org/research-appointments to learn more. (And yes, our study centers are open now during the closures).

Researchers and the public may access the collections on-site by making an appointment with the respective department(s).

Learn more about the plans for the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center at the Eastman Museum. WHEC TV shares some of the r...
01/06/2020
George Eastman Museum breaks ground on new visitor center

Learn more about the plans for the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center at the Eastman Museum. WHEC TV shares some of the renderings and highlights.

The goal of the project is to make guests' experience more convenient, visible, and welcoming.

It’s official! We’ve broken ground for the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center. This new entrance and visitor center will ...
01/06/2020

It’s official! We’ve broken ground for the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center. This new entrance and visitor center will provide a more welcoming and accessible experience for our visitors.

Learn more about the project at eastman.org/construction.

01/04/2020

Looking to learn something new in 2020? Take one of our historic photographic process workshops!

Our workshop season begins with digital negative making, where you will transform your digital photographs into salt, carbon, and platinum prints. No experience necessary.

2019 was an amazing year! Here are the images you liked the most from the last year. What would you like to see more of ...
01/03/2020

2019 was an amazing year! Here are the images you liked the most from the last year.

What would you like to see more of in 2020? Technology? Behind the scenes photos? Celebrities and special guests? Let us know!

George Eastman Museum's cover photo
01/03/2020

George Eastman Museum's cover photo

Planning a visit to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:🖼️ Galleries are open all week! 📷 Last chance to ...
01/03/2020

Planning a visit to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:
🖼️ Galleries are open all week!
📷 Last chance to see Voyages & Discoveries and Woven
🏛️ Mansion is closed through February 13, but admission is discounted
☕ Cafe and store are closed beginning January 2

"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." --Ursula K. Le GuinThis ...
01/02/2020

"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." --Ursula K. Le Guin

This weekend is your last chance to see Anderson & Low: Voyages and Discoveries!

Anderson & Low, From Voyages. © Anderson & Low. All rights reserved.

Planning a visit to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:🖼️ Galleries are open all week! 📷 Last chance to ...
12/30/2019

Planning a visit to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:
🖼️ Galleries are open all week!
📷 Last chance to see Voyages & Discoveries and Woven
🏛️ Mansion is closed through February 13, but admission is discounted
☕ Cafe and store are closed beginning January 2

End your year with a flammable film! Hitchcock's REBECCA (1940) screens on nitrate film on New Year's Eve at 7:30 p.m.
12/26/2019

End your year with a flammable film! Hitchcock's REBECCA (1940) screens on nitrate film on New Year's Eve at 7:30 p.m.

Happy holidays!Eastman Kodak Company (American, estab. 1892). Advertisement for Kodaks and Brownies featuring family at ...
12/25/2019

Happy holidays!

Eastman Kodak Company (American, estab. 1892). Advertisement for Kodaks and Brownies featuring family at Christmas, ca. 1903. George Eastman Museum, gift of Jim Kunkel.

Planning a visit to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:🎄 The entire museum is closed on Wednesday, Decem...
12/23/2019

Planning a visit to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:
🎄 The entire museum is closed on Wednesday, December 25
🏛️ The mansion is closed through February 13
🥊 Celebrate Boxing Day on December 26, 7:30 p.m. with a screening of ALI (2001)

Happy Winter Solstice! Dr. Arthur Traube (German, 1878 - 1948). Sunset over snowy landscape, ca. 1925. Color plate, asse...
12/21/2019

Happy Winter Solstice!

Dr. Arthur Traube (German, 1878 - 1948). Sunset over snowy landscape, ca. 1925. Color plate, assembly (Uvachrome) process. Museum Collection.

Let it snow! ❄️Let it snow! ❄️❄️Let it snow! ❄️❄️❄️Wilson A. Bentley (American, 1865 - 1931). Photomicrograph of a snowf...
12/20/2019

Let it snow! ❄️
Let it snow! ❄️❄️
Let it snow! ❄️❄️❄️

Wilson A. Bentley (American, 1865 - 1931). Photomicrograph of a snowflake, ca. 1920. Collodion or gelatin printing out paper (POP) print. Museum collection.

Need some last-minute gifts for photography and film lovers? Through Wednesday, January 1, Museum Store merchandise will...
12/20/2019

Need some last-minute gifts for photography and film lovers?

Through Wednesday, January 1, Museum Store merchandise will be marked 50% off. Sale includes holiday merchandise, photographic monographs and historic process books, photo-related gifts, notecards, and garden gifts.

Star Wars returns to theaters with THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019)! Did you know artists Anderson & Low were commissioned t...
12/18/2019

Star Wars returns to theaters with THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019)!

Did you know artists Anderson & Low were commissioned to do photographs of the cast for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)? See this work by the team now at Eastman Museum.

Anderson & Low (Jonathan Anderson, British, b. 1961; Edwin Low, British, b. Malaysia, b. 1957). Rey (Star Wars 7), 2019. Inkjet print. © Lucasfilm Ltd & TM, Photo by Anderson & Low

Only a few weeks left to see Tanya Marcuse: Woven! Thanks to Danielle Hoffman for sharing this great shot in front of Ma...
12/17/2019

Only a few weeks left to see Tanya Marcuse: Woven! Thanks to Danielle Hoffman for sharing this great shot in front of Marcuse’s Woven 31.

The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is one of only four cinemas in the United States where you can see nitra...
12/17/2019
The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide

The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is one of only four cinemas in the United States where you can see nitrate film projected. Learn more about the "Art of Film Projection" in our new book!

A gorgeous gift for every cinephile, The Art of Film Projection celebrates this enduring analog artThe Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide is a beautifully produced, comprehensive outline of the materials, equipment and knowledge needed to present the magic of cinema to an enthralled audie...

Coming to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:🏛️Historic mansion is closed beginning Thursday to accommod...
12/16/2019

Coming to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:
🏛️Historic mansion is closed beginning Thursday to accommodate construction
🛍️Museum Store clearance sale begins December 20, up to 50% off select items!
🍪 Sweet Creations is over, but limited gingerbread remain on view
🎥 The Dryden Theatre is screening holiday favorites

This is your FINAL WEEKEND to see Sweet Creations! Get over to the Eastman Museum before these sweet treats disappear.
12/13/2019

This is your FINAL WEEKEND to see Sweet Creations! Get over to the Eastman Museum before these sweet treats disappear.

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”― Edgar Allan PoeOnly a few weeks left to see Anderson & Low: Vo...
12/12/2019

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

Only a few weeks left to see Anderson & Low: Voyages and Discoveries!

Anderson & Low, From Voyages. © Anderson & Low. All rights reserved.

Planning a trip to the museum? Make sure you're taking into account our upcoming closures! To accommodate exciting resto...
12/11/2019

Planning a trip to the museum? Make sure you're taking into account our upcoming closures! To accommodate exciting restoration and construction projects, the museum will have a number of closures in the upcoming months. Learn more about these projects at eastman.org/construction.

Hands up if you love an Art-Deco camera! This folding camera design by Kodak, came with a special Art-Deco enameled fron...
12/10/2019

Hands up if you love an Art-Deco camera! This folding camera design by Kodak, came with a special Art-Deco enameled front piece that was styled by Walter Dorwin Teague.

Eastman Kodak Company (Amer, estab. 1892). Jiffy Kodak Six-16, 1933-1937. Museum Collection.

'Tis the season for Sweet Creations! Only one week left to see our annual gingerbread display, on view through December ...
12/10/2019

'Tis the season for Sweet Creations! Only one week left to see our annual gingerbread display, on view through December 15.

Passes are now on sale for The 6th Nitrate Picture Show, June 4-7, 2020! Be among the first to grab passes, workshops, a...
12/09/2019

Passes are now on sale for The 6th Nitrate Picture Show, June 4-7, 2020! Be among the first to grab passes, workshops, and tours for this unique festival celebrating flammable film. Visit eastman.org/nps

#EastmanFanFriday goes to Dave Maccarone for these photographs showing off all the holiday fun at the museum!
12/07/2019

#EastmanFanFriday goes to Dave Maccarone for these photographs showing off all the holiday fun at the museum!

12/06/2019
Katie Preston & Ben Morey: Songs of Christmas Past

Last week, Katie Preston and Ben Morey stopped by to practice a couple holiday songs before their performance next week.

Limited tickets are still available for Songs of Christmas Past, Friday, December 13, 6 p.m.

Have you told Santa what you want this year? He'll be at the Eastman Museum on Thursday, December 12, 6-8 p.m., ready to...
12/05/2019

Have you told Santa what you want this year?

He'll be at the Eastman Museum on Thursday, December 12, 6-8 p.m., ready to take your requests! Join us for our annual Holiday Homecoming, doors open at 5 p.m.

H.B. Wills (American, b. 1874). Girl by Christmas tree, December 10, 1914. Color plate, assembly (two-color Kodachrome) process. Eastman Museum Collection.

12/04/2019
Anderson & Low: Voyages and Discoveries

Missed our Wish You Were Here lecture featuring Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low? See the whole video now, then see the exhibition at the Eastman Museum, on view through January 5.

Enjoy a cup of wassail and some old fashioned holiday spirit as Katie Preston and Ben Morey sing the songs of Christmas ...
12/04/2019
Songs of Christmas Past | George Eastman Museum

Enjoy a cup of wassail and some old fashioned holiday spirit as Katie Preston and Ben Morey sing the songs of Christmas past on Friday, December 13, 6 p.m. Limited tickets on sale now.

O come, O come, and listen as Ben Morey and Katie Preston fill the mansion with holiday songs of yesteryear.

Pardon our progress! To accommodate restoration of the colonnade and construction of our new visitor center, the mansion...
12/03/2019

Pardon our progress! To accommodate restoration of the colonnade and construction of our new visitor center, the mansion will be closed December 18-February 14, and the Dryden Theatre will be closed January 1-June 3.

Unidentified. Blacksmith, 1860. Ambrotype. Museum Collection.

George Eastman Museum's cover photo
12/03/2019

George Eastman Museum's cover photo

Looking for the perfect gift for film and photography lovers? Check out the Eastman Museum Store! Museum members get 20%...
12/03/2019

Looking for the perfect gift for film and photography lovers? Check out the Eastman Museum Store!

Museum members get 20% off all purchases December 3-8.

A holiday tradition on 35mm! Join us Thursday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. for IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) with a special in...
12/03/2019
It’s a Wonderful Life | George Eastman Museum

A holiday tradition on 35mm! Join us Thursday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. for IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) with a special introduction by Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins, two of the original Bailey children. Free meet and greet begins at 6 p.m.

Holidays | The Canon | Special Guests. James Stewart and Donna Reed find their way through rough times in Bedford Falls (modeled on nearby Seneca Falls, New York) by way of a loving, dedicated relationship and a little heavenly intervention.

Coming to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:🌟 Museum members get 20% off the store through December 8🍪 ...
12/02/2019

Coming to the museum this week? Here's what you need to know:
🌟 Museum members get 20% off the store through December 8
🍪 Gingerbread houses are on view for two more weeks
🎥 @drydentheatre is screening holiday favorites

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900 East Ave
Rochester, NY
14607

RTS Rt 17 : East Ave RTS Rt 18 : University Ave

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+15853274800

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Entrepreneur George Eastman (1854–1932), the pioneer of popular photography, completed his Colonial Revival mansion on East Avenue in Rochester in 1905 and resided there until his death. He bequeathed most of his assets to the University of Rochester, expressing a desire that his mansion serve as the residence for the university president. The large house, measuring 35,000 square feet, proved far too large for this purpose, especially without a large service staff.

In 1947, the Board of Regents of the State of New York chartered George Eastman House Inc. as an independent nonprofit educational institution—specifically, a museum of photography and allied pursuits created as a memorial to George Eastman. The next year, the University of Rochester donated Eastman’s mansion and surrounding property to the museum. The institution altered its name several times over the ensuing decades, but its mission has remained steadfast: to collect, preserve, study, and exhibit photographic and cinematic objects and related technology from the inception of each medium to the present.

At the museum’s opening in 1949, it was one of only two American museums with a photography department and one of only two American museums with a film department (the Museum of Modern Art also had both). In 1951, the museum opened the beautiful Dryden Theatre, with seating for more than five hundred people, to exhibit films.

The George Eastman Museum’s position as a leader in its fields is founded on the curatorial visions of Beaumont Newhall, James Card, Rudolf Kingslake, George C. Pratt, Nathan Lyons, Philip Condax, and the gifted leaders and curators who followed them. For the first couple decades of the museum’s history, its curators, faced with relatively limited competition from other collecting institutions, were able to develop world-class collections of great breadth, depth, and quality—mostly through generous gifts from photographers, filmmakers, collectors, and corporate donors.

For almost forty years, the museum displayed objects from its collections in the rooms of George Eastman’s mansion. As its collections expanded and experts became more knowledgeable about the nature and importance of appropriate conditions for the storage of photographs and film, a new museum facility became essential.

In 1989, the museum completed construction of a 73,000-square-foot building (more than 70 percent of which is below ground level) that included climate-controlled collection vaults, exhibition galleries, libraries, offices, and photographic conservation and film preservation labs.

Given that George Eastman’s mansion was no longer to be occupied by the exhibition and storage of the photography and cinema collections, a determined group (almost entirely of women), led by Georgia Potter Gosnell and Nancy Turner, undertook the heroic effort of an exacting restoration of the historic mansion and grounds. Based on vintage photographs and other historical evidence, virtually all of the complex decorative interiors of the first floor of the mansion were restored and more than 85 percent of its original furnishings were returned during the two-year process.

Today, visitors to the George Eastman Museum can view at least three temporary exhibitions on photography and cinema in our galleries, tour George Eastman’s mansion and gardens (a National Historic Landmark), and see daily films at the Dryden Theatre.


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Wondering what photographic history GEM might have regarding carousel history through the years and if a program could be developed and presented to a national organization about it in the fall of 2020?
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My hubby and I drove up from Baltimore, MD to Rochester, NY last weekend for his birthday ... it must have been FATE that you were having a Warner Bros. Cartoon exhibit! I am such a WB groupie ... back in the 70s and 80s, I saw Chuck Jones at the AFI in DC in the 70s; Bob Clampett at Montgomery College (MD); and Mel Blanc at the Smithsonian in DC. I'm thinking about getting a tattoo of Tex Avery's "Owl Jolson" because I love to sing-a!
how do u get pics valued from eastman
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I just saw our very own docent, Justin, on the news being interviewed at Wegmans about a new grocery store helper app for the blind. First of its kind in the country. Way to go Justin!
Can you send me information on submitting a gingerbread house for sweet creations? Thank you!
What a great way to celebrate the130th anniversary of the Kodak camera!
Is someone trying to sell the railings from he George Eastman House?