The Finger Lakes Sights


George Eastman House

George Eastman House Review

The sprawling colonial-revival mansion, once the home of Eastman Kodak's founder, has been restored to its early-1900s appearance. The elephant head on the wall in the conservatory is an eye-catcher, and the rest of the house gives a glimpse into the life and times of the man who brought photography to the masses. Much of the second floor is used as gallery space. The grounds include a rock garden with scallop-shaped flower beds, a formal terrace garden with more than 90 types of perennials, a cutting garden, a lily pool, and a grape arbor. The International Museum of Photography and Film, connected to the mansion, has changing exhibits about the history of photography and film technology; the permanent collection includes tens of thousands of photos, books, and films as well as photographic equipment. Also here is the Dryden Theatre, which shows movies ($7) and hosts film festivals.

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  • Address: 900 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 14607 | Map It
  • Phone: 585/271–3361
  • Cost: $10
  • Hours: May daily 10–5; June–Apr., Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10–5, Thurs. 10–8, Sun. 1–5. House tours Tues.–Sat. at 10:30 and 2, Sun. at 2. Garden tours May–Sept. Tues.–Sat. at 11:30 and 3, Sun. at 3.
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  • Location: Rochester

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