The George Eastman Museum is both a tribute to photography and film and to the man who pioneered those mediums. Founded in 1947 on George Eastman’s estate, it is the oldest photography museum in the world and one of the oldest film archives.
The museum includes temporary photography and cinema exhibitions, Eastman’s historic mansion and gardens, the Dryden Theatre, docent tours, music recitals, hands-on workshops and more.
A major construction project to relocate the museum’s entrance and create a new visitor center broke ground in January and is expected to be completed this fall. The Thomas Tischer Visitor Center will include a new café and museum shop.
In addition to the new visitor center project, the museum is also working on several restoration projects. The first is for the Colonnade, which provides the only interior path between the museum’s main entrance and galleries and the historic mansion and gardens.
The museum is also planning a window repair and restoration project, which will address 68 windows that are original to the mansion, and a garden structure restoration project for the Pergola, Grape Arbor and Loggia, all of which are more than 100 years old.