Dutch Connection 2021
Get an early peek at spring this February at the museum’s annual Dutch Connection floral display. A welcome treat in the midst of winter, the show features thousands of colorful tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, amaryllis, freesias, and spring annuals filling areas of George Eastman’s historic mansion.
Nonmembers are required to purchase admission tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at any point prior to visiting.
Museum members and other guests receiving free admission do not need to purchase tickets in advance—just show your member card, military ID, or SNAP/EBT card at the Lipson Welcome Center when you arrive.
Museum Hours (February 5–28)
- Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Closed Monday
Dutch Connection Bulb Sale
A variety of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and more are available for sale.
When you visit the museum to see Dutch Connection, bulbs will be available for purchase during regular museum hours in the Dryden Theatre lobby. (First come, first served; no pre-order available for on-site sale.)
Just for Kids Bulb Kit
Due to COVID-19, we are not offering our onsite kids planting activity this year; however, we have a free Just for Kids Bulb Kit to take home.
Kits can be picked up onsite during regular museum hours.
Once you get your kit, head online for a video tutorial on planting a bulb and other Dutch Connection related activities on our website at eastman.org/kids.
Landscape Manager Dan Bellavia goes behind the scenes of Dutch Connection, sharing its history and how it comes to life every year.
Escape the cold weather with these fun, family-friendly, activities inspired by the flowers in our Dutch Connection display!
- Video: How to Plant a Bulb
- PDF Instructions: How to Plant a Bulb
- Coloring Pages: Dutch Connection Flowers
- Blog Post: Advice on Growing Indoor Plants
About Dutch Connection
Between 1905 and 1932, George Eastman ordered tens of thousands of bulbs from Holland every year. The orders were mostly for tulips, narcissus, and hyacinths for indoor forcing, and tulips for outside beds. Eastman’s annual bulb orders were inspired by the flower fields he saw while bicycling through the countryside during a trip to Holland in 1895. The present-day display is inspired by Eastman’s original orders placed with Dutch bulb companies.
Generously supported by Gerald and Karen Kral. In-kind support provided by Monroe County Parks Department and Palomaki Farms Inc.