Dutch Connection 2023
Get an early peek at spring 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, and spring annuals filling areas of George Eastman’s historic mansion.
Nonmembers are encouraged 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.
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 by museum visitors during regular museum hours. (First come, first served; no pre-order available for onsite sale.)
Just for Kids Bulb Kit
We have a free Just for Kids Bulb Kit to take home in the sales area. Kits can be picked up by museum visitors onsite during regular museum hours.
A kit includes: one bulb, soil, and a pot - at no cost!
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 https://www.eastman.org/virtual-discovery-room.
Please share your bulb growing with us on social media @eastmanmuseum
Escape the cold weather with these fun, family-friendly, activities inspired by the flowers in our Dutch Connection display!
- Dutch Connection Video: How to Plant a Bulb
- PDF Instructions: How to Plant a Bulb
- GEM Kids Bulb Growth Chart: PreK Level
- GEM Kids Bulb Growth Chart: Kindergarten to Third Grade Level
- 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.
Landscape Manager Dan Bellavia goes behind the scenes of Dutch Connection, sharing its history and how it comes to life every year.
Virtual 360 Tour
Explore our 2021 Dutch Connection virtually, complete with all audio, text, and full-size images.
- Wall text and images are available to view by clicking the teal dots next to the works. To see the work in greater detail, simply click on the image for it to expand to full screen.
- For video and PDFs, click on the yellow dots. You can watch and read these within the Matterport.
Check out some of our videos over the years made in relation to our Dutch Connection annual exhibition
Special thanks to the Genesee Region Orchid Society, Inc. for their donation of orchids to the exhibit every year.
Dutch Connection is generously supported by Gerald and Karen Kral and through the support of Michael Warren Thomas.
In-kind support provided by Monroe County Parks Department and Pike’s Greenhouses, Avon, NY.