One of only two National Historic Landmarks in Greater Rochester, the George Eastman Museum combines the world's leading museum of photography and film with the mansion and gardens of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company. The beautiful estate of a world-respected innovator and renowned entertainer can be the backdrop for your event.
With convenient parking and an ideal location near downtown hotels, restaurants, and other attractions, you’ll find the Eastman Museum the perfect setting for your special event. All events include the option of a guided tour of the historic mansion or temporary exhibitions. The museum is handicap accessible with some areas of the historic house and gardens having limited accessibility; please contact us to discuss accessibility needs for your event.
Private Events / Facility Rentals
The Eastman Museum facilities, including theaters, gardens, and areas of the museum and historic mansion are available for rental by corporate members, charitable nonprofit organizations, photography- and cinema-related organizations, colleges and universities, and George Eastman Society members. Audiovisual requirements can be accommodated, whether for large group presentations or for intimate gatherings.
The Potter Peristyle, located off of the museum’s main University Avenue entrance, is available for receptions, seated dinners, and elegant parties.
The 500-seat Dryden Theatre is perfect for film screenings, meetings, or corporate presentations such as annual meetings, product launches, and recognition events. Smaller groups find the Curtis Theatre appropriate for lectures, film screenings, receptions, and daytime or luncheon meetings. Small groups can also use the comfortable Council Room with its large oval oak table.
The Schuyler C. Townson Terrace Garden, lush with blooms and lined with brick pathways, offers an exquisite backdrop for summertime receptions.
Weddings, commitment ceremonies, vow renewals . . . Whether you choose to have your ceremony in the mansion's Conservatory, Front Hall, or formal West Garden, you and your guests will experience the lavishness of another era in the tradition of George Eastman, Rochester's most famous host. Accommodating up to 120 guests, the mansion or garden is an elegant location for your event.
As part of your ceremony package, or booked separately, photographs of your wedding party are works of art when set on the Eastman Museum grounds.
Host rehearsal dinners for up to 100 in the elegant historic mansion or the contemporary Potter Peristyle. We'll help you select from among Rochester's premier caterers to plan the perfect beginning to your celebrations.