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Hands-On & Family Friendly Activities

Featured Activity: Cyanotypes

Join Chief Object Preparator Emily Phoenix as she reads you the story of Anna Atkins, an early photographic pioneer who used cyanotypes as a way to share plant specimens with the scientific community in the 19th century. Then, Emily and her daughter Edna show you how you can make your own Anna Atkins-inspired sun prints and cyanotypes.

The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs was written and illustrated by Fiona Robinson, and read with the permission of Abrams Children's Books.

Storytime: The Bluest of Blues

Activity: Make Your Own Cyanotypes

More Activities

Hands coloring various pages

Coloring Pages

Grab some pencils, crayons, and markers, and enjoy coloring objects from our collection!

Mini Photoshoot

Photography Activities

These activities are a fun, hands-on way to explore the basics of photography using objects you can find around your home.

Thaumatrope

Pre-Cinema Activities

These activities are designed to demystify the illusion of motion.

Recipes

Historic Recipes

Ready to put your cooking skills to the test? Try making one of George Eastman's recipes from 1919!

Virtual Tour

Virtual Tours

Explore the museum from home with our virtual tours. Through the links below, you can access the historic mansion, see select behind-the-scenes areas, and tour the gardens in full bloom. 

Emily and Edna reading a book

Storytime & Activities

Join us for activities and stories in George Eastman's historic library