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Your health and safety are our top priority

Updated: Friday, March 13, 2020

The George Eastman Museum is committed to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, and to taking all necessary steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. In light of the declaration of a national emergency, and after consultation with other cultural leaders in the Rochester region, the George Eastman Museum has temporarily closed to the public as of 5 p.m., March 13, 2020, until further notice.

We will continue to closely monitor communications from the Monroe County Department of Public Health, New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding COVID-19.

In light of the museum’s closing, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the following public programs:

  • ALL daily public tours through April 30 (including ASL tours)
  • Members’ Upstairs/Downstairs Tours on March 29, April 5 & 25
  • Monday, March 16–Friday, March 20: Ambrotypes & Tintypes Workshop
  • Friday, March 27: Gallery Talk in Spanish with Alejandro Cartagena (*may be rescheduled for a later date)
  • Saturday, March 28: Conversation with Alejandro Cartagena (*may be rescheduled for a later date)
  • Saturday, April 4: Museum Free Day
  • Sunday, April 19: Performance Plus: Xeno Saxophone Quartet
  • Tuesday, May 12–Thursday, May 14: Eastman Museum Council Trip to Newport, RI
  • Monday, June 8–Friday, June 12: Dry Collodion Workshop in Sicily

If you have questions about the status of other programs, please contact info@eastman.org. During this period, we will be waiving our regular refund policies for individuals who are impacted. Please contact the event coordinator to learn more. 

The museum promotes everyday preventative activities as outlined by the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:

  • Washing your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cough and sneeze into your sleeve to prevent the spread of germs
  • We ask that you postpone your visit if you are ill with flu-like symptoms, or if you have recently traveled to a region that is experiencing widespread transmission of COVID-19

For additional information on the coronavirus and precautionary measures, please visit the following websites:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – COVID-19

World Health Organization – COVID-19

New York State Department of Health – COVID-19

Monroe County Department of Public Health – COVID-19


We will continue to post updates on this page.