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New Thomas Tischer Visitor Center

Rendering of the new visitor center

Exterior rendering of the new George Eastman Museum visitor center with the ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion inside

Rendering of the ESL pavilion

Interior rendering of the ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion 

Floorplan of the new visitor center

Floor plan of the pavilion and new visitor center 

Project Dates: Through Early Fall 2020

Attention Museum Visitors: The George Eastman Museum is temporarily closed to the public until further notice, in response to the national emergency.

The George Eastman Museum is undertaking a major construction project to relocate the museum’s main entrance and create a new visitor center. The new entrance, next to the Dryden Theatre, will be more convenient, visible, welcoming, and accessible for guests. The visitor center will also include a new café and museum shop.

Construction began in January 2020 and is expected to be completed in early Fall 2020.

The visitor center project was initiated by longtime museum patron, Thomas Tischer. His commitment of $1.5 million was matched by a $1 million grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. ESL Federal Credit Union, which was founded by George Eastman, acquired for $1 million the naming rights to the new main entrance building—the ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion—at the museum’s new visitor center.

Fundraising efforts for the new visitor center project are continuing.


Last Updated: Friday, April 17, 2020

How You Can Help

Generous support of the Transforming Our Visitors’ Experience Campaign will ensure the successful completion of this visionary project.

For more information on how you can support the campaign, including major gift and naming opportunities, please contact Lisa Ann Seischab, Vice President of Development, at (585) 327-4942 or lseischab@eastman.org.