New Visitor Center
Project Dates: January to July 2020
Attention Museum Visitors: To accommodate construction, the mansion will be closed through February 13, galleries will be open. See our Plan Your Visit page for up-to-date information about how this project may impact your visit.
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 July 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: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
- George Eastman Museum breaks ground on Thomas Tischer Visitor Center and ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion (Press Release, January 6, 2020)
- The George Eastman Museum will Break Ground on New Visitor Center on January 6, 2020 (Press Release, November 18, 2019)
- ESL Acquires Naming Rights to Pavilion in New Visitor Center at George Eastman Museum (Press Release, June 12, 2019)
- Director’s Note: A More Welcoming Museum (Bulletin Article, February 2019)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.