From the Director

Dr. Bruce Barnes

Director's Welcome

The George Eastman Museum is an international treasure. The institution encompasses one of the world’s foremost collections of photography and cinema, including the preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology. The museum is located on the National Historic Landmark estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography and a leader in the development of motion picture film. Our institution recently changed our name from George Eastman House to better reflect our mission and the breadth of our collections, exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and research.

The George Eastman Museum is actively building our collections, with a particular emphasis on photographic and moving image works by contemporary artists from many cultures to complement our great strength in works from the past. At the same time, we are committed to the preservation of our collections and George Eastman’s mansion and gardens.

One of the most exciting aspects of the Eastman Museum is our dynamic and wide-ranging exhibition program. Each year, the museum presents at least ten new curated exhibitions: three major shows, ranging from the dawn of photography or cinema to contemporary works, in our main galleries; three presentations of contemporary photographic or cinematic artworks in our Project Gallery; three installations of works from our collection in our History of Photography Gallery; and several exhibits, generally concerning technology or George Eastman, on the second floor of the mansion. If you have not visited the museum in four months, you are guaranteed to see several new exhibitions on your next visit, as virtually all of them will have changed. 

The Dryden Theatre exhibits at least six different motion pictures each week—often films that cannot be seen anywhere else—ranging from silents with live musical accompaniment, classic Hollywood pictures, and past blockbusters to rarely shown independent, foreign, or experimental films. We also present artist and curator talks in the Dryden and Curtis theaters. There is something to engage or entertain every taste.

The historic mansion and gardens offer a variety of delights throughout the year. Join us for a musical program in the mansion any Sunday afternoon. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy the change of seasons. Celebrate the holiday season with our Sweet Creations gingerbread houses and escape from winter with our Dutch Connection floral show in February.

The George Eastman Museum is a very special institution. Our trustees and staff are deeply grateful to our members and other donors who support our mission. We hope that you will join us and explore all the museum has to offer. We invite you to come back—again and again—and see what’s new.

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Bruce Barnes, PhD
Ron and Donna Fielding Director
George Eastman Museum


Director's Notes

Thankful for Five Years of Support and Progress (November/December 2017)

Partnering with the Community (September/October 2017)

With Thanks (July/August 2017)

Help Us Protect the Arts (May/June 2017)

Celebrating Vittorio Storaro, A Master of Cinema (March/April 2017)

A Good Time for the Dryden (January/February 2017)


Nathan Lyons, 1930-2016

Collections Now Accessible Online (November/December 2016)

Our Invaluable Docents (September/October 2016)

Second Floor. Walk Up! (July/August 2016)

Collaborations and Partnerships (May/June 2016)

Come for a Lark (March/April 2016)

Exhibiting New Work (January/February 2016)


Director's Note (November/December 2015)

The Dryden- Your Home Theatre (September/October 2015)

An Active Spring (July/August 2015)

Salutations and Valedictions (May/June 2015)

Preservation is Paramount (March/April 2015)

Leading the World's Celebration of Technicolor's Centennial (January/February 2015)




Director's Note (November/December 2012)