Restoration & Construction
Last Updated: Monday, June 27, 2022
Attention Museum Visitors: See our Plan Your Visit page for up-to-date information about how these projects may impact your visit.
Current & Upcoming Projects
Chimney & Parapet Restoration [Upcoming]
Urgent repairs are needed for the historic mansion’s chimneys and parapets to mitigate risks to public safety and to protect the mansion from water damage. We are seeking grant funding from New York State and the Regional Economic Development Council to support this project, National Historic Landmark Restoration—Chimneys and Parapets. You can help: Please support our project by writing a letter of support by July 25. Click the Learn More button below to access the recording of the Virtual Community Forum and a letter writing kit.
Garden Structure Restoration [Through 2023]
The Pergola, Grape Arbor, and Loggia have withstood over 100 years of Rochester’s annual freeze/thaw cycle and are in a dire state of severe deterioration and instability.
The museum has received a grant of $600,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council for the project.
Window Repair & Restoration Project [Through 2022]
The George Eastman Museum is undertaking the restoration of 68 windows original to the historic mansion, installed between 1903 and 1905.
More than a century of severe weather has compromised the windows’ functionality and their ability to protect the interior and the structural integrity of the mansion. Customized, properly fitted, preservation-approved storm windows will also be installed to improve energy efficiency while preserving the historic elements and appearance of the property. In addition, 44 sets of window shutters will be restored.
Ross Property Copper Beech Tree [Removed March 2022]
It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to the Ross Property Copper Beech tree. Learn more about the history of the tree and what we'll be planting next.
How You Can Help
The Eastman Museum is grateful for donations of all sizes. Your Annual Fund support helps us with daily museum operations and forms a strong foundation that allows us to undertake critical restoration and capital projects.
To make a fully tax-deductible gift to the George Eastman Museum Annual Fund:
- Donate online here;
- Call (585) 327-4861; or
- Mail a check made out to “George Eastman Museum” to:
- George Eastman Museum
- Attn: Annual Fund
- 900 East Avenue
- Rochester, NY 14607
The Thomas Tischer Visitor Center [Completed October 2020]
The George Eastman Museum embarked on a major construction project to relocate and redesign the main entrance. The new entrance and visitor center is more convenient, visible, welcoming, and accessible for guests.
The Bruce B. Bates Colonnade Restoration [Completed June 2021]
The George Eastman Museum completed restoration of the Colonnade, the interior route between the galleries and mansion, to provide essential structural repairs and a more hospitable experience.