International Museum of Photography and Film At A Glance
The museum’s massive 19th-century French and American photograph holdings rival and surpass such other great collections as the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Their significant twentieth-century holdings also rival the above institutions in depth and number.
“George Eastman House is the mother of photography, and certainly the mother of film.”
Ranked third in number and breadth of motion pictures of all genres, equal to the Museum of Modern Art, and exceeded only by The Library of Congress and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
“We are at risk of losing our cultural history and also our documentary history . . . Eastman House is in a pre-eminent position to be in the vanguard. I don’t think other museums have caught up to the idea that that’s what’s coming. There must be this care given, to preserving film of all kinds.”
The Museum’s Dryden Theatre is one of three archival theaters in the United States equipped to exhibit nitrate film.
“George Eastman House is among the holy places of cinema. These are places where films are loved and preserved.”
The technology collection is the world’s largest collection of photographic and cinematographic equipment and the largest known collection of photographic apparatus catalogs. The collection surpasses those of the Smithsonian; the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in England; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
“A national treasure...a first rate modern museum that no lover of photography will want to miss.”
One of the three finest libraries of photographic literature in the world—the other two are the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Library of Congress.
“The nation’s leading museum of photography.”
—Wall Street Journal
The only historic home and garden in the world where one can see first-hand how an American inventor and entrepreneur lived, as well as learn about the history, growth, and development of the industry he created and its impact on the world today.
“There is no higher honor than this institution (George Eastman House) that is at the pinnacle of the photography world.”
One of the most comprehensive resource libraries on caring for, restoring, and repairing historic homes and other structures, such as barns and landscapes—rivaling Winterthur. One of only three National Historic Landmark sites in Western New York.
The Museum houses the first institutional Conservation Lab established in the world (1975). A prominent place for the education of international photography conservation professionals. Since its conception, it currently houses the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation—the only post-graduate educational program for conservators in the world, funded generously by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“All photographers highly respect this institution. It’s like coming to mecca.”
The Eastman House and Ryerson University masters degree program in photographic preservation and collections management is the first and only of its kind in the world.