George Eastman Museum

#9 in Best Things To Do in The Finger Lakes
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900 East Ave.

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 3.5Atmosphere

Located in Rochester, this facility – the world's oldest museum of photography and one of the oldest film archives – is housed within the former estate of George Eastman, a photography and film pioneer. The National Historic Landmark pays homage to the history of photography and motion picture film, offering both permanent and temporary exhibits, an extensive library and a 500-seat theater, which shows more than 300 films each year. Past exhibitions have covered the relationship between photography and our national parks and the history of space photography. 

Recent visitors called this museum "a must for the photography enthusiast" and said that even if you're not interested in film and photography, the historic mansion and gorgeous gardens are worth a visit. Reviewers also highly recommended the on-site cafe for lunch. 

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission, which does not include film screenings, costs $15 for adults and $5 for students and kids ages 5 to 17. The Eastman Museum Café is open during regular museum hours and before evening film screenings. To learn more about upcoming exhibits, visit the museum's website.

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Located about 23 miles southwest of Syracuse, Skaneateles Lake is the sixth-largest of the Finger Lakes. The name means "long lake" in the Iroquois language and indeed, the 16-mile-long lake crosses three counties: Onandaga, Cayuga and Cortland. The historic Skaneateles Village dates back to the Revolutionary War and is filled with local shops, restaurants, inns and bed-and-breakfasts. The sparkling, clear lake is a favorite for boating and fishing. 

Many recent visitors to Skaneateles Lake said it was a favorite stop and loved the charming, historic town, saying that both dining and shopping were excellent. Visitors also commented on the lake's calm and clean "crystal clear" waters and said that even though it's off the beaten path it's well worth a visit. Several recommended one of the local boat tours, such as those provided by Mid-Lakes Navigation, as a way to learn the history of the area. 

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