Since it opened in 1983, the Discovery Room has provided visitors to George Eastman House a chance for hands-on exploration of the art and science of photography and film. The Room, the first of its kind in a photography museum, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a major renovation.
The Discovery Room is now divided into three main sectionsâ€”Photography, Cameras & Technology, and Motion Pictures. Longtime favorite devices are still hereâ€”the camera obscura overlooking the gardens, two vintage mutoscopes featuring hand-cranked, live action and animated â€˜moviesâ€™, flipbooks, zoetropes and sunprintsâ€”plus other activity stations have been added or enhanced. Visitors can now try out real and toy cameras, browse books on photography and film, look at early photographs, and view a Guessing Gallery of images from the Eastman House Photography Collection. Jumbo timelines and Photo Flashback and Hall of Fame panels highlight significant events and objects.
Discovery Room Online is a new feature with downloadable games, activities, tips, timelines, and guide. Itâ€™s a good way to visit anytime!
Roxana Aparicio Wolfe is the Curator of Education and Online Communities at George Eastman House.
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