Seeking a museum with old cameras

Discussion in 'Photography' started by dtanyol2, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. dtanyol2

    dtanyol2 Guest

    Hi all,

    I'm seeking a museum in the mid-Atlantic area that has a significant
    (that is, LARGE) collection of old cameras and photographic equipment.
    I'd like to find museums whose collections include plenty of
    19th-century technology (even pre-daguerreotype stuff) but also some
    20th-century pieces. (I'm trying to give myself a crash course in the
    actual appearance of these things that I've read a lot about.)

    Any suggestions? I'm in Philadelphia, so Eastern PA and/or New Jersey
    would be lovely, but I'm open to suggestions outside the immediate
    area. I'm open to everything from regular science museums to attic
    collections maintained by eccentrics (as long as they're not dangerous
    eccentrics, of course). Thanks!

    dtanyol2, Sep 16, 2005
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  2. dtanyol2

    photo35744 Guest

    Kodak museum in NY
    photo35744, Sep 17, 2005
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  3. Very definitely the Eastman Kodak Museum in Rochester New York.

    Bernard Saper, Sep 17, 2005
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    Marvin Guest

    And if you drive up there through the Fingerlakes region this Fall, you can take some
    great photos of changing leaf colors. You could also spend time sampling wines at the
    many wineries.
    Marvin, Sep 17, 2005
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    editor Guest

    You might even find some of this stuff very cheaply on eBay - and build
    your own collection. Unless a film camera has true "antique" value, it
    gets very low bids (if any) nowadays.

    No $4 to park! No $6 admission!
    editor, Sep 17, 2005
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    deetee Guest

    Thanks, everyone, for recommendations of Eastman House (and even the
    eBay suggestion)...I will try to travel to Eastman House when my
    schedule and budget allow, esp. since I suspect I'll need to make
    several days' trip of it (I live about 6-8 hours away, and once I'm up
    there would probably need about two days to look and to research, in
    addition to approx. one day spent coming and going).

    But I am wondering, does anyone know of any other collections within a
    more reasonable distance of Philadelphia, for the short term? Granted,
    they'll be much dinkier, but for now dinky is better than nothing. (And
    thanks again.)

    deetee, Sep 18, 2005
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