Live flowers on display February 10-26-also on view, artifacts from George Eastman's life 100 years ago

Rochester, N.Y., January 18, 2017-The George Eastman Museum presents virtual springtime, with the annual Dutch Connection floral display, on view Friday, February 10, through Sunday, February 26. This colorful two-week display will feature thousands of flowering bulbs, displayed throughout the historic mansion.


The two-week display is a welcome treat for the eyes and nose in the midst of winter. The museum's historic Conservatory will be filled with thousands of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, amaryllis, and freesias, in various vibrant shades-the same colors Eastman featured 100 years ago. In addition, tropical orchids will be displayed throughout the Palm House and Colonnade, courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society. Also on view on the second floor of the mansion are artifacts from George Eastman's life in 1917.

During his residency between 1905 and 1932, Eastman ordered tens of thousands of bulbs from Holland every year to decorate his Conservatory. The orders were mostly for tulips, narcissus, and hyacinths for indoor forcing, and tulips for the outside beds.

Eastman's annual bulb orders were inspired by a trip he made to Holland in 1890, when he was impressed by the tulip fields he saw while bicycling through the countryside. The present-day display is based on Eastman's original orders placed with Dutch bulb companies. The cultivation process began last July, with six thousand bulbs growing since October.

Group Tours
The Eastman Museum offers private group tours of Dutch Connection during regular museum hours. To set up a tour or for more information, please contact Stacey VanDenburgh, guest services manager, at (585) 271-3361 ext. 238 or

Dutch Connection is open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Included with regular museum admission. For more information, visit or call (585) 271-3361.

For the last 23 years, Dutch Connection has been made possible by the generous support of Gerald P. and Karen S. Kral. Greenhouse services have been provided by Lucas Greenhouses.

Public Programming

Valentine's Day Brunch & Film
Sunday, February 12
Enjoy a catered brunch in the Potter Peristyle at 10 a.m., followed by a screening of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) in the Dryden Theatre at 11:30 a.m. Admission for the brunch and film is $45. Reservations are required for the brunch by February 5, and can be made by calling (585) 271-3361 ext. 249. The event is sponsored by the Eastman Museum Council, with all proceeds benefiting the George Eastman Museum.

Live Music Performances
Sundays, 3 p.m.
February 12, Nathan Cheung, piano
February 19, Trio Alexander, music of Debussy and Ravel
February 26, Evelyn Lam and Kimberly Merrill, piano and soprano 
Included with museum admission. 

Focus 45: Yours Very Truly: An Exploration of George Eastman's Correspondence 

Saturday, February 25, 12 p.m.
Jesse Peers, archivist for the George Eastman Legacy Collection, has spent the last three years cataloging 155 boxes of George Eastman's correspondences. For the first time, a complete index of every letter Eastman ever sent or received has been created. Peers will discuss his most interesting and surprising finds from his work on the project. Free to members; incl. w/ museum admission.

About the George Eastman Museum
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world's oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world's preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master's degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to film preservation and to photographic preservation and collections management. For more information, visit


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Media Contact: Kellie Fraver,, (585) 271-3361 ext. 213