Museum Passes Available at the Central Library

Your library card is the key to museum discounts!

The Monroe County Library System is proud to announce the V.I.P pass program, a partnership with the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Genesee Country Village and Museum, Geva Theatre Center and the George Eastman House, which allows libraries to circulate discount passes for each of these institutions.  V.I.P stands for “Very Important Places” marking the relevance of libraries, theatres and museums to the life of the community.  Working together, our organizations are able to provide multiple opportunities for education, inspiration and enrichment to the residents of Monroe County.

Library card holders can visit a participating library, choose a pass to a museum or theatre, check out the pass and show it at the admissions desk to receive a discount.  The pass is then returned to the library for the next user.  Great discounts to great places, just by using your library card!  Horizons can be expanded by seeing a play at Geva, or star gazing at the Strasenburgh Planetarium.  An interest in technology or a love of art can be discovered enjoying the exhibits at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, or exploring the Memorial Art Gallery.  Visiting the George Eastman House, can give you a glimpse of “lifestyles of the rich and famous Rochester edition” and show how Eastman’s inventions changed the world by making photography accessible to all.  Travel back in time and experience, hands on, life in the 19th century at the Genesee Country Village and Museum.

Your library card is the key. It not only gets you access to thousands of books and DVDs, now it gets you special discounts at area museums and theatres. These passes are good through May 2013.

George Eastman House: Machines of Memory

Cameras from the Technology Collection

From May 5, 2005 through December 31, 2012 in the North Gallery

George Eastman House 

“All the things the public most wants to see from the technology collection,” that’s how Technology Curator Todd Gustavson describes Machines of Memory, the exhibition in the North Gallery. The display includes a variety of photographic highlights from camera obscuras through digital imaging designed to show the evolution of photography as well as its revolutions.

A section on Kodak showcases the cameras that changed the world, including the first Kodak, the first folding pocket camera, the first auto exposure camera and, of course, the Brownie. A selection of the most fascinating objects in the collection features, among other items, a lunar orbiter, a Technicolor movie camera, and “detective” cameras from the 1880s. “The exhibition really explores the depth and breadth of the collection,” explains Gustavson. “There’s something in there to interest everyone, even people not previously familiar with photographic technology.”