The Farmers’ Museum

  • Admission

    Adults (13-64): $15.00
    Seniors (65+): $12.50
    Juniors (7-12): $6.00
    Children (6 and under): FREE
    Museum members: FREE
    Admission is always FREE for active military and retired career military personnel.

    TWO-WAY TICKETS with FENIMORE ART MUSEUM
    Adults (20-64) $25.00
    Seniors (65+) $22.50

    Tickets only available at the door. No online tickets sold.

  • Hours of Operation

    April 1 – May 6
    Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm Closed Mondays.
    Museum Store open 11:00 am–4:00 pm. Closed Mondays.

    May 7 – October 10
    Open Daily, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
    Museum Store: open daily, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
    Crossroads Cafe: open daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm

    October 11 – October 31
    Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm. Closed Mondays.
    Museum Store: open 11:00 am–4:00 pm. Closed Mondays.
    Crossroads Cafe: Closed

    November – March
    Closed for winter except for special programs and events.
    Museum Store: The Farmers’ Museum Store has everything you need when shopping for the Holidays!
    11/1-11/24: open Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm (closed Mondays and Thanksgiving Day)
    11/26-12/24 (Holiday Hours): open daily, 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Weather

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The Farmers’ Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits.

The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

History

The site of The Farmers’ Museum has deep roots in New York State’s rural past. The land has been part of a working farm since 1813, when it was owned by James Fenimore Cooper. Judge Samuel Nelson, whose office is part of The Farmers’ Museum Village, bought the farm in 1829 and raised sheep. Fenimore Farm, as it came to be known, changed hands again in the 1870s, when it was acquired by the Clark family.

In 1918, Edward Severin Clark built a showcase complex at Fenimore Farm for his prize herd of cattle. The barn, creamery, and herdsman’s cottage designed by architect Frank Whiting in the Colonial Revival style and constructed of local stone still stand today and are an integral part of the museum. Today, they house museum offices, exhibition spaces, and public areas. The structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Farmers’ Museum opened its doors to the public in 1944. At that time, the museum had 5,000 tools and objects, including important collections amassed by the Otsego County Historical Society; William B. Sprague, founder of the Early American Industries Association; and the Wyckoff family, one of Brooklyn’s oldest farming families. Today the museum’s collections number more than 23,000 artifacts.

The Farmers’ Museum is a private, non-governmental educational organization. It is closely affiliated with its sister organization, Fenimore Art Museum.

Events

Blacksmith Weekend Returns to The Farmers’ Museum October 1 & 2

Start date: October 1, 2022
End date: October 2, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 5775 STATE HIGHWAY 80 (P.O.BOX 800) COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326
Organizer: The Farmers' Museum
Phone: 607-547-1450
Farmers Museum
Blacksmith Weekend at The Farmers’ Museum-3

Blacksmith Weekend returns to The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Hear the bellows blow and see hot iron worked by hammer. Visitors will find demonstrations of traditional tool and hardware making plus related hands-on activities throughout the museum both days. Blacksmiths working on a number of forges will show the versatility of the blacksmith’s craft. Learn tips and secrets of the trade from knowledgeable staff and visiting blacksmiths.

Six Nights of Ghost Tours in October at The Farmers’ Museum

Start date: October 14, 2022
End date: October 15, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: 5775 STATE HIGHWAY 80 (P.O.BOX 800) COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326
Organizer: The Farmers' Museum
Phone: 607-547-1450
Farmers Museum
Six Nights of Ghost Tours in October at The Farmers Museum-2

During the most haunting time of the year, dare to experience Things That Go Bump in the Night Ghost Tours at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown on Friday and Saturday evenings: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Join an eerie lantern-lit tour of the shadowy museum grounds. Hear your guide recount the many mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the 19th-century historic village, as in the tale of a young ghost who roams the rooms of Bump Tavern or the mysterious early morning strikes on the anvil in the Blacksmith Shop. During each tour, be prepared to hold your breath as Michael Henrici brings Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Tell-Tale Heart” to life. Tours run every half-hour from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Six Nights of Ghost Tours in October at The Farmers’ Museum

Start date: October 21, 2022
End date: October 22, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: 5775 STATE HIGHWAY 80 (P.O.BOX 800) COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326
Organizer: The Farmers' Museum
Phone: 607-547-1450
Farmers Museum
Six Nights of Ghost Tours in October at The Farmers Museum-2

During the most haunting time of the year, dare to experience Things That Go Bump in the Night Ghost Tours at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown on Friday and Saturday evenings: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Join an eerie lantern-lit tour of the shadowy museum grounds. Hear your guide recount the many mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the 19th-century historic village, as in the tale of a young ghost who roams the rooms of Bump Tavern or the mysterious early morning strikes on the anvil in the Blacksmith Shop. During each tour, be prepared to hold your breath as Michael Henrici brings Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Tell-Tale Heart” to life. Tours run every half-hour from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Six Nights of Ghost Tours in October at The Farmers’ Museum

Start date: October 28, 2022
End date: October 29, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: 5775 STATE HIGHWAY 80 (P.O.BOX 800) COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326
Organizer: The Farmers' Museum
Phone: 607-547-1450
Farmers Museum
Six Nights of Ghost Tours in October at The Farmers Museum-2

During the most haunting time of the year, dare to experience Things That Go Bump in the Night Ghost Tours at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown on Friday and Saturday evenings: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Join an eerie lantern-lit tour of the shadowy museum grounds. Hear your guide recount the many mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the 19th-century historic village, as in the tale of a young ghost who roams the rooms of Bump Tavern or the mysterious early morning strikes on the anvil in the Blacksmith Shop. During each tour, be prepared to hold your breath as Michael Henrici brings Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Tell-Tale Heart” to life. Tours run every half-hour from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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