Fenimore Art Museum

  • Admission

    Adults (20-64) $15.00
    Seniors (65+) $12.50
    Young People (19 and under) FREE
    Admission is always FREE for members, active military, and retired career military personnel.

    TWO-WAY TICKETS with THE FARMERS’ MUSEUM
    Adults (20-64) $25.00
    Seniors (65+) $22.50

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

    Download a visitor guide from the Fenimore’s website

  • Hours of Operation

    April 1 – May 6
    Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays)

    May 7 – October 10 (Columbus Day)
    Open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    The Fenimore Café is open daily from 11am–4pm.

    October 11 – December 31
    Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas

    January 1 – March 31
    Closed for winter except for special programs and events.

  • Weather

    COOPERSTOWN WEATHER

Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.

Fenimore Art Museum is a museum of American art.

It is named for the property on which it stands, land once owned by the novelist James Fenimore Cooper. The Museum occupies a 1933 mansion built by Edward Severin Clark, an heir to the Singer Manufacturing Company fortune. Following his death the building was given to the Museum by his brother, philanthropist and art collector Stephen Carlton Clark, who also gave much of the fine art and folk art collections. Stephen later turned his brother’s farm complex across the road into The Farmers’ Museum, which to this day shares much of its staff with Fenimore Art Museum.

For a museum of its size, Fenimore Art Museum tells a remarkable range of American stories.

  • Its fine art collection illustrates everyday life in early America and chronicles the development of the young nation.
  • Its folk art collection shows the work of self-taught Americans who were inspired to create and who probably never thought their work would be in an art museum: traveling portrait painters, quilters, ship carvers, sign painters, students in female academies, and people from many different backgrounds and all walks of life.
  • The photography collection illustrates the entire history of photography in the United States, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary photographers.
  • The Cooper family collection shows the unique qualities of Cooperstown and Otsego Lake as seen in the writings of America’s first novelist, James Fenimore Cooper.
  • The American Indian Art collection shows the masterful artistry of Native peoples from across North America from prehistory to the present.
  • Special exhibitions and programs held regularly at the museum introduce visitors to a wide range of artworks and stories from our own as well as other museums and collections.
  • Our members and visitors give us valuable ideas and feedback to guide us in future programming.

Fenimore Art Museum, and the stories it tells, aspires to provide an engaging experience leading to a renewed or enhanced appreciation of American art, history, and culture, and the many and varied people who comprise the American story.

Events

THAW COLLECTION OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART

THAW COLLECTION OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART

March 5, 2024    
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join for a live discussion and virtual tour via Zoom of our world-renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.
AMERICAN ARTISTS ABROAD

AMERICAN ARTISTS ABROAD

March 12, 2024    
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join Associate Curator of American Art, Ann Cannon, on a world tour through the Museum’s collection of works done by American artists abroad.
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RECENT UPDATES

Fenimore Art Museum Announces Acquisition of Eight Major Artworks for Its American Art Collection

The Fenimore Art Museum has acquired eight major works of art generously funded by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.

Children’s Storybook Workshop Inspired By Frog and Toad Author Arnold Lobel at Fenimore

Children ages 9-14 are invited to participate in a storytelling and illustration workshop at Fenimore Art Museum.

New Exhibition Featuring Navajo Textiles

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown presents Following the Thread: Navajo Textiles from the Thaw Collection, a new exhibition on view October 7 – December 31, 2023.

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