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

Virtual Zoom Tour: Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

Date: January 31, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual tour
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum
Thaw Collection

VIRTUAL TOUR: THAW COLLECTION OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART
A virtual tour via Zoom of of our world-renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian art.
January 31, February 21,  & March 14 • 2:00pm (30 min.)

Fenimore Art Museum’s Thaw Collection of American Indian Art showcases incredible examples of Native American artistry, craftsmanship, and ingenuity from across North America. Basketry, masks, weapons, clothing, ceramics, weavings, and much more spanning dozens of cultures and hundreds of years is featured in our Thaw Gallery.

Join Associate Curator of American Art, Julia Madore, on a special virtual Zoom tour of this stunning and important collection, followed by a live question and answer session. View the full description and reserve your spot here.



About 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

Virtual Zoom Tour: Highlights of American Folk Art

Date: February 7, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual tour
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum
American Folk Art

A virtual tour via Zoom of Fenimore Art Museum’s extensive American folk art collection.
January 24, February 7,  & March 28 • 2:00pm (30 min.)

Join us for a virtual Zoom tour, with live narration, of Fenimore Art Museum’s collection of American folk art, featuring some of the most important names in folk art such as Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma” Moses), Edward Hicks, Ralph Fasanella, and more. The tour includes a look at 19th century portraits, carvings, traditional crafts, and much more.

The 20-minute virtual tour will be followed by a live Q&A session with Kevin Gray, Manager of Arts Education. 

View the full description and reserve your spot here.



About 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

Virtual Zoom Tour: Cooper, Cole, and the Hudson River School

Date: February 14, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual tour
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum
Cole

Join us for a live discussion via Zoom of author James Fenimore Cooper, artist Thomas Cole, and the Hudson River School of landscape painters.
January 17, February 14,  & March 7 • 2:00pm (30 min.)

Writer James Fenimore Cooper and artist Thomas Cole were friends whose works inspired a love for the sublime American landscape. Join Assistant Curator Ann Cannon for a live virtual tour exploring our collection featuring memorabilia from the Cooper family, as well as a variety of paintings by Thomas Cole and other key members of the Hudson River School.

The tour will be followed by a live Q&A session with Ann Cannon, Associate Curator of American Art. 

View the full description and reserve your spot here.



About 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

Virtual Zoom Tour: Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

Date: February 21, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual tour
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum
Thaw Collection

VIRTUAL TOUR: THAW COLLECTION OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART
A virtual tour via Zoom of of our world-renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian art.
January 31, February 21,  & March 14 • 2:00pm (30 min.)

Fenimore Art Museum’s Thaw Collection of American Indian Art showcases incredible examples of Native American artistry, craftsmanship, and ingenuity from across North America. Basketry, masks, weapons, clothing, ceramics, weavings, and much more spanning dozens of cultures and hundreds of years is featured in our Thaw Gallery.

Join Associate Curator of American Art, Julia Madore, on a special virtual Zoom tour of this stunning and important collection, followed by a live question and answer session. View the full description and reserve your spot here.



About 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

Virtual Zoom Tour: Cooper, Cole, and the Hudson River School

Date: March 7, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual tour
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum
Cole

Join us for a live discussion via Zoom of author James Fenimore Cooper, artist Thomas Cole, and the Hudson River School of landscape painters.
January 17, February 14,  & March 7 • 2:00pm (30 min.)

Writer James Fenimore Cooper and artist Thomas Cole were friends whose works inspired a love for the sublime American landscape. Join Assistant Curator Ann Cannon for a live virtual tour exploring our collection featuring memorabilia from the Cooper family, as well as a variety of paintings by Thomas Cole and other key members of the Hudson River School.

The tour will be followed by a live Q&A session with Ann Cannon, Associate Curator of American Art. 

View the full description and reserve your spot here.



About 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

Virtual Zoom Tour: Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

Date: March 14, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual tour
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum
Thaw Collection

VIRTUAL TOUR: THAW COLLECTION OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART
A virtual tour via Zoom of of our world-renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian art.
January 31, February 21,  & March 14 • 2:00pm (30 min.)

Fenimore Art Museum’s Thaw Collection of American Indian Art showcases incredible examples of Native American artistry, craftsmanship, and ingenuity from across North America. Basketry, masks, weapons, clothing, ceramics, weavings, and much more spanning dozens of cultures and hundreds of years is featured in our Thaw Gallery.

Join Associate Curator of American Art, Julia Madore, on a special virtual Zoom tour of this stunning and important collection, followed by a live question and answer session. View the full description and reserve your spot here.



About 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

Virtual Zoom Tour: Highlights of American Folk Art

Date: March 28, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual tour
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum
American Folk Art

A virtual tour via Zoom of Fenimore Art Museum’s extensive American folk art collection.
January 24, February 7,  & March 28 • 2:00pm (30 min.)

Join us for a virtual Zoom tour, with live narration, of Fenimore Art Museum’s collection of American folk art, featuring some of the most important names in folk art such as Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma” Moses), Edward Hicks, Ralph Fasanella, and more. The tour includes a look at 19th century portraits, carvings, traditional crafts, and much more.

The 20-minute virtual tour will be followed by a live Q&A session with Kevin Gray, Manager of Arts Education. 

View the full description and reserve your spot here.



About 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

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RECENT UPDATES

Fenimore Art Museum presents virtual tours focused on the museum’s collections

Fenimore Art Museum presents free virtual tours focused on the museum’s collection on select Tuesdays from January – March.

Visually Rich Lecture on Photographer Elliott Erwitt at Fenimore Art Museum

Cold Wars and Hot Assignments: Traveling with Photographer Elliott Erwitt
Saturday, November 5 • 4:00–5:30pm • Free to the public with a suggested donation of $10 per person • Registration required

Exhibition Featuring Abstract Sculpture by Utica Artist Jonathan Kirk

Fenimore presents four new exhibitions for the fall season. Free admission for young people—ages 19 and under.

Photo Gallery

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