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

Jonathan Kirk – Abstract Sculpture: Fables, Foibles, and other Machinations

Start date: October 1, 2022
End date: December 31, 2022
All-day event
Location: Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Highway 80 (P.O.BOX 800) Cooperstown, NY 13326
Organizer: Fenimore Art Museum
Email address: INFO@FENIMOREART.ORG
Phone: 607-547-1400
Fenimore Art Museum
Duckbill, 2022, painted wood, 14” x 32” x 22.5”

Opening October 1, 2022: Jonathan Kirk’s sculptures, while abstract, are evocative of a wide range of sources, from the natural and organic world, to forms of industrial and naval architecture. The work illuminates the ways in which the forms of the artist as well as the engineer still embody the mysterious intelligence of their natural models and points to the idea that making is, in a sense, the invention of what might be called ‘cultural machinery.

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An Exhibition Featuring the Works of Photographer Elliott Erwitt Headlines Fenimore Art Museum’s Fall Lineup

Four new exhibitions this fall—with two opening September 17 and two others just days later. Free admission for ages 19 and under.

Awards Presented at Fenimore Art Museum’s 2022 Art by the Lake Event

Cooperstown, New York – The Fenimore Art Museum hosted its fifteenth annual Art by the Lake juried art invitational on Saturday, August 13. Eight awards were presented including the prestigious Fenimore Award which represents “best of show”–won by artist David (R.C.) Oster of Utica, New York.

Native American Music and Dance Performances at Fenimore Art Museum on August 20

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown invites you to its Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) interpretive area, Otsego: A Meeting Place, for a vibrant afternoon of Native American song and dance.

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