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Fenimore Art Museum

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Address: 5798 State Rte 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326-2500
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+1 607-547-1400
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

Located inside a neo-Georgian mansion with terraced gardens overlooking...

Located inside a neo-Georgian mansion with terraced gardens overlooking Otsego Lake, this museum features fine collections of American art, James Fenimore Cooper memorabilia and historic photographs. (Closed January 1 - March 31) New exhibitions open April 1.

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The attraction for us was the Dick Button exhibit since my wife loves figure skating. That exhibit was very good as it provided a history of figure skating. The highlight for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Simsbury, Connecticut
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The attraction for us was the Dick Button exhibit since my wife loves figure skating. That exhibit was very good as it provided a history of figure skating. The highlight for us, though, was the Thaw collection of American Indian Art. They have artifacts from all over North America broken down into 6 regions. This is probably one of the... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Drove up to the Museum with a friend who is selling their property and house in Cooperstown. We went all over Cooperstown and ended up at the Fenimore Museum which was a great treat As beautiful as it was described. This town and their Museums are gems. This is beautiful America of rolling hills and many historic Homes. Authentic. The... More 

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you thought the only thing that seemed Cooperstown was the Baseball Hall of Fame you'll probably be surprised to see Fenimore Art Museum as part of James Fenimore Cooper Heritage of the area. So many great exhibits such a wide array of things from art contemporary historic as well as the button Museum of skating as well as storco... More 

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Fulton, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fenimore was the better half of the twofer ticket for the Fenimore and Farm museums that we visited in one day. The building and grounds are spectacular. The exhibits are distributed over 3 floors. On our visit there was a Maurice Sendak exhibit (Where the Wild Things Are), Dick Button's ice skating collection, a Native American exhibit of artifacts,... More 

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Oberlin, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice art museum, but take the bus from downtown cooperstown. We enjoyed the ansel adams, the native american, the alexander hamilton, and the fenmore cooper exhibits.especially.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed a very pleasant visit to the museum. The museum is beautiful and sets right off the lake with astounding views. The exhibits were all very interesting and the atmosphere was quiet and friendly. The girl at the front desk was helpful and accommodating. She explained a little bit about the exhibitions, the locations and other... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful and informative museum! A room about J. Fenimore Cooper items, local sights mentioned in his books, and quotes; temporary exhibits on Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak & on figure skating in the arts; an exhibit on the Adam Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton duel; Native American, American folk art, and New York scenes -- each... More 

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Torrington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

We visited the Fenimore in April of 2016. A lovely art museum in a special setting. The highlight for me was the exhibit of early Ansel Adams photographs.

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

An unbelieveable selection of art and artifacts. This is a great place for adults as well as kids. Nice sandwich shop too. The views of the lake from the patio tables are worth the visit

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Reviewed 16 November 2016

This was a surprisingly nice museum in town that I did not expect. They had a nice variety of exhibits and the building is absolutely beautiful. It is right on the lake, so a stroll around back is a must.


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