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Arts and Culture Itinerary

Cooperstown's rich and storied cultural life goes back centuries. Whether you prefer folk art or opera, fine art or jazz, architecture or early American literature, this artistic and cultural hotspot is sure to delight your senses and expand your horizons.

Start your day by stepping into history at the Farmer's Museum. Learn about 19th century life in New York State as you visit a restored rural village, see a historical farm in operation at Lippitt Farmstead, and ride the Empire State Carousel. The museum regularly hosts special events and seasonal programs.

Get lost in the Fenimore Art Museum, where you can see everything from hand-carved figureheads to Hudson River School paintings to traditional Native American costumes. The museum boasts one of the nation's premier collections of American folk and fine art and Native American Art.

Are you an architecture fanatic? Head to Hyde Hall, one the United States' finest neoclassical mansions and a National Historic Landmark just 8 miles north of Cooperstown on the grounds of Glimmerglass State Park. Wander the mansion's nearly 50 rooms and explore the sprawling grounds, which include New York State's oldest covered bridge, the caretaker's cottage, and a family crypt.

If it's a warm summer night, stick around for the Glimmerglass Festival at Glimmerglass State Park for an amazing opera performance. You'll be on the edge of your seat as singers and musicians bring great stories to life all summer long.

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