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Fenimore Art Museum

One of the nation's premier art institutions, the Fenimore is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art, as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and 20th century art. Formal gardens overlook Otsego Lake and visitors can get a glimpse of American Indian lives circa the 1750s at the Bark House on the shores of the lake.

2016 Exhibitions

Limited Engagements

Season Long (April 1 - December 31) 

Permanent Exhibitions

Thousands of art pieces from the Museum's collection are on frequent rotation between the many galleries of the museum and the Study Center, an open storage space to allow guests a behind-the-scenes glance at the research and preservation efforts of NYSHA. 

The Coopers of Cooperstown

Ten generations of Coopers have been tied to the Otsego Lake region.  This includes James Fenimore Cooper, considered to be America's first novelist, who actually settled at the site of Fenimore Art Museum as a gentleman farmer. This exhibition includes gorgeous landscapes around Lake Otsego that inspired Cooper's The Leatherstocking Tales and many other of his pieces.

Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

This growing collection was graciously gifted by Eugene and Clare Thaw and other donors.  The collection is representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures including:

  • Northwest Coast
  • Woodlands
  • Plains
  • Southwest
  • Arctic
  • California
  • Great Basin regions

These spectacular pieces are on constant rotation in the changing galleries and in the Study Center, providing a unique visit and new experience each time you visit the museum!

American Memory: Recalling the Past in Folk Art

Folk artists are truly fascinating - using their cultural ideals, experiences and community heritage to craft beautiful statements of life, belief and memory. Take your time in this mesmerizing exhibit, located in the Main Gallery. 

Fine Art from the Permanent Collection

Paintings in the Museume's permanent collection include Hudson River School artists such as Thomas Cole, genre painters such as William Sidney Mount, and folk artists such as Edward Hicks and Ralph Fasanella.  Selections can be viewed throughout the museum, including The Main Gallery, The James Fenimore Cooper Room, and the American Genre Painting Gallery. 

  • Seasonal: Apr-May, Oct-Dec, Tue-Sun 10am-4pm; Jun-Sep, daily 10am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Glimmerglass Film Days Friday Forum: Saving Mes Aynak
November 11, 2016

One of the world's most fragile and troubled archeological sites south of Kabul in Afghanistan's Taliban-threatened Logar Province, Mes Aynak (literal translation "copper source") holds a striking complex of ancient Buddhist monasteries,...

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Glimmerglass Film Days - Heart of a Dog
November 11, 2016

Besides her art and music-making, one of Laurie Anderson's gifts to the world is her storytelling. In Heart of Dog, she tells stories about her dog Lollabelle—and in the process opens up magical ways of thinking about life, death, danger, friendship,...

Time: 8:30pm to 10:00pm
Glimmerglass Film Days - The Messenger
November 12, 2016

Q&A with Director Su Rynard and ornithologist Bill Evans

Songbirds were once thought to be spiritual messengers—singing sentinels who kept watch, and possessed the power to predict what lay ahead. Now, it looks as though there may have been...

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Glimmerglass Film Days - The Birth of Saké
November 12, 2016

Q&A with director Erik Shirai plus complimentary saké toast from Yoshida Brewery with purchase of ticket

An engrossing sensory experience, The Birth of Saké focuses on a group of traditional makers of the ancient Japanese wine—...

Time: 3:15pm to 5:30pm
Glimmerglass Film Days - The Anthropoligist
November 12, 2016

The Anthropologist, presented by filmmakers, Seth Kramer and Daniel A. Miller Q&A follows the screening
Close encounters with climate change as experienced in local cultures around the globe, was a topic that intrigued the makers of The...

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00pm


Fenimore Art Museum
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5798 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326

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