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Explore Incredible Art and Sports Museums in Cooperstown

In the late 1700s, when a revolution launched the great American experiment, Cooperstown and Otsego County marked the western frontier of a young nation. Today, our museums share that unique historical perspective—and preserve art produced by cultures that shaped this region.

Two prominent Cooperstown museums sit above Ostego Lake's western shore, on land once owned by novelist James Fenimore Cooper. For 70 years, the Fenimore Art Museum has collected boundary-breaking American and Native American artwork. Permanent exhibits include landscape paintings from the Hudson River School era, plus Native American artifacts such as embroidered buffalo hide clothing, woven baskets, and objects carved from wood, bone, and horn. Nearby, The Farmers' Museum honors Otsego County's rural heritage as one of the oldest living history museums. This unique family attraction takes visitors back in time and allows them to participate in craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. Visit a working farm to see how hops were harvested and sheep were sheared in the 19th century, then stroll a historic village to witness daily chores and social life from the time period.

More of Cooperstown and Otsego County's history finds expression in the home of a Revolutionary War soldier, a former schoolhouse, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. Whether you prefer art, sports, or simply learning about days gone by, there are plenty of historical exhibits in Cooperstown and Otsego County to discover.

Look below for a museum that offers you a deeper connection to the American past and present.

Learning Made Fun Again

Cooperstown museums ignite curiosity and engage the imagination. Explore art galleries and join a painting workshop. See preserved spinning wheels, then touch modern crafts at a fiber arts festival. Explore baseball’s history and meet real life Hall of Famers. At these vibrant cultural institutions, Otsego County’s rich history comes alive.

Exhibits at the 1815 Federal House range from 1778 Cherry Valley massacre to the late 20th century. Collections include 1830s memorabilia, antique fire engines and a diorama of the infamous Cherry...
Location: Cherry Valley
Founded in 1939, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, formerly the Upper Susquehanna Historical Society, strives to preserve the heritage of the Greater Oneonta area and to educate the population...
Location: Oneonta
Heroes of the Game Wax Museum Cooperstown
The Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum features over 30 wax figures in historic settings, a virtual reality batting cage and a "Baseball Bloopers Theatre" - something for the entire family!
Location: Cooperstown
Old Middlefield Schoolhouse Museum
From its beginnings as an informal historical society in 1959, the Middlefield Historical Association has developed a local history museum and community center, a program series ranging from craft...
Location: Cooperstown
Richfield Springs, NY
Located in the historic Gladstone on US Route 20, the Richfield Springs Historic Association and Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts, photos, and writings depicting more than 150...
Location: Richfield Springs
Oneonta's oldest structure was built in 1807 by Lawrence Swart, a Revolutionary War Veteran from Schoharie County. Recently renovated, the house was awarded an historic preservation award by the NYS...
Location: Oneonta
The Yager features permanent and changing exhibitions of fine art, archaeology and ethnography, with collections ranging from ancient artifacts of the Upper Susquehanna's first human inhabitants to...
Location: Oneonta