Walk off your holiday meal with a stroll through the idyllic historic village at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown as the museum opens its doors on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving Day.
(November 23 and 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) for Thanksgiving at The Farm. The museum is the perfect setting to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend. Watch our talented interpreters bake pumpkin and mincemeat pies at the Lippitt Farmhouse, see the blacksmiths forging cooking utensils throughout the day in the blacksmith shop, and enjoy mint candies made in the pharmacy. Find free coffee, hot cocoa, and wassail in Bump Tavern. If you still have an appetite, enjoy a snack at the museum's Crossroads Café. Admission is by donation. All dollar amounts are welcome.
Bring the entire family! Kids can catch a glimpse of the heritage-breed turkeys, visit the farm animals, ride the decorated Empire State Carousel, or just enjoy a relaxing walk around the museum's historic village.
Find beautiful holiday items and greeting cards at The Farmers' Museum Store as well as interesting items based on the history and culture of New York and rural America. At Todd's General Store, during Thanksgiving at The Farm, find items from our region's past that you can't find anywhere else. The main museum store is open for holiday shopping Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays and Thanksgiving Day) from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. through Christmas Eve.
Double your fun with a visit to Fenimore Art Museum – just across the road – with several exhibitions on view including Winter Warmth: Coverlets, Quilts, and Clothing and Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist's Journey Through Amnesia, both on view through December 30.
Admission is by donation. All dollar amounts welcome.
(Visitors may donate whatever dollar amount they wish to enter the museum during Thanksgiving at The Farm.)
About The Farmers' Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. FarmersMuseum.org