The Fenimore Art Museum is situated on the pristine shores of legendary Otsego Lake, on property once owned by famous American novelist James Fenimore Cooper. Its beautiful surroundings are as much a draw as the art within. The museum houses one of the country's most comprehensive and exceptional collections of American folk, fine and the renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, representing North America's diverse and rich cultural heritage. The museum is also home to a wide collection of twentieth-century art, nineteenth-century photography, and decorative arts. In addition, a collection of many objects that once belonged to author James Fenimore Cooper and his family is on view.
Fenimore offers a wide-ranging selection of exhibitions each new season. This fall, discover The Art of Observation: The Best of Photographer Elliott Erwitt (September 17 – December 31, 2022), North by Nuuk: Greenland After Rockwell Kent—Photographs by Denis Defibaugh (on view through December 31, 2022), Tales from the Rockabout Hills: Paintings by D. Michael Price (September 17 – December 31, 2022), Mary Michael Shelley: Art of the Everyday (September 21 – December 31, 2022), and Jonathan Kirk - Abstract Sculpture: Fables, Foibles, and other Machinations (October 1 – December 31, 2022).
While you’re at the museum, visit the Fenimore Cafe for a light lunch or tempting libation. Savor a glass of wine or craft beer on the expansive garden terrace overlooking Otsego Lake.
We strongly advise that you check business websites or call ahead for the most up-to-date information on possible limited hours and whether reservations are necessary or not.
Open April–December. Spring: Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm (Closed Mondays). Summer: Open Daily, 10am–5pm. Fall/Winter: Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm (Closed Mondays) through 12/31. Closed Thanksgiving & 12/25.
Known as baseball’s birthplace, but home to so much more, Cooperstown is a place where legends roam hallowed halls, swing away on diamonds, and take to the stage under a canopy of stars. The historic village boasts a vibrant arts scene, excellent local food and beverage options, luxury accommodations, and, of course, more baseball than you can shake a bat at.