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Fenimore Art Museum

Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326
888-547-1450; 607-547-1400
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Cooperstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Located inside a neo-Georgian mansion with terraced gardens overlooking Otsego Lake, this museum features fine collections of American art, James... more » Owner description: Located inside a neo-Georgian mansion with terraced gardens overlooking Otsego Lake, this museum features fine collections of American art, James Fenimore Cooper memorabilia and historic photographs. « less
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Escondido, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We been to many art museums, but we really enjoyed the exhibits in this one. The room on James Fenimore Cooper was excellant.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

it's not an overwhelmingly large museum but what it does, it does very well. Their Native American exhibit is first rate - and there folk art has some real good stuff - don't miss the new installation of the shoe shine chair and box - it's wonderful. The art is accessible - and well presented but not overwhelming. The staff... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our last day here and raining. Lady at one of the shops on Main Street suggested we visit the museum. We decided to go there and glad we did. The Indian artifacts on display were magnificent A different type of museum as the emphasis was not just on paintings. View from the terrace looking to the lake was magnificent another... More

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Munich, Germany
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132 reviews 132 reviews
53 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Well, a different type of art museum..beautiful mansion. On a beautiful property. Awesome gallery of pictures. But even more interesting and a must the THAW collection of the NATIVE INDIANS clothing, head dresses and more. Outstanding! Oh...the little cafè in the museum offers little cute cakes. We had the keylime mini. Delicious! And very friendly too!

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Easton, Maryland
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26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It was definitely worth going through this museum for an afternoon. There were weaving and rope making demonstrations that day and unfortunately from the schedule it looked like we missed some other demonstrations that morning. you could spend 1 whole day there so plan accordingly. The docents are friendly and very knowledgeable and eager to answer questions.

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Sterling, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and had the museum almost to ourselves. Great variety and quality of exhibits, and a helpful and personable staff!

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Albany, New York
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The exhibits were terrific, especially the two features, Winslow Homer and The Native Americans. A room with artifacts relating to "Madame Butterfly" was interesting and it was nice that they included information connecting to The Glimmerglass Opera performances. Incredible views of the lake and nice to just sit and have a snack and relax in the beautiful setting.

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Westchester County, NY
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a great, small museum in Cooperstown, NY. It is just outside of the downtown area on Lake Otsego. The setting is beautiful as is the building, and the collection is great. We found this museum almost by accident while travelling in Central New York State over the Labor Day weekend. It is worth a visit!

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This museum is a gem. Of special interest is the Native American exhibit which has a fantastic selection of art and artifacts. There is also a small cafe where you can get a simple lunch to eat on the lovely patio overlooking the grounds. You can also get the shuttle to Cooperstown from this location.

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Chatham, NY
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Took my daughter and her family there two years ago ('date of visit' only goes back one year). My 12 yo granddaughter was the one who wanted to visit this museum. To my surprise, both she and her 4 yo brother enjoyed it tremendously! It's a lovely building, with sweeping staircase to the lower level. Wonderful fashion exhibit on the... More

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