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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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Westchester County, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A very walkable museum that encompasses Americana ( enjoyed an up close and personal Grandma Moses.) Folk art, Native American Art and outsider art are just some of the exhibits. Don't bother with the Cafe. Prepackaged food and no ambience.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

During a trip to Cooperstown to attend a performance at the Glimmerglass Festival, we were delighted to discover this small treasure. We were especially enthralled by the American Indian Wing that had us riveted far longer than we'd normally be in any museum exhibit, hundreds of fascinating artifacts from tribes all over North America. The museum also has exhibits that... More

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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

An extraordinary cultural experience seeing Winslow Homer exhibit and a tour led by a docent, Judith. Our Docent made the artist come alive. The Fenimore Art Museum is a treasure in the land of baseball. Be certain to go when you are in the area. Staff is particularly professional and friendly; cafe excellent...and the view outside glorious.

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DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is an absolute gem of a regional art museum, a beautiful grand neo-classical building set way back from the highway, featuring a read terrace overlooking the lake and surrounded by formal lawns and decorative gardens. The American oils and folk art exhibits were augmented on this trip by Winslow Homer watercolors on loan from the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Spent an afternoon at the museum and was taken in by the property. The great room is amazing and what a great staircase. The exhibits were beautiful. The snack bar was good. The only negative was that the presentation started late and was outside in the hot sun. Had to leave due to the sun. I would recommend the museum.

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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was a wonderful surprise, just up the road from Cooperstown. It is "just the right size," not too large and not too small. When we were there, it had a wonderful exhibit of Winslow Homer paintings and it's reputation is that it always has interesting exhibits that most visitors will like. There is a nice little cafe and, behind... More

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Sherrill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

For several summers now we've visited the Fenimore Art Museum. Every year a different famous artist's or group of artists' work is featured. This summer it was Winslow Homer, which was wonderful to behold. But then in the other rooms there are lesser know artists to discover. This summer we saw the work of a painter of Adirondack themes from... More

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