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Fenimore Art Museum

Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326
888-547-1450; 607-547-1400
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Ranked #5 of 15 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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Dover, New Hampshire
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302 reviews 302 reviews
118 attraction reviews
455 helpful votes 455 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Heading to the Finger Lakes, I stopped in Cooperstown to take in four of the 2014 exhibitions. Although not large, the Fenimore Art Museum is a world-class art museum known for its collections of American Folk Art, Native American Indian Art and artifacts, and Hudson River School Art. May 12 - October 13 Hours: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Admission... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed visiting the museum and we were very impressed by the Native American section downstairs. The special exhibit of Holmes art was wonderful, and the permanent collection is great as well.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most well-appointed small art museums I have visited. Built on the original site of James Fenimore Cooper's homestead here, it is now the re-purposed Federal Style home of a descendant of the Singer family. The current exhibitions that inspired me most were Winslow Homer and L.F. Tantillo (A Moment Past: Painting New York History (who... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What a find! Everyone comes to Cooperstown for the baseball, but this too should be a must see destination. We were fortunate enough to see a special exhibition of Winslow Homer's work. What a true master, his work inspires such emotion and contemplation. The American Folk Art, Fine Art and Indian collections are very impressive. We were also able to... More

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River Edge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were lucky enough to be there during a featured exhibit of Winslow Homer works. Even if the additional exhibtion wasn't there, the Indian artifacts and Tait works and other areas of this museum made it well worth the visit.

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aquebogue
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Never expected to find a world class art museum in old upstate New York? Dazzling array of historic artists and they also have rotating guest artists throughout the year.

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State College, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were lured to the museum by the Winslow Homer exhibit going on during our visit. We were lucky to be there at the right time for a guided tour of the Homer work, which was nice, although the docent didn't share much more than what was written alongside the paintings. We spent most of our time in the Native... More

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a world class Museum in a quiet, picturesque lake town of 2,200 people...REALLLYYYY!!!??!?? I'll never forget being told a John Singer Sargent show was coming to "Coop". I let out a squeal that would have made "Madame X" blush. Imagine rubbing up against a room full of JSS's portraits! And I mean,..RUBBING UP AGAINST, the gallery is an... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Wide variety of exhibit themes from varying cultures and time periods. I do not consider myself to be much of an art buff, but the historical/background information that was included with the exhibits kept my interest peaked. I enjoyed visiting this museum more than I expected to.

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Cooperstown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Very nice Museum. Visited during a school trip. Kind and informative staff. Worth the visit if you enjoy looking at beautiful art.

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