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Fenimore Art Museum

Address: Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone Number: 888-547-1450; 607-547-1400
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Ranked #4 of 27 things to do in Cooperstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: Located inside a neo-Georgian mansion with terraced gardens overlooking Otsego Lake, this museum...
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Type: Art museums, History museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Fly Creek, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a wonderful museum in a beautiful mansion. The art is tastefully displayed and carefully selected. I am a member of the museum. It is well worth the cost. The Native American exhibit is truly amazing. What a great way to spend an afternoon.

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Saratoga
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

What a beautiful facility. We went for the last day of the Dorothea Lange’s America exhibition which brings history to life. A great place to visit even in the winter. Do not miss the cafe for lunch the food is spectacular. The bookstore provides history books not found elsewhere. Staff helpful and friendly. Cannot think of a single negative.

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Huntington, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This museum was a very surprising find for us. It has some very interesting art and historic American heritage items. It is a beautiful home in and of itself. It is by the lake so it is in a great setting. I highly recommend a visit.

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Holland Patent, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I like to visit the Fenimore Art Museum often as each year there are interesting visiting exhibits, displayed beautifully in a beautiful setting. This year there was a Winslow Homer exhibit, another exhibit of Dorothea Lange photographs, Tantillo's paintings of scenes in New York history, an Adirondack artist, costumes from Madame Butterfly and Japanese tiles. There are also wonderful permanent... More 

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Burlington Flats, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This museum is exceptional, not only for the location on the edges of glimmerglass, but the quality of the exhibits and extensive native american components. Grandma Moses, and more modern exhibits as well as folk art make this a must see. Combining with the farmers museum and baseball hall of fame makes this a trifecta of great attractions in close... More 

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Albany, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We went to see the Dorothea Lange exhibit only and wound up seeing everything! A lovely museum. Wonderful staff, great layout. A re-enactor of Dorothea Lange did a walking tour of her exhibit, it was amazing. She did a great job. This whole museum is a class act - highly recommend visiting!

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We went to the Fenimore Museum to see the Dorthea Lange exhibit. But there was much more! The Lange exhibit included other photographers from the Farm Security Administration from during the Great Depression. The descriptions and explanations accompanying the photo graphs and ll of the exhibits were very good. The spacing of the photos and other exhibits was adequate such... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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188 reviews 188 reviews
72 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

What you expect is a great view of Otsego Lake, a lovely terrace eatery, and some information on the Cooper and Fenimore families. What you don't expect are outstanding visiting exhibits (Dorothea Lange and other Depression era photographers in November 2014), fine rotating exhibits ("Memory Paintings"), a Grandma Moses original, and one of the finest collections of Native American/First Nations... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The building is very well laid out. It is spacious and not overwhelming. I am not an American and was able to breeze through the exhibits that represented more of their history. I did enjoy the art.

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Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

First time here and was really taken by the wonderful Americana and Indian Art. Especially enjoyed Dorothea Lange's America. Beautiful photographs, The Folk Art exhibit was very good. Loved the room dedicated to the James Fenimore Cooper and family with letters, artifacts and paintings.

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