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Fenimore Art Museum

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Address: 5798 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326-2500
Phone Number: +1 607-547-1400
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Located inside a neo-Georgian mansion with terraced gardens overlooking...

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. (Closed January 1 - March 31) New exhibitions open April 1.

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Interesting permanent collection and fascinating exhibitions

American History and literature are the start. Then they layer on interesting special exhibitions. We saw a Whistler exhibit and the Ansel Adams exhibit. The museum setting is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Margaret D
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Shaker Hts Ohio
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Shaker Hts Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

American History and literature are the start. Then they layer on interesting special exhibitions. We saw a Whistler exhibit and the Ansel Adams exhibit. The museum setting is beautiful too, sitting on the edge of the lake. A small snack bar provided soup and wraps, which we enjoyed on the patio.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Got there just in time to see the Ansel Adams exhibition of his early works...very well done with a well informed docent. Also saw a lot of early american artwork of all kinds. The original building and the 1930's addition are weaved together perfectly...it really is a beautiful sight especially when you go out on the back terrace and take... More 

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Somerville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Fenimore has a very pleasing eclectic collection. It is small enough do a half day visit if that is all you have time for. Yet it is big enough that one could easily have a longer visit. The staff are pleasant, helpful and professional.

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Poolesville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent small museum in Cooperstown. Saw the Ansel Adams exhibit and went on a very informative tour led by a knowledgeable docent. Beautiful gardens surrounding the muesum.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A true gem. The Ansel Adams exhibit was escellent. Staff & volunteers were very imformative & friendly. Lovely gift shop.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'd heard there was a nice museum in Cooperstown but was shocked by the Fenimore. I was there when they had 3 special exhibits: Ansel Adams (his early pieces), Whistler and also Toulouse Lautrec. In addition I had an opportunity to see their native art as well as their wonderful collection of folk art and an exhibit of Scott McKowen's... More 

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Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I dad not been to the museum in more than 20 years, but the Ansel Adams photos drew me on a recent trip to Cooperstown. The photos were fine, but I had forgotten about the other collections and items, which blew away the Adams show. The amazing collection of paintings is breathtaking, many included in the famous high school text,... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great afternoon here checking out the Ansel Adams and Toulouse Lautrec displays, as well as many others. The Native American artifacts were amazing! A wonderful museum very rich in history.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Husband and I saw about half the museum's offerings the day they went. Regular exhibits include examples of Native American Art and artifacts from around the country, with brief yet informative labels. The special exhibit on ritual items was also very good. Local art included a few Hudson River Valley items, many other historical paintings (one of New York Harbor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff at this museum were very friendly and accommodating to a wheelchair user - the security guard (Mr. S) went out of his way to help us access rooms that normally require steps. The collection is extensive, especially the Thaw Collection of Native American artifacts. This museum was a private home at one time and though there is an... More 

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