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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
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Beautiful small museum

Beautiful items, beautifully displayed. Wonderful location on the lake. One of the best museums we have ever visited.I

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful items, beautifully displayed. Wonderful location on the lake. One of the best museums we have ever visited.I

Thank Eva M
Bernardsville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great art museum featuring folk art along with Native American artifacts. Very charming, and do not miss the view of Otsego lake!

Thank Jonathan C
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The collection of Native American artifacts and art work is tremendous. The pieces are from all over North America. The displays are quite pleasing to look at and non-flash photography is allowed. There are also period collections of art from the area to include works showing James Fenimore Cooper as well as a great collection of Whistler sketches. There is... More 

Thank WillMyWifeGetSick
Shaker Hts Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago 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.

Thank Margaret D
Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank MDtraveler98
New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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