Fenimore Art Museum

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Fenimore Art Museum
Description:The Fenimore Art Museum is dedicated to integrating history with art history and including under-appreciated genres, primarily American folk art and American Indian art, in a broad and progressive American canon. The Fenimore Art Museum seeks to honor the extraordinary ability of ordinary people to shape American culture.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:5798 State Highway 80
Address 2:
City:Cooperstown
State/Province:NY
Zip Code:13326
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:January - March
Closed for winter except for special programs, events and educational groups with reservations.

April 1 - May 12
Open Tuesday Sunday 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays

May 13 - October 13, Columbus Day
Open Daily 10 a.m. 5 p.m.

October 14 - December 31
Open Tuesday Sunday 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Admission:Adult (13-64) $11.00, Seniors $9.50, Age 7-12 $5, college student $5, under 7 and military free
Telephone:(888) 547-1450
Website:http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/
R E V I E W S
Gaynor, Co-op Member
A small "vanity" collection. My children found the art work interesting and there was a large display of American Indian art when we were there last. I enjoyed the fibre art section.

They offer art classes for younger children (we missed the class that day but the art supplies were left available to anyone who arrived too late to participate). My children spent half an hour creating their own works of art.

The cnter is not large so don't expect to spend an entire day here. Admission can include a visit to the Farmers Museum (across the street) which is well worth a visit. There is also the Baseball Hall of Fame (on Main Street) and several mini-golf venues in the area.

The gift shops are a little overpriced (as they usually are at museums) but you will be able to find something in the $10 - $20 as a reminder of your time in Cooperstown, NY.

When visiting Cooperstown you will find many Baseball related stores (obviously) but there are quite a few crafters in the area and a thriving Farmers Market located on a back street behind the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Food is not cheap in Cooperstown and is mainly burgers and fries, hot dogs, ice-cream etc. There is a McDonald's just outside the village but if you want something healthier take your own food or purchase something from one of the two supermarkets in the area. There is also a good Chinese restuarant in the same plaza as McDonalds.

If you are planning a weekend (or longer) trip you will find a variety of accommodations available, there are many hotels/motels (some big chains, B and B's and private homes for rent. Beware: you need to book well in advance if you plan to visit from the thrird week of June until the end of the season. Cheaper accommodation can be found in the small villages around Cooperstown but expect to pay from $120 a night (in a hotel) to $1000 a week for a whole house rental (outside Cooperstown) prices are much higher within the village and near the Cooperstown Dreams Park. Most places are booked over a year in advance.
Nancy R, Co-op Member
We visited the Fenimore art museum as part of the Farmer's Museum Homeschool Day. An educator was positioned in the folk art wing and downstairs in the Thaw Collection Of American Indian Art. The native American artifacts were spectacular (in my opinion as nice a collection as the American Indian Museum in DC). I would recommend the art museum for kids age 8 and up if you are combining it with the Farmer's Museum across the street, teenagers who are interested in art history, and anyone studying native American history. Also, I wish I had previewed the folk art items on their website before we went to better appreciate those works.
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