Perched along Otsego Lake, Fenimore Museum houses a premier collection of American folk art, Hudson River School paintings, and one of the nation's best selections of Native American art. The museum's permanent collection features an artistic history of ordinary & extraordinary events that shaped communities. The artist's work serves as a permanent record of cultural ideals, heritage and documents the lives of the artist. The vast and growing collection of American Indian art highlights the artistry and beauty of these pieces. The Fenimore Art Museum also hosts many world class traveling exhibitions.
April 1 - May 9: Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m; Closed Mondays
May 10 - October 10 (Columbus Day): Open Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 11 - December 31: Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m; Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas
Adults and Juniors (13-64) $12.00; Seniors (65+) $10.50; Children (12 and under) FREE
Triple Play Tickets featuring admission to The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum: $40 Adult / $15.50 Juniors
Double Play Tickets featuring admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Fenimore Art Museum: $31.00 / $12.00 Juniors
Double Play Tickets featuring admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and The Farmers' Museum: $31.00 / $15.50 Juniors
Admission is always FREE to NYSHA members, active military, and reitred career military personnel.
2014 promises to be an exceptional year at Fenimore Art Museum with several fascinating exhibitions, including The Adirondack World of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait; Madame Butterfly’s World: Woodblock Prints of a Changing Japan; Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life; and Dorothea Lange’s America. April-December. Check the website for more details.
The world class collections housed at the Fenimore Art museum present the history of American culture through art. Featured are selections of the art and history collections of the New York State Historical Association, The Smith and Telfer Photographic Collection, the Eugene and Clare Thaw collection of American Indian art and Stephen C. Clark who was one of the museum’s greatest patrons.
What is the history of the Fenimore Museum?
The museum opened its doors in 1944, but you can trace its beginnings to Ticonderoga, New York in 1926, where the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) was founded. In 1939, Stephen Carlton Clark made it his mission to move the organization and its collections to Cooperstown. To accomplish this, he donated his estate on the shore of beautiful Otsego Lake (Fenimore House) and it soon became NYSHA's permanent home. The Neo-Georgian structure saw major structural enhancements in 1968 and 1995 to create the modern yet classic museum that exists today.
Can you rent the Fenimore Art Museum for special events?
The beauty of the mansion and our prime location on the western shore of Otsego Lake make this the perfect place to host your special event. From small conferences, meetings and lectures to cocktail receptions and an elegant wedding our multiple locations throughout the property will accommodate any event.