Cooperstown, NY
Farmers Museum Cooperstown, New York

The Farmers' Museum


5775 State Route 80, Cooperstown, New York, 13326
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The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown

Central New York is a cultural treasure filled with attractions that highlight regional art and heritage. The Farmers' Museum recreates life from the 19th century with interactive exhibits and farming demonstrations that allow you to "step back in time" as you explore the barn, historic village, and take a ride on the antique carousel.

 

See Two Great Exhibits in our Main Barn

April 1 - October 29, 2017

This year, the museum is proud to present Grow: An Exhibit to Get You Gardening and A Life on the Land: Photographs from the Plowline Collection. Beyond the ticket kiosk, visit the Cardiff Giant, America's greatest hoax. The Louis C. Jones Center provides a large space for small concerts, meetings, and parties. For those interested in antique tools and farm equipment, the second-floor exhibits offer a wide variety of unique, 19th-century craft and farm tools. 
 
Grow: An Exhibit to Get You Gardening
Gardening is healthy, easy to do, and offers great nutritional, physical, and mental benefits. Whether in your backyard, in containers on your deck, or in a community garden, you can learn how to cultivate fresh vegetables. Are you thinking about planting a backyard garden? Large landowner or apartment dweller, GROW: An Exhibition to Get You Gardening is framed with ideas and advice on how you can start growing!

Sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Bank of Cooperstown.
 
A Life on the Land: Photographs from the Plowline Collection 
A Life on the Land celebrates the many people that contributed to the steadfast progress of New York State's agrarian past and present with photographs drawn from the Plowline Collection. The images provide an intimate glimpse into our farming heritage and are a snapshot into the daily lives of farmers, their work on the land, and family life.

The Plowline Collection at The Farmers' Museum is made possible by generous support from Nellie and Robert Gipson.
 

 

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Hours:


April 1 - May 9
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Mondays
Limited buildings open.

May 10 - October 9 (Columbus Day)
Open Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October 11 - October 29
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Limited buildings open.
 

Prices:

  • Adults and Juniors (13-64): $12.00; Seniors (65+): $10.50; Juniors (7 - 12): $6.00; Children (6 and under): FREE
  • Triple Play Tickets featuring admission to The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Fenimore Art Museum and Th 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
 

Events

  • Harvest Festival
  • Candlelight Evening
  • Sugaring Off Sundays 
  • Workshops & Lectures
  • Kid's Programs
 
 

Activities

  • Living History
  • Farm Demonstrations
  • Cultural Artifacts
 

Collections

The Farmers' Museum holds over 23,000 agricultural tools and artifacts, historic structures, and even a carousel that celebrates the history of New York. Through demonstrations, interactive programs, workshops and interpretive exhibits, the Farmers' Museum preserves the agricultural history of Upstate New York.

Historic Structures

The 22 buildings that make up the 19th century historic village have histories of their own dating back to the late 1700's. Relocated from rural communities around New York State and carefully restored to bring you a real life experience of rural life in the 19th Century. At the Farmers' Museum you will be transported back in time as you walk through the village from the Farm House, Doctor's Office, Blacksmith Shop to Todd's General store and many more.

FAQs

  • What is the history of the Farmers' Museum?

    The renowned author James Fenimore Cooper, known for his classic books including Last of the Mohicans, owned the current site of this agricultural attraction that has been a working farm since the 1790s. The property changed hands over the years until Edward Severin Clark built a brand new barn, cottage, and facilities in 1918. The museum officially opened in 1944 as a true living history museum focusing on pre-industrial life in rural America using demonstrations and entertaining yet educational interpretive exhibits.
  • What types of events are taking place this season?

    This season we will be offering many workshops, festivals and educational experiences. From our "Step Back In Time" weekend series, livestock Show or the Heritage Plant Sale to our 18th Annual Benefit Horse Show & Luncheon. These are just a few of the events we have planned to excite and entertain Individuals, couples and families alike.

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