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Fenimore Art Museum

The Fenimore Art Museum is situated on the pristine shores of legendary Otsego Lake, on property once owned by famous American novelist James Fenimore Cooper. Its beautiful surroundings are as much a draw as the art within.  The museum houses one of the country's most comprehensive and exceptional collections of American folk, fine and the renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, representing North America's diverse and rich cultural heritage. The museum is also home to a wide collection of twentieth-century art, nineteenth-century photography, and decorative arts. In addition, a collection of many objects that once belonged to author James Fenimore Cooper and his family is on view.

Visitors to Fenimore will again have the opportunity to see an expanded exhibition featuring the original handwritten letters that fueled the ongoing war of words between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. These correspondences, popularized by the well-known Broadway musical Hamilton, led to the now infamous duel in 1804.  

Fenimore offers a wide-ranging selection of exhibitions each new season!  See Exhibitions here!

While you’re at the museum, visit our Fenimore Cafe for a light lunch or tempting libation.  Savor a glass of wine or craft beer on the expansive garden terrace overlooking Otsego Lake.  

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COVID19 Update

Please check for details on the business’ website for the most up-to-date information on possible limited hours, max capacities, whether reservations are necessary or not, etc.  NY Tough and united with ALL, Cooperstown is keeping everyone’s health & safety front and centerClick HERE for more specific guidelines for traveling within New York State, including a Travel Advisory issued June 25th requiring a 14-day quarantine for inbound travelers from certain states. 

General Information

Season / Hours of Operation

Seasonal Hours Vary: April - December. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. January - April 1st, open for special programs and events only. Visit site for cafe hours.


  • Museum,
  • Tour Available Self-Guided,
  • Classes, Lessons or Workshops,
  • Group Friendly,
  • Motorcoach Friendly,
  • Folk Art,
  • Wedding Ceremony and/or Reception Friendly,
  • Handicap-Accessible


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