Fenimore Art Museum



Attraction Description

The Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake -- James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass Lake” -- in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including: folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; an extensive collection of domestic artifacts; more than 125,000 historical photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 800 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Founded in 1945, the Fenimore Art Museum is NYSHA’s showcase museum.

To Make You Smile

• The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
• American folk art collection
• American fine art collection
• Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater
• Fenimore Cafe with dining area situated on the museum's terrace, with a panoramic view of Otsego Lake
• The Fenimore Museum Shop
• Otsego: A Meeting Place sites (19th century Seneca Log House and reproduction 17th century Mohawk Bark House)
• Food for Thought lunchtime tours


May/Iroquois Cultural Festival/Expect to taste traditional Iroquois foods, watch lacrosse demonstrations, discover how a canoe is built, see artisans at work, buy unique Native American jewelry and crafts, and visit the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art!

August/Art by the Lake/Celebrate art and our breathtaking landscape at the Fenimore Art Museum’s annual Art by the Lake, with artist demonstrations, exhibits of works by contemporary artists, activities for kids, live music, and great food and beverages all in a lavish setting overlooking Otsego Lake.

October/Americana Symposium/Leading authorities in the folk art field will present talks on the themes and ideas explored in the exhibition "A Perfect Likeness": Folk Portraits and Early Photography, part of the Jane Katcher Americana Series.