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Explore Incredible Art and Sports Museums in Cooperstown

In the late 1700s, when a revolution launched the great American experiment, Cooperstown and Otsego County marked the western frontier of a young nation. Today, our museums share that unique historical perspective—and preserve art produced by cultures that shaped this region.

Two prominent Cooperstown museums sit above Ostego Lake's western shore, on land once owned by novelist James Fenimore Cooper. For 70 years, the Fenimore Art Museum has collected boundary-breaking American and Native American artwork. Permanent exhibits include landscape paintings from the Hudson River School era, plus Native American artifacts such as embroidered buffalo hide clothing, woven baskets, and objects carved from wood, bone, and horn. Nearby, The Farmers' Museum honors Otsego County's rural heritage as one of the oldest living history museums. This unique family attraction takes visitors back in time and allows them to participate in craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. Visit a working farm to see how hops were harvested and sheep were sheared in the 19th century, then stroll a historic village to witness daily chores and social life from the time period.

More of Cooperstown and Otsego County's history finds expression in the home of a Revolutionary War soldier, a former schoolhouse, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. Whether you prefer art, sports, or simply learning about days gone by, there are plenty of historical exhibits in Cooperstown and Otsego County to discover.

Look below for a museum that offers you a deeper connection to the American past and present.

Learning Made Fun Again

Cooperstown museums ignite curiosity and engage the imagination. Explore art galleries and join a painting workshop. See preserved spinning wheels, then touch modern crafts at a fiber arts festival. Explore baseball’s history and meet real life Hall of Famers. At these vibrant cultural institutions, Otsego County’s rich history comes alive.

Cherry Valley Museum
Exhibits at the 1815 Federal House range from 1778 Cherry Valley massacre to the late 20th century. Collections include 1830s memorabilia, antique fire engines and a diorama of the infamous Cherry...
Location: Cherry Valley
Foreman Gallery
Anderson Center for the Arts has one major exhibition space, the Foreman Gallery. It is a large, interesting and well maintained space. During the academic year it is devoted solely to the...
Location: Oneonta
Greater Oneonta Historical Society
The Greater Oneonta Historical Society, founded in 1939 as the Upper Susquehanna Historical Society, is a non-profit membership organization with a 17-member Board. As one of the largest local...
Location: Oneonta
Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum
The Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum features over 30 wax figures in historic settings, a virtual reality batting cage and a 'Baseball Bloopers Theatre' - something for the entire family!
Location: Cooperstown
Old Middlefield Schoolhouse Museum
From its beginnings as an informal historical society in 1959, the Middlefield Historical Association has developed a local history museum and community center, a program series ranging from craft...
Location: Cooperstown
Richfield Springs Historic Association and Museum
Located in the historic Gladstone on US Route 20, the Richfield Springs Historic Association and Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts, photos, and writings depicting more than 150...
Location: Richfield Springs
Swart-Wilcox House Museum
Season: Open May 15 to Nov 15 by appointment only (607-267-9445 or 607-287-7011) and July - August: Open every Sunday from 1pm-3pm This 1807 German Palatine Vernacular house museum is Oneonta's...
Location: Oneonta

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