Preserving – Engaging – Educating
Fenimore Art Museum is dedicated to welcoming and connecting people to our shared cultural heritage through exhibitions and programs that engage, delight and inspire.


Fenimore Art Museum originated as the New York State Historical Association, founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of the state. They hopes to encourage original research, to educate general audiences by means of lectures and publications, to mark places of historic interest with tablets or signs, and to start a library and museum to hold manuscripts, paintings and objects associated with the history of the state.

In 1939, Stephen Carlton Clark, offered the organization a new home int he village of Cooperstown. Clark, an avid collector, took an active interest in expanding the holdings of the Association and in 1944 donated Fenimore House, one of his family’s properties, to be used as a new headquarters and museum. The impressive neo-Georgian structure was built in 1930s on the site of James Fenimore Cooper’s early 19th century farmhouse on the shore of Otsego Lake, Coopers Glimmerglass.

Fenimore House was large enough to have both extensive exhibition galleries as well as an office and library space. The collections and programs continued to expand and a separate library building was constructed in 1968. In 1995 a new 18,000 square foot wing was added to the Fenimore House to accommodate the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection which is one of the nations premier collections of American Indian Art. In 1999 in recognition of our world class collections, we renamed the Fenimore House to Fenimore Art Museum.

Fenimore Art Museum is closely  affiliated with its sister organization, The Farmers’ Museum.


2016 was a great year at Fenimore Art Museum with record-breaking attendance, but you will not want to miss the exciting lineup of exhibits that 2017 has in store. The April 1, 2017 opening will kick-off a season filled with a wide-range of engaging exhibitions including works by Maurice Sendak, illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, Andrew and Victoria Wyeth in honor of Andrew Wyeth’s 100th birthday, a spectacular collection of ice skating art, costumes, and memorabilia from the personal collection of Olympic gold-medalist and ice skating commentator Dick Button, and many more. We also have a new installation featuring pieces from our Thaw Collection of American Indian Art which never disappoints. Anyone visiting the museum will find something fascinating. This summer, in The Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, the Fenimore’s Glimmer Globe Theater troupe will be producing William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The 2017 calendar is very strong and reflects a growing understanding of audience needs and wants, and our museum’s potential and capability. We are also proud to present our new logo and branding initiative which focuses on the “more” in Fenimore, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here — “more art, more culture, more discovery.”

We look forward to seeing you all in Cooperstown and hope you will enjoy all we have to offer.

For more detail on upcoming exhibitions, please visit our exhibition page.

For more information on upcoming programming, please visit our website calendar.

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Jeffrey H. Pressman, MD, Chairman
Thomas O. Putnam, Vice Chairman
Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Alexander Charlton, Secretary
Richard C. Vanison, Treasurer
Stephen M. Duff, Assistant Treasurer


Douglas E. Evelyn
Kathleen Flanagan
Nellie Gipson
Shelley Graham
Robert S. Hanft
Josef E. Jelinek
Doris Fischer Malesardi
Erna Morgan McReynolds
Anne G. Older
Jeffrey H. Pressman, MD
Thomas O. Putnam
Ellen Tillapaugh
Richard Vanison


Eugene V. Thaw


Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO
Joseph Siracusa, Vice President for Operations
Barbara Fischer, Senior Director for Human Resources
Todd A. Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications
Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions
Danielle Henrici, Director of Education
Erin Richardson, Director of Collections

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For the safety of our collections and our visitors, we ask that you please check the following items in the coin-operated lockers in the Visitors’ Room:

• Video recorders
• Briefcases
• Backpacks
• Shopping Bags
• Oversized Purses
• Umbrellas
• Baseball Bats and similar athletic equipment (seriously, this is Cooperstown!)

Non-flash photography is permitted only in select galleries; please check with the admissions desk, security, or refer to your visitors guide.  Videotaping is not permitted.

Service animals are welcome but need to wear their service identification jacket or vest.

Pets and non-service animals are not permitted in the museum or on museum grounds.

Smoking, food, and beverages are not permitted in the galleries.

Fenimore Art Museum and our affiliate, The Farmers’ Museum, offer a wide range of career opportunities for persons with a variety of experiences, skills and educational backgrounds. Working here is exciting, challenging and rewarding. 

To apply, send a completed Employment Application to Human Resources, PO Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326. (Note: Some job postings specify a different application process.)

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Wednesday 10 AM - 4 PM



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