From lunchtime tours to evening book signings, lectures at the Fenimore Art Museum cover a broad range of topics in art, history and culture and introduce visitors to many interesting, knowledgeable speakers from around the world.

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Community Exhibitions

The goal of the new Community Exhibitions program at Fenimore Art Museum is beautiful in its simplicity: to celebrate the people in our region of Central New York through art.

These exhibits change frequently, offering numerous and ongoing opportunities for local artists and organizations to be featured in a nationally recognized museum.

We welcome your ideas! Please email your one-page project proposal to Kevin Gray, arts in education coordinator, at k.gray@fenimoreart.org, or Danielle Henrici, director of education, at d.henrici@fenimoreart.org, and join in the fun!

See a list of 2018 Community Exhibitions here. 


Docent Tours 

See a list of 2018 Docent Tours here.

Docent tours are included with museum admission.

Character Tours

See a list of 2018 Docent Tours here.

Group Tours

Click here for group tour info.


Special events are offered at Fenimore Art Museum throughout the year.  Occasionally, reservations are required or special admission pricing applies.



Trips to the Museums in May and June have been a tradition for students for many years. During the Museum Quest time, classes can explore The Farmers’ Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, and our Native American Sites at their own pace.

Museum Quest features a series of staffed drop-in learning stations at both museums to help students explore our collections through standards-based activities in math, science, social studies, and language arts. All of the learning stations are connected to New York State Learning Standards, including the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts.

Offered: May and June
Cost: $6 per student and $14.50 per adult/chaperone (includes admission to The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum)
New York State Standards: SS, Arts, ELA Common Core, MST

View our Museum Quest Map and Chaperone Guide to learn more about the program.

Booking in advance is required. Please email school programs or call (607) 547-1461. You can also start the booking process online with our School Programs Request Form.

Cooperstown Classroom Experience
The beautiful village of Cooperstown is an ideal place to spend a longer day with your students! Along with a visit to both The Farmers’ Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is here for you to explore. Please contact them directly for pricing at (607)-547-0313.


The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum have teamed up to welcome and encourage homeschool students to visit and learn from our exhibits, programs, and historic village. We offer a Home School Day at the end of the spring/summer program.

The 2018 Home School Day program will be Friday, June 22. If you are interested, call 607-547-1461 or email b.luhmann@farmersmuseum.org and be added to our Home School Mailing List.


Distance Learning allows you to bring the resources of the Fenimore Art Museum to your students without ever leaving the classroom.

These real-time sessions between schools and museum educators use objects, images, engaging activities and hands-on projects to create a “virtual trip” to our museums. Our programs will enhance and enrich your student’s curriculum while complying with both national and New York State curriculum standards in art, social studies, science, and mathematics.

Learn more about the Distance Learning programs.

Contact us today to find out about our free 20-minute preview sessions for teachers. Please call 1-888-547-1450 (ext. 414) to book a distance learning program or for more information, or email us at schoolprograms@fenimoreart.org.


Enliven your students’ museum experience by participating in our hands-on workshops. Each program satisfies specific New York State learning standards and provides the opportunity to focus on specific aspects of our collections. Workshops include an on-site tour of the Art Museum. Please see our school program brochure for specific programs. 

Offered: April, May, September, October, November, December
Cost: $6 per student and $9.00 per adult/chaperone

Booking in advance is required. Please email school programs or call (607) 547-1461. You can also start the booking process online with our School Programs Request Form.

Make sure to also check out The Farmers’ Museum Workshops.


The Fenimore Art Museum provides guided tours that make learning about art and history exciting. Our permanent collections include a wide variety of American art, including folk art, Hudson River School landscapes, and one of the most impressive American Indian art collections in the country. Each tour satisfies specific New York State learning standards and includes applied opportunities to interact with objects and artifacts in our collections.

For information on planning your visit, arrival, and logistics for tours, please read Tours at Fenimore Art Museum: School Field Trip Information for Teachers.

Offered: April, September, October, November, December
Cost: $4 per student and $9.00 per adult/chaperone


Guided Thematic Tours:

Six Nations Iroquois Life Tour
Grades: 4–12 | Duration: 2 hours

Explore the past and present of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) through visits to our Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, Mohawk Bark House, and Seneca Log House. Students will have an immersive experience that brings the study of the Six Nations to life.


Thinking Through Art
Student inquiry and curiosity are the focus of this gallery-based tour. A museum guide helps students read artwork as a primary source document and encourages them to draw their own conclusions about art and history. This tour includes activities in three rotating galleries, highlighting special exhibitions based on teacher requests.


Custom Special Exhibition Tours (Pre-K–12th)

Fenimore Art Museum will have several exciting exhibitions.  Tours are just $4.00 per student/$9.00 per adult and can be tailored to fit in seamlessly with your curriculum and meet your specific classroom needs. Additional hands-on workshops can be added to most programs; the cost of a tour and a workshop is $6.00 per student/ $9.00 per adult. These programs meet SS 1; Arts 3,4; ELA Common Core SL.1, L.4. We also offer custom tours or workshops based on your curriculum needs. Call our Education Department to discover what is coming for 2018.


Self-Guided Tours:

Self-guided tours are offered only July/August, booking in advance is required. Please email school programs or call (607) 547-1461. You can also start the booking process online with our School Programs Request Form.


Combination Tours:
Combination tours with The Farmers’ Museum are also available and cost $6 per student. Take a look at the available Tours at the Farmers’ Museum.


For an overview of our tours and what you need to know to plan you trip and visit our Museum, we suggest starting with the Tours at Fenimore Art Museum: School Field Trip Information for Teachers document.


Do I have to let you know about my trip in advance?
Yes. All school groups visiting The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum must make reservations prior to visiting.

What time can we arrive for a school program?
The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum begin programming for students at 10:00 a.m. School programming is expected to finish by 4:00 p.m. each day.

The tour I want is too long for my students. Can it be shortened?
Please contact our Education Department if you are concerned about the length of a tour. It may be possible to lengthen or slightly shorten a tour under special circumstances. Tours are designed to offer students a unique experience, while fulfilling specific state learning standards. We hesitate to shorten a tour, as it would eliminate important content and components designed to enhance your students’ learning.

The workshop I want is too long for us. Can it be shortened?
Unfortunately, workshops cannot be shortened. Workshops are activity-based, and require a set amount of time to be accomplished.

Cancellations/Inclement Weather Policies

What happens if it is raining/snowing?
Except in cases of severe storms or flooding, school programming occurs even if it is raining or snowing. If the weather is so severe that your school or our museum is closed, you will not be billed and we will attempt to reschedule. Please make sure that your students dress appropriately for the weather on the day of their visit, including rain or snow gear if necessary.

How do I schedule a rain date?
We are not currently accepting requests for rain dates.

How do I cancel my trip?
You need to cancel your trip at least 48 hours in advance or your school will be billed for the cost of the program. Please do so by calling (607) 547-1461. If there is a last-minute emergency or cancellation, please call Barbara Luhmann, Education Coordinator of School Programs, at (607) 547-1461.

What happens in case of an emergency the morning of our visit, and we can’t attend?
Please call the Education Department as soon as you are aware. We can be reached at (607) 547-1461.


How many chaperones should I bring?
We offer complimentary admission to teachers and adult chaperones at a 1:10 adult-to-student ratio. That is, we ask for one adult for every ten students. If you would like to bring more than this, please let the Education Department know prior to your visit. Each additional chaperone (above the 1:10 ratio) will be asked to pay admission. Teachers are considered chaperones and are included in this 1:10 ratio.

Who is a chaperone?
We consider any adult visiting with the school group who is not a one-on-one aide to be a chaperone. This may include teachers, parents, school administrators, or other non-student adults.

What about one-on-one aides?
Any school staff that is necessary for the participation of a student is admitted to the museum without charge. This includes interpreters, one-on-one aides, and essential nurses. One-on-ones do not need to be counted in the 1:10 ratio.

Do chaperones need to stay with the group during the tour or workshop?
Yes. While your group will have a guide, the teachers and chaperones are ultimately responsible for the students, and must stay with them at all times.

Do bus drivers need to pay to enter the museums?
As a professional courtesy, bus drivers receive free admission to the museum that your group is visiting. They can inform admissions staff, who will count them as complimentary admission.

Some students have family memberships. Do they get in for free?
All visiting students are asked to pay admission. School trips are special programs for which we bring in extra staff and use special resources. These programs go above and beyond museum membership, and so we do ask for a nominal entry fee. If an additional parent chaperone is a member, they can get free admission by showing their membership card upon arrival.

How should we pay?
We ask that you pay as one group, including all students and chaperones. This means that you should collect payment from students and any parents and chaperones who are attending prior to arrival. Please submit payment in one form only if possible, i.e. all cash, one check, purchase order, or credit card. Any additional adult chaperone whose money is not collected ahead of time and submitted with the group payment will be asked to pay the full adult admission rate and will not receive the group discount.

Do you offer any travel or admission assistance?
School Scholarships are available on a limited basis during the year. If you require monetary assistance with travel or admission, please submit a grant application to the Education Department for review. Grant applications are available here.

On Our Trip

Do you have space for us to eat lunch?
We offer our grounds and picnic tables in nice weather and have the fully enclosed and modern Louis C. Jones Center for school lunches. This indoor space is at The Farmers’ Museum and must be reserved when booking your school trip. Please note that if you are only visiting the Fenimore Art Museum, you will need to walk to The Farmers’ Museum to get to this lunch space.

Can we purchase lunches from your museum?
We do have a box lunch program available, please contact Barbara Luhmann, Education Coordinator of School Programs, at (607) 547-1461 for additional information.

I am covering a specific topic in my class. Can you discuss this during our visit?
Contact the Education Department if you have any specific topics you would like covered and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Will we have time to stop at your gift shop?
Yes. The Farmers’ Museum offers Todd’s General Store, an 1845 shopping experience, as well as our Museum Shop. The Fenimore Art Museum also has a gift shop. Please notify the Education Department when scheduling your field trip to let them know if you are planning on visiting any of these shops. You may need to schedule extra time outside of your workshop or tour to visit our gift shops.

Will we be able to ride the Empire State Carousel?
Absolutely! All student admission includes one complimentary ride on the carousel. You’re welcome to ride more than once, but you will need to purchase tokens for these rides. If you would like to buy these as a group, please notify us during booking.

Are your museums handicap accessible?
Both The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum are handicap accessible, as well as our Empire State Carousel. All but a few of the historic buildings at The Farmers’ Museum are wheelchair accessible. For the best experience, leaders of groups with special needs should plan their visit with museum staff by calling (607) 547-1461.

What should we bring?
Please bring your lunches, and any other necessary items you will need during your trip. Please make sure that your students dress appropriately for the weather, including rain or snow gear if necessary. You don’t need to bring notebooks, unless you are doing a special in-class project that would require them.

What should we wear?
Be sure to check the weather report the day before visiting Cooperstown, and dress accordingly! We recommend raincoats, waterproof shoes, and umbrellas for the fall. Mittens/gloves, warm coats, hats, and boots are a must for the winter months.

Where will my bus be parked?
Your bus will need to park in the Yellow Trolley Lot, down the street from the museum. You will not have access to your bus during the day.


Do you offer any travel or admission assistance?
Grants are available on a limited basis during the year. If you require monetary assistance with travel or admission, please submit a school scholarship application to the Education Department for review. Scholarship applications are available here.

Where are your museums located? How far apart are they?
The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum are located on State Highway 80 (Lake Road) in Cooperstown, New York. They are approximately a 5- to 10-minute walk apart, just across route 80.

How long does it take to get to Cooperstown? Where is Cooperstown?
We suggest you consult an online map to determine the answers to these questions. Our physical address is 5775 State Highway 80 (Lake Road), Cooperstown, New York 13326. It is always wise to allow extra time for travel, especially by school bus.

What time period will my students learn about on their visit to The Farmers’ Museum?
While at The Farmers’ Museum, you will step back in time to an 1845 farm and village. Students can learn all about the effects that westward expansion and continued industrialization had on post-colonial New York State. While there are some parallels to colonial life, by 1845 many aspects of life had changed.




Afternoon Art
Wednesdays in August, 3 pm-4 pm

Each week children will look at a different artwork or gallery and create an art project inspired by what they see.

Ages 4-8. Drop in registration, cost $5 (includes museum admission). Parents are not required to stay with their children, but may join the fun, if they wish, at the regular museum admission rate.


Week-Long Experience: Museum Adventure Camp
Monday–Friday, July 30-August 3, 2018 • 9 am–12:30 pm

Nature and history and art, oh my! Spark your child’s curiosity with a week packed full of activities at both The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum. Children will play historic games, go on nature walks, create art projects, use their imagination to explore art, visit with farm animals, and much more! This standalone camp is also a great way to continue the fun of our Down on the Farm week-long experience.

Ages: 6–8. Maximum: 16 children; minimum: 8
Fee: $175 or $150 for members

Children should bring a bag lunch. Snacks will be provided. Program sizes are limited. Reservations are required. Please call (607) 547-1461 to register and for more information.

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