The Main Barn serves as the museum's exhibition center. This year, the museum is proud to present Brew: New York’s Craft Beer Revival (opening May 11) and Barns: Cathedrals of the Countryside.
Beyond the ticket kiosk visit the Cardiff Giant, America's greatest hoax. The Louis C. Jones Center provides a large space for small concerts, meetings, and parties. For those interested in antique tools and farm equipment, the second-floor exhibits offer a wide variety of unique, 19th-century craft and farm tools.
Brew: New York’s Craft Beer Revival (May 11–October 31)
Between 1840 and 1900, New York State grew more hops and brewed more beer than any other state in the country. Today, New York has more than 400 craft breweries. BREW: New York’s Craft Beer Revival features objects, images, and text highlighting the history of New York State brewing, hops, and barley up to the present day. Central New York’s breweries and beer experts share their stories and process in this vibrant and engaging exhibition.
Barns: Cathedrals of the Countryside (April 2–October 31)
Dairy barns, with their soaring roof lines and towering silos, punctuate the rural landscape. Upstate New York’s agricultural buildings have long served as landmarks due to their size and visibility. Nowhere is this monumentality more noteworthy than on gentleman’s estates, such as Edward Severin Clark’s Fenimore Farm. Architects designed barns such as this, built 100 years ago, to be practical: to house cows, provide storage for hay, grain, and silage, and model advances in sanitation to ensure pure milk. But they also hoped to create rural landmarks that would model new and visually striking ways to meet basic farming needs.
Curated by Cynthia G. Falk–professor at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, a master’s degree program in museum studies sponsored by SUNY Oneonta. Dr. Falk is the author of the books Barns of New York: Rural Architecture of the Empire State and Architecture and Artifacts of the Pennsylvania Germans: Constructing Identity in Early America, and served as the co-editor of Buildings & Landscapes, the journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum from 2012 to 2017.