Museum Quest

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: $7 per student and $16 per adult (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.


Enliven your students’ experience by joining the staff of The Farmers’ Museum for hands-on workshops. Each program satisfies specific New York State learning standards and provides the opportunity to focus on period trades, crafts, farm life, or leisure and entertainment of the mid-nineteenth century. Workshops include an on-site museum tour.

For information on planning your visit, arrival, and logistics for workshops, please read Workshops at The Farmers’ Museum.

Offered: September-December and March-April
Cost: $7.50 per student

Be sure to also check out Fenimore Art Museum Workshops.

19th-Century-Life Workshops
Grades: 4th to 12th | Duration: 3 hours



Each fall and spring, K-12 students enjoy themed tours guided by knowledgeable and engaging museum educators. Each tour satisfies specific New York State learning standards and includes hands-on opportunities to interact with objects and artifacts in our living history museum.

For information on planning your visit, arrival, and logistics for tours, please read Tours at The Farmers’ Museum.

Offered: September, October, April
Cost: $5 per student

Guided Thematic Tours:
Ox-Cart Man
Grades: pre-K to 2nd | Duration: 2 hours

Farmer Boy
Grades: 2nd to 7th | Duration: 2 hours

Simple Machines
Grades: 4th to 8th | Duration: 2 hours

Tradesman’s Tool Chest
Grades: 4th to 12th | Duration: 2 hours

Highlight Tours: If you would rather not do one of the above thematic tours, we can arrange for village highlight tours for groups of ten or more students of any age. Please contact us at (607) 547-1461 to discuss your needs.

Self-Guided Tours: Only offered in our summer months. Groups of ten or more students are also welcome to self-guide at The Farmers’ Museum for the school rate of $5 per student and $5 per adult. Only offered July and August.

Combination Tours:
Combination tours with the Fenimore Art Museum are also available and cost $10 per student. Take a look at the available Tours at the Fenimore Art Museum.

Homeschool Day

The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum have teamed up to welcome and encourage home school students to visit and learn from our exhibits, programs, and historic village. On June 23, 2023, we are offering a Home School Day for our Museum Quest Program.  Groups must pre-register.  Start your booking process with our online request form.


Book Your School Trip

The Farmers’ Museum is devoted to preserving America’s rural heritage through interactive exhibits, living history programs, and educational workshops that depict farming and rural life. We have designed programming that will support your curriculum and help students make real-world connections to their learning.

We offer a variety of School Programs and our school scholarships can help your school access The Farmers’ Museum.

Thank you for your interest in our education program! To learn more about any of our offerings, please email contact us at or call 607-547-1461 (or toll-free at 1-888-547-1450 ext. 478). You can also read our FAQs.

Our sister institution, the Fenimore Art Museum, is right across the street and also offers a wide range of school programs. Click here to visit its website.

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