The Farmers’ Museum Reopens July 3

With the area several days into the final phase of New York State’s regionally-focused reopening plan, The Farmers’ Museum is set to open its doors to the public on Friday, July 3. Hours are 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday (closed Mondays) with reduced admission rates for all ages–making a visit even more enjoyable. Museum members receive special early access on Wednesday and Thursday, July 1–2.

Over the past several weeks, The Farmers’ Museum developed a comprehensive safety plan in accordance with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State. The plans and final preparations were reviewed by a team from Bassett Healthcare to ensure all procedures and safeguards meet or exceed the recommended standards of cleanliness, social distancing and reduced contact for both visitors and staff.

“With approved plans and all safeguards fully in place, we now look forward to welcoming visitors back to Cooperstown to enjoy the beauty of our museums and community,” said Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, President and CEO of Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. “Safety is our top priority. When visitors see our exhibitions at Fenimore or walk through the grounds at The Farmers’ Museum, we want them to know that we have done everything imaginable to make their visit a safe and enjoyable one.”

Per New York State guidelines, face masks or coverings are required inside buildings at the Museum for visitors age 2 and over. Free single-use masks will be available at the entrance for visitors who arrive without. Face masks or coverings are also required while outdoors on museum grounds in high traffic areas where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained. Visitors who are not part of the same household should stay socially distanced at all times.

The Museum has determined its maximum guest capacity. Visitor numbers will be monitored through the day to allow for adequate social distancing inside.

Directional markers have been added to museum spaces, along with signage reminding visitors of safety procedures. Several hand sanitizing stations have also been placed throughout both museums.

Employees will be given a health screening assessment each day upon arrival.


At The Farmers’ Museum

Stroll through The Farmers’ Museum’s unique park-like setting featuring a 19th-century country village and working farmstead with views of Otsego Lake.

This season, the Museum offers a reduced rate of admission that includes access to the Museum grounds, the Main Barn, the Crossroads Café, and the Children’s Barnyard. Buildings will remain closed, but interpretation will still take place.  Many programs have been adapted for viewing outside of the Museum’s historic structures, which include the Peleg Field Blacksmith Shop, Dr. Thrall’s Pharmacy, Lippitt Farmhouse, and Bump Tavern to name a few. Demonstrations of period cooking, trades, farming, and home life tell the stories of life in upstate New York during the mid-19th century.

On view in the Main barn is Brew: New York’s Craft Beer Revival, an exhibition featuring objects and images highlighting the history of New York State brewing, hops, and barley up to the present day.

Visitors will also discover the Cardiff Giant in the Main Barn and the many farm animals at the Lippitt Farmstead including sheep, goats, horses, cows, and more.

The Empire State Carousel, Todd’s General Store, and the Museum’s retail shop are closed until further notice.

Take advantage of our unique setting and reduced admission price to picnic on the Museum grounds. Picnicking is encouraged on the Museum’s Tavern Green and other open areas. Just a short drive from Cooperstown’s many fine restaurants, the Museum grounds are well-suited for families or couples looking for that perfect spot to bring “take-out” food or a traditional picnic basket. Just grab a blanket and you are all set. Enjoy a relaxing meal while you savor the history that surrounds you.

The Crossroads Café is open offering bottled drinks and pre-packaged snacks, as well as an assortment of items from our shops.

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Hours and Information: Open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday (closed Mondays) with reduced admission rates: Adults and Seniors (13 and up): $5: Juniors (7-12): $3; and Children (6 and under): Free. Tickets can be purchased at the door upon arrival. Admission is always free for museum members, active military, and retired career military personnel. Museum members receive special early access on Wednesday and Thursday, July 1–2, from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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