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Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown

Categories: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
Take a trip back in time at Farmers' Museum, a living history museum providing insight into the lifestyle of 19th-century farmers. Take time to explore the outdoor exhibits of about 50 restored buildings, including a tavern, pharmacy, blacksmith's shop, doctor's office, general store, and printer's shop. The museum also contains a full-sized carousel, noted for its handcrafted panels and large-scale mural representing the history, culture, and natural resources of the state of New York. Situated on land once owned by celebrated author James Fenimore Cooper, the open-air museum contains several Colonial Revival-style buildings designed by architect Frank Whiting and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You'll have a chance to visit three gift shops and two cafes on the museum grounds. Make Farmers' Museum part of your personalized Cooperstown itinerary using our Cooperstown tour planner.
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  • This is a very well done working farm and small village demonstration The buildings and grounds provide a view of farm life in early America. The staff is excellent and demonstrated skills from weavin...  read more »
  • I go to the Farmers Museum every few years and never get tired of it. It is home to an impressive collection of historic buildings that include a blacksmith shop, barber shop, typical farmer's home an...  read more »
  • This museum is meticulously put together with every detail considered to keep the time frame associated with clothing worn, utensils and techniques used. The grounds are immaculate. This is a walk thr...  read more »
  • Great place to spend an afternoon. Staff was great to talk to and very knowledgeable. Great little place to revisit NY history.
  • My family and I went for the Sugaring Off event where they make their own maple syrup and hold an all you can eat pancake breakfast. You can also go around to different buildings and see what it looked like to live in the 1800's. My kids had fun learning about the different things they did back in the old days. There was a couple of different things for kids to make and partake in. They do a demonstration on how syrup was made and is still made. The people who were running the carousal seemed really stressed out and kind of gave the parents an attitude when it came to their kids. They are older and it seems they need to retire from it and figure out where else they can work at the museum if that is what they want to do.
  • Great place for a family morning/afternoon. The cafe has great soups and everyone is extremely friendly.
  • Nice old timey village. Animals and real buildings from the 1800s. Good way to teach the kids how things were before bad TV
  • I love the period players. They do a great job taking you back to the 18 and early 1900's.
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