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Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown

(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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  • We went to the farmers museum a few times and always leave disappointed. Kids seem bored,the Cardiff giant is neat,but for the new generation 'who's PT Barnum" is the refrain. Went to ride the merry g...  more »
  • This is a wonderful addition to the activities Cooperstown has to offer. It is a very special place for people who like antiques and love NY 
  • This was our first vist for the Candlelight Event. Frankly, when I write a review I like to be objective and point out the good and the bad and let you make you're own decisions. This time all I have ...  more »
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  • I enjoyed it, but only went because my dad was interested! Not really my thing.... that being said, there were some interesting displays and found the black smiths making a gun barrel out of a horse shoe fascinating!
  • Lots of family fun. We just went to Tractor Fest there.
  • Great place to bring the kids and adults may learn something too. Very interesting.
  • I came here when I was younger and it is still just as fascinating now as it was then. Seeing how people during this time lived is so interesting. The actors are fairly well versed with answering questions that arise and truly seem to enjoy being there.
  • 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.