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The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown

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Take a trip back in time at The 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. To visit The Farmers' Museum on your holiday in Cooperstown, and find out what else Cooperstown has to offer, use our Cooperstown.
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  • Always enjoy a visit here. Such a trip back in time. Some of the displays have been moving tp allow for better social distancing, and some of the smaller buildings were closed for that reason, but...  more »
  • We stop here even when we don't have kids or grandchildren with us. The museum and the 1840's village take you back to when upstate New York was rural and almost entirely agricultural. The...  more »
  • Great place to spend a day! Very knowledgeable interpreters. The carousel is amazing! I never knew there were so many different animals on carousels until I rode on this one. Great place for the family.
  • Excellent experience. The interpreters (actors/employees) are patient and informative. My 8-year old got to set type and personalize a printing. The blacksmith was excellent and made nails for the kids. The buildings and grounds are well maintained. Overall a wonderful time.
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