This is the museum that Cooperstown is best known for. When it opened on June 12, 1939 the Hall of Fame officially became the home of baseball by serving as its cornerstone and housing the stories honoring the greats of baseball’s past. With over 38,000 three-dimensional artifacts in the Hall of Fame’s collection, each visitor can get a glimpse of what makes baseball special to them.
Our award-winning historic hotel is ideally situated to enjoy all that Cooperstown offers. We’re just a short walk to one of America’s best loved main streets where you’ll find unique shops, restaurants and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It is a brief trolley ride to experience another century at The Farmers’ Museum, where exhibits, a recreated village and costumed staff depict life over 150 years ago. Nearby, Fenimore Art Museum displays a premier collection of American Indian art, American paintings and folk art. Beyond the village, you will find Glimmerglass Opera, the Glimmerglass State Park and many other treasures.
Attractions: Cooperstown is home to a myriad of attractions. Many visitors are initially lured by baseball, but return to enjoy the village’s other enticements: picturesque scenery, a clear cool lake, quaint historic architecture, fine museums, world-class opera, golfing or other outdoor recreation. After touring, it is fun to poke around for antiques or stop to appreciate locally brewed beers. There’s more to see and do than a one-day visit allows. Whether you enjoy snow-tubing, biking, or garden tours, Cooperstown has something for every season.
Located on the western shore of Otsego Lake, housed in an elegant 1930′s neo-Georgian mansion, the Fenimore Art Museum presents a perspective on the heritage and history of America through art. The beauty of the museum setting is matched by the quality of the collections it houses, including some of the nation’s finest examples of American landscape, history and genre paintings, American folk art, photography and American Indian art. The museum café is the perfect spot for a light lunch. The dining area is situated on the museum’s terrace and is surrounded by beautiful plantings and a panoramic view of Otsego Lake.
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits. The museum includes a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, the Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Its collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows.
Hyde Hall, a national historic landmark, is a stunning reminder of a bygone American era. The mansion itself is considered the finest example of neoclassic country mansions anywhere in the United States. Explore the house with its nearly 50 rooms and stunning architectural details, under the guidance of a skilled interpreter. See firsthand the ongoing restoration process. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn as you take in the unspoiled view of Otsego Lake that inspired George Clarke to choose this site for his country house nearly two hundred years ago. Open mid-May through October.
Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company built the original Canajoharie Gallery in 1927. A beautiful expansion was made to the museum in 2007 to provide inspiring new space for exhibitions and programs. Most of the paintings in the permanent collection were purchased by Bartlett Arkell for the people of Canajoharie. The American painting collection includes 21 works by Winslow Homer, and significant paintings by many distinguished artists, including George Inness, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Permanent and changing exhibitions also feature selections from the museum’s Mohawk Valley History collection as well as the Beech-Nut archives of early twentieth-century advertising material.
The Northeast Classic Car Museum is an educational facility that collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits vehicles related to the evolution of transportation, with particular emphasis on the role of the automobile and its impact on American culture. Currently, over 160 vehicles are on display in 5 connected buildings. Informative videos, period fashions, and more enhance the museum experience.
Craft Beer / Artisanal Spirits / Beverage Trail
Cooperstown Distillery is a fully operational craft spirits distillery producing and selling the finest varietals of bourbon, gin and vodka on site. The distillery celebrates the history and culture of Cooperstown and America’s favorite pastime, baseball, through distinctive branding and the highest quality artisanal distilling practices. Daily tours and tastings available. For a fun weekend experience with VIP treatment at the Cooperstown Distillery check out our Lodging & Libations package.
The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is a historic, water-powered mill on the banks of Fly Creek. For more than 150 years visitors have witnessed the pressing of fresh, sweet and delicious cider creating an experience that has become a tradition shared by generations. The Mill Store Marketplace is the heart of activity with sampling of over 40 specialty food products, many made right at the Mill. From the Farm Winery you can taste hard ciders and apple wines, another feature of the New York cider making tradition.
Founded in 1994, the Cooperstown Brewing Company brews premium ales, porters, and stouts using the finest two-row English barley malts, West Coast hops and English Ringwood Yeast. Tours and tastings available – call or visit the website for availability and hours.
Established in 2005, Butternuts Beer & Ale is located on a 120 acre farm. The brewery is located in the old dairy barn and some of the seasonal beers are made using hops and wheat grown their own fields. Tours and tastings available on the weekends – call or visit the website for availability and hours.
Established in 2010, Rustic Ridge is located on the Bennett Family Farm. Offering more than a dozen diverse NYS produced and bottled wines, there’s something to please every palate. Rustic Ridge also has local Amish cheeses and jams, locally produced maple syrup, and handmade jewelry. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, grab a bottle of wine, and enjoy our relaxed, rural, rustic country atmosphere and views overlooking our farmland and vineyard. Open daily.
Bear Pond Winery was established in 2000 near the beginning of the Susquehanna River and across from Goodyear Lake. The vineyard was started the same year on a gentle hillside on the property. It is comprised of approximately one acre consisting of varietals ranging from Riesling, Concord, Niagara and Gewürztraminer as well as others. An additional six acres of new growth wines have been planted. Bear Pond Winery is open to the public seven days a week and offers year-round tastings of our wines as well as other New York State wines.
Cooperstown has a centuries-old history of fine drink, going back well before baseball became America’s pastime. Once the hops-growing capital of North America, it now boasts breweries, wineries, and an historic cider mill, each one making world-class beverages for all to enjoy. In 2004, four of these establishments founded the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, New York State’s first official cuisine trail: Bear Pond Winery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang and the Fly Creek Cider Mill. In 2012, two additional beverage makers joined the Trail: Butternuts Beer & Ale and Rustic Ridge Winery. At each of these locations, you can enjoy tastings, take a tour to give you a close-up look at how the beverages are made, or just visit the specialty shops.
Cooperstown Arts and Culture
Beginning with the 2011 season, Glimmerglass Opera became The Glimmerglass Festival. The company continues its tradition of four new fully staged productions, including three operas and one work of American musical theater, performed with full orchestra, large cast and no sound amplification. These four productions are supplemented by special performances, concerts, lectures and symposiums throughout the season. The Glimmerglass Festival continues to attract an international audience to the scenic Cooperstown area, where the talent of singers, directors, designers and staff from around the world converges in the Alice Busch Opera Theater to produce world-class opera and music theater.
The Festival was started in 1999 with three events. Since then the Festival has offered the region nearly 100 concerts, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret to kids’ concerts. In 2011, the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival became the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival to better reflect the range of music it offers. The Festival has featured: Midori, Hank Jones, the Tokyo String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Tim Fain, Bill Charlap, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, and Mark O’Connor. Linda Chesis, founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation.
Cooperstown Concert Series, now in its 44th season, brings the best in music and performing arts to the Village of Cooperstown and its surroundings. This series presents a diverse schedule, ranging from folk and Cajun, to classical and modern musical performances. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for college students/senior citizens, $8 for students 13-18 years old, and free for children under 12.
Glimmerglass Film Days is a showcase for powerful films reflecting humanity’s complex relationships with the natural world in Cooperstown, New York. The inaugural festival, held November 8-10 2013, featured screenings of eight award-winning films, as well as encounters and collaborations with internationally known artists, activists and aficionados in a 3-day series enlivened by local food tastings, and optional trail hikes and bike tours, all designed to celebrate the natural and historic resources of the Cooperstown region.
The Cooperstown Art Association was formed in 1928 by a group of six professional artists to serve and maintain interest in the applied and fine arts as well as provide the means to increase the community’s awareness and participation. In addition to an extensive exhibit schedule, the Cooperstown Art Association offers interactive art classes and workshops along with an ongoing figure drawing class. They also sponsor demonstrations, lectures, studio tours, performances, and film series, often coordinating efforts with other groups and organizations.
An exciting array of special events occur throughout the year offering engaging seasonal activities for artists, families, and community members. These include Spring Cleaning-Art Bazaar, Fine Arts on the Lawn, The Pumpkin Glow, and The Adorn-A-Door Wreath Festival.
Long an important part of vibrant Cooperstown history, The Smithy has a proud tradition of exceptional gallery shows. The Smithy is now a multi-arts center and the gallery and its adjoining courtyard are the site for a variety of concerts, film screenings, theatrical productions, and other community art events. The Smithy also offers an exceptionally wide range of classes for artists of all ages in pottery, painting and drawing, sculpting, photography, and writing.