The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum is a beautiful and historic wedding venue in Cooperstown, New York. With several locations on-site, every wedding held at this charming venue is one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re looking for an elegant and formal celebration or a more casual and relaxed one, there is an option for everyone at The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum. The grounds are beautiful in every season, and a perfect backdrop for your dream photos. Wedding planning comes with a lot of choices, and the event planning staff at The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum will help you plan your perfect day.
Facilities and Capacity
There are nine different event spaces to choose from at the venue, and each one comes with a unique experience. The Cornwall Curch is an 18th-century Methodist Church, with a functioning organ and piano from the 19th-century, that can host up to 175 people. The 18th-century Bump Tavern, with room for up to 40 guests, has two intimate spaces available. The Empire State Carousel offers an unbeatable photo opportunity and space for a small reception. The Louis C. Jones Center offers an inside and outside experience with a barn and courtyard for up to 180 guests. The Fenimore Art Museum has terrace gardens, a lakeside lawn, and an amphitheater for weddings in a natural setting. Overall, The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum can accommodate up to 350 guests, and has parking and wheelchair access.
Whether you're hosting a wedding ceremony and reception or a shower, engagement party, or rehearsal dinner, The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum wants to make every couple who chooses their venue as cared for and stress-free as possible, so they provide assistance from their professional event planning staff. They have a number of event rentals available, including lighting and tables, as well as wireless internet throughout for your convenience.
The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum is a historic site in central New York. Since 1813, the land the museums sit on has been part of a working farm. Over time, the land passed through different owners’ hands, with different animals on-site. After 131 years of existence, the farm was opened to the public in the form of the Farmers’ Museum, with over 5,000 tools and objects on display at the time. Now, there are over 23,000.
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Kristin Rau Cox · Married on 09/22/2018
Dream Wedding at Historic Venue
We had the most wonderful wedding at The Farmer's Museum on September 22, 2018! We knew from the beginning we started planning that we did not want a traditional banquet facility or hotel wedding. We wanted something that really felt special to us, and that reflected our personalities. From the start, when we met their coordinator, Anne, last December, the entire process went so smoothly. Anne treats you like family, is responsive to questions, and truly cares and wants your day to be as wonderful as you do!Sent on 12/01/2018
We had a perfect fall day for our wedding. We rented the church for our ceremony, and the carousel for our cocktail hour - which was a HUGE hit with our guests! The Louis C. Jones Center was the perfect setting for our reception. With the beautiful wood columns and twinkle lights on the ceiling, it doesn't take much to turn it into an inviting space! There are so many options when choosing your tables, linens, decorations, etc. They even give you all a list of preferred vendors, so it makes booking your caterer, DJ, etc, a breeze! We wanted a unique wedding venue, one that we and our guests would remember and be excited about, and The Farmer's Museum was perfect! The one thing I am sad about is that it's over! Luckily, we can continue to go to the museum for other events, and we look forward to taking our children there someday, too! It truly is a special and magical place! So many places for beautiful photos, too!
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MK · Married on 07/06/2019
Anne was fabulous to work with! Any little question I had, she would answer as soon as she could. She was great with local vendor recommendations. The day of our wedding had a chance of scattered afternoon showers- she was flexible & willing to accommodate a last minute decision to live the ceremony into the church (rather than outside at the Amphitheater). I have nothing but good things to say about Anne & her helpers. The venue is charming, and your guests are going to have a good time!Sent on 07/17/2019
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Hannah Rafferty · Married on 04/13/2019
Stunning Spring Wedding
The staff at The Farmers' Museum far exceeded all of our expectations for our April 2019 wedding. Anne worked closely with us throughout the entire process, always open to answering any questions we had. We toured the venue in July of 2018 and quickly decided it was the place for us! We held our ceremony in the beautiful church, cocktail hour at the carousel and our reception in the Louis C. Jones Center. Each building was unique, beautiful, and fit the rustic theme of our wedding. Guests are still commenting on the uniqueness of the venue and how beautifully it all fit together! The carousel was a big hit and brought out the child in everyone. The venue was reasonably priced and we were even able to add extra decor when we wanted for only a small price! We absolutely loved our venue and cannot wait to return for a visit!Sent on 05/06/2019
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I have worked here several times and it's always been an awesome experience to photograph couples at this venue. Great service, epic location for photography and always professional. I highly recommend!
We love to work at the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown NY. The venue is an amazing blend of classy elegance and country chic in one place. The Fenimore Art Museum's grounds overlook a grand panorama of Otsego Lake giving a beautiful background to your wedding photos. The Farmer's museum, with the simple light filled church is a wonderful venue for a ceremony and the grounds of the museum as indicated in the name is perfect for a country or rustic style wedding. The best part is you get all this without giving up modern faciltities, great parking and a village of museums and shopping for your out of town guests.
The Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum are both amazing venues. Tucked among the grounds are so many special places for an intimate ceremony with breathtaking backdrops. It's your choice if you would love the lake or the natural meadows as your surroundings. Mother Nature can be tricky here in Cooperstown so there are also inside places like the Church, Jones Center and Bump Tavern. Anne has all the information from years of experience to make your dreams come true. She is always willing to go the extra mile to make your special day memorable.