An official Path Through History Site! The Fenimore Art Museum is situated on the pristine shores of legendary Otsego Lake, on property once owned by famous American novelist James Fenimore Cooper. Its beautiful surroundings are as much a draw as the art within. The museum houses one of the country's most comprehensive and exceptional collections of American folk, fine and the renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, representing North America's diverse and rich cultural heritage. The museum is also home to a wide collection of twentieth-century art, nineteenth-century photography, and decorative arts. In addition, a collection of many objects that once belonged to author James Fenimore Cooper and his family is on view. Visitors to Fenimore will have the opportunity to see an expanded exhibition featuring the original handwritten letters that fueled the ongoing war of words between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. These correspondences, popularized by the well-known Broadway musical Hamilton, led to the now infamous duel in 1804. Fenimore offers a wide-ranging selection of exhibitions each new season! While you’re at the museum, visit our Fenimore Cafe for a light lunch or tempting libation. Savor a glass of wine or craft beer on the expansive garden terrace overlooking Otsego Lake. Formal gardens overlook Otsego Lake, and visitors can get a glimpse of American Indian life at the circa 1750 Bark House on the shores of the lake.