Welcome Spring to Central New York This Weekend at Cooperstown’s Historic Museums

History, Family Fun Converge at Farmers’ Museum, Fenimore Art Museum and National Baseball Hall of Fame

March 30, 2011
Museums mark the spring season this weekend in Cooperstown. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The return of spring means a flurry of activity in Cooperstown this weekend for the village's venerable museums.

The Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmers' Museum and the National Baseball Hall of Fame welcome families and fans to town for an exciting start to April, with visitors set to experience the history, culture and majesty of the moment.

The Fenimore Art Museum opens for the 2011 season with four new exhibits on Friday, April 1, while the Farmers' Museum celebrates spring with free admission for kids 12-and-under all weekend. The Baseball Hall of Fame hosts Family Day on Saturday, April 2, with free admission for kids 12-and-under and activities and entertainment throughout the day.

Events at each of the three museums include:

Fenimore Art Museum – The world-class art museum, the showcase of the New York State Historical Association, opens for the season on Friday, April 1, featuring four new exhibitions – highlighted by a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The reception is free for NYSHA members and open to the public. The new exhibitions include Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray; Shadow Catcher: Edward Curtis Among the Kwakiutl; and The Spirit of Land and Tradition: The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The Fenimore Art Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

Farmers' Museum – One of the oldest rural life museums in the country, the Farmers' Museum provides visitors with the unique opportunity to experience 19th Century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits. Friday through Sunday, April 1-3, the museum is offering free admission for children 12-and-under, plus free rides on the historic Empire State Carousel and free horse-drawn wagon rides. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.farmersmuseum.org.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – The Baseball Hall of Fame delivers the opening pitch of the new season with Family Day on Saturday, April 2. The celebration will feature live musical performances, hands-on activities, crafts, and demonstrations throughout the museum all day long. Kids under 12 will be admitted to the museum for free that day. Activities and entertainment will include: Musical performances by groups including SUNY Oneonta's A Capella Group Hooked on Tonics; baseball pennant-making craft stations; hands-on history stations throughout the museum; live virtual tours of the Louisville Slugger Factory; and much more. The Hall of Fame is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.baseballhall.org.

Cooperstown visitors can purchase combination tickets to the Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmers' Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Tickets can be purchased at the first museum visited, and the tickets are good for one visit to each museum within one year from the date on the ticket. Visitors can save up to $7 on admission with a combination ticket. For more information, please inquire at the entrance of any of the three museums.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.