The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum have been a school field trip destination for many years and are committed to ensuring that this tradition continues. With funding from donors including KeyBank Foundation, The Cooperstown Community and other generous donors we are able to offer field trip scholarships to assist schools with their admission and transportation costs.

If you are looking for financial assistance, please review the below information and fill out the application found at the bottom of the page. Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum offer unique experiences to study the art, history, and culture of New York State. We have a variety of school programs based in our historic 19th century village, our world-class collection of American Art, and our Native American historic buildings.

We offer a variety of tours and workshops. Please review our programs online at and

In general, student costs are $5.00 for a guided tour or $7.00 for both museums during the Museum Quest Spring Program. Hands-on workshops cost $7.50. These are all outlined in our School Programs brochure.

To be considered for a scholarship, please call 607-547-1513 or email to make a tentative reservation. Please indicate that you plan on applying for a scholarship. Booking a program is not an indication of a scholarship award.

Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum require one chaperone for every 10 children, and we extend complimentary admissions to adult chaperones, including teachers, at this 1:10 ratio for our tours and Museum Quest Program. For workshops, we ask for one adult per workshop, and extend complimentary admission to these necessary chaperones. There is also no charge for one-on-one aides assigned to a specific student.

Additional adults above this ratio will be charged an adult group rate, which is $10.00 for tours and workshops, and $16.00 for Museum Quest (which includes admission to both museums) and combination tours/workshops. This adult admission must be included with student admission as one lump payment. Please include the cost of additional adults in your prepared budget.

As your first resource, please contact your BOCES Arts and Education office for specific programs they may offer. For your second resource, please complete the application meeting the below criteria.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the 2022/2023 school year, and must be submitted at least one month before your proposed trip. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Funding is awarded on a case-by-case basis, based on your application materials.

Transportation Type: To receive consideration for a scholarship award, groups traveling by bus must use local school buses or a private bus company. Tours cannot be booked through a third-party agent or tour company.

Administrative Support: All school applications MUST be signed by the school
Principal or district Superintendent to show he/she has read, understands, and fully supports the scholarship application and field trip should it receive funding.

Please note: The contact name on the booking should be the same as the Primary Teacher Applicant Name on the Scholarship Application Cover Sheet.

Mail or e-mail the completed application to: Christopher Weston, Manager of School Programs
The Farmers’ Museum & Fenimore Art Museum
P.O. Box 30
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Phone: 607-547-1513

Example Budget
In your budget, indicate the total cost and requested funds. The museums reserve the right to award both full and partial funding. All funds will be paid upon receipt of an invoice from the requesting school.

SAMPLE: Expenditure Total Cost Description
XYZ Bus Company $300 Transportation to the Fenimore Art
Museum and The Farmers’ Museum
Admission* $200 50 students at $4 each
Program Cost $500
Total Scholarship Request $350 (Total less $150 provided by PTO)

* Please note that we encourage schools to use their BOCES Arts in Education Funding for admissions first.

Scholarship Application