Hours & Location
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is located at 218 Spring Street, near the western entrance to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, in the village of Catskill, New York, at the foot of the Catskill Mountains in the Hudson Valley. See below for driving directions.
Tours have concluded for the 2013 season but will begin again in Spring 2014. Grounds are free and open to the public from dawn until dusk.
The Main House, Old Studio, and Special Exhibition Gallery are open by guided tour. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center and leave every hour, on the hour, from 10am to 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday, April 30 through November 2, 2014. Visitors may request a Gallery-Only Visit, which leaves every thirty minutes from 12:15 to 3:45.We are closed on Monday and Tuesday, but tours may be offered at other times by appointment. Please see our group tours page to arrange a tour during other times.
Guided tours of the Main House and Old Studio begin on the hour on a first-come-first-served basis. Tours last about 50 minutes, and each tour is limited to approximately 12 people. The tour also includes a visit to the special exhibition gallery where work by a Hudson River School painter is featured each year.
Group tours are welcome by advance appointment by calling 518-943-7465, or use our online form.
Admission to the grounds, visitor center, and gift shop is free of charge. Viewing the Thomas Cole film is also free. Admission to the Main House, Old Studio and special exhibitions is by guided tour and tickets can be purchased in the Visitor Center.
- Tickets are $10 per person during regular open hours.
- Seniors over 62 and students with ID are $9 per person.
- Kids 12 and under are FREE!
For information about group admission click here.
Our tours do sometimes sell out. If you would like to reserve your place in advance, you may purchase tickets right here on our website. PLEASE NOTE: advance ticket sales must be purchased at least 2 full days (48 hours) in advance. There is no extra fee for online ticket purchases; however, all tickets are a flat $10. The student/senior discount is only available in person in our visitor center. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Announcing Exhibition-Only Tickets
You asked for it, you got it! In response to requests for more opportunities to see our temporary exhibitions, a new ticket option will be offered during the afternoons in 2013: the Gallery Visit. For the same price as the regular guided tour ticket, the Gallery Visit takes visitors directly upstairs to the special exhibition gallery featuring Albert Bierstadt in New York and New England. The Gallery Visit leaves from the Visitor Center every thirty minutes from 12:15 to 3:45, Wednesday through Sunday, now through November 3rd, 2013. Gallery Visits may not be purchased in advance online and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Ask for it at the Thomas Cole Visitor Center.
Take Amtrak to the Hudson train station, which is two hours from New York City's Pennsylvania Station. A taxi stand is across the street from the Hudson station. Ask for the Thomas Cole Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill. The taxi ride is approximately ten minutes.
From New York City or Albany: Take NYS Thruway (I-87) to exit 21 (Catskill). Make a left at the traffic light, then proceed 2 miles as the road becomes Main Street, Catskill. At the only traffic light on Main Street, make a left onto Bridge Street. Turn left onto Spring Street (Route 385). The Thomas Cole Historic Site is six blocks down on the right. (Use the shared driveway with Temple Israel).
From Points West: Take Route 23 East. Just before the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, make a right at the light onto Spring Street (Route 385). The Thomas Cole Historic Site is immediately on the left. (Use the shared driveway with Temple Israel.)
From Points East: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to the NYS Thruway (Route 90 West) to exit 2B (Taconic Pkwy.) Take Taconic Parkway South to Route 23 West. Continue on Route 23 West and cross the Hudson River over The Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Make a left at the first light at the intersection of Route 23 and Route 385 (Spring Street). The Thomas Cole Historic Site is immediately on the left. (Use the shared driveway with Temple Israel.)
Take the Taconic Parkway North to the Hudson Exit (Route 82 North) to Route 23 West. (Note: Route 82 also crosses the Taconic further south. Do not take Route 82 until you see the sign for Hudson.) Cross the Hudson River via The Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Make a left at the first light at the intersection of Route 23 and Route 385 (Spring Street). The Thomas Cole Historic Site is immediately on the left. (Use the shared driveway with Temple Israel.)