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.
The 2015 season, including tours of the Main House, the special exhibition, and Cole's Old Studio, begins on Friday May 1 and runs through Sunday November 1. The Visitor Center is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Grounds are free and open every day from dawn until sunset.
How to Explore the Site
Guided tours of the Main House, the special exhibition, and Cole's Old Studio are available Tuesday through Sunday. Tours run about 50 minutes and are limited to 12 guests at a time. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, guided tours are offered on the hour starting at 10 am, and the last tour departs at 4 pm. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, tours are offered at 10, 11, 12 and 1 pm, and there is self-guided touring (explore at your own pace) from 2 to 5 pm. Please arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of the guided tour you wish to attend. You may purchase tickets in person or online. See link below.
Explore at Your Own Pace
In the afternoons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm, the Main House, the special exhibition, and Cole's Old Studio may be explored at your own pace, with guides on hand to answer questions. Please note that the museum closes at 5 pm; therefore last admission will be at 4:30 pm. We recommend, however, that you allow at least one hour for your visit.
Admission & Tickets
Guided tours and exploring at your own pace both require a ticket, which may be purchased in person at the Visitor Center or in advance online. If in person, plan to purchase your guided tour ticket at least 30 minutes prior to the tour you wish to attend. We do not accept phone reservations. Admission to the grounds, visitor center, and gift shop is free of charge.
- Members | always FREE
- Adults | $12
- Seniors over 62, students with ID | $10
- National Park Pass Holders | $10
- Kids under 16 | FREE
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 at the link above. PLEASE NOTE: advance ticket sales must be purchased at least 1 full day (24 hours) in advance. There is a $1 fee for online ticket purchases plus the adult ticket price. Discounts are only availalbe in person at our Visitor Center.
GROUP TOURS for parties of 10 or more must be booked in advance by appointment by calling 518-943-7465, or click here for more information.
New for 2015: Saturday Shuttle
On Saturdays starting in June 2015, we are pleased to offer a shuttle service from the Amtrak train station in Hudson, NY, that travels in a loop to the Thomas Cole site, then to Main Street in the Village of Catskill, followed by the Olana State Historic Site, and then back to the City of Hudson. The shuttle is free for anyone who has purchased or will purchase a ticket to the Thomas Cole site and/or Olana in 2015. A schedule is available at http://www.rivercrossings.org/directions.
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. Enterprise rent-a-car is also available in Hudson.
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.)