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 2014 season has begun! The Main House, Old Studio, and Special Exhibition Gallery is open by guided tour, Wednesday through Sunday, now through November 2. Tours leave every hour, on the hour between 10 am and 4pm. Tickets need to be purchased at the Visitor Center prior to the tour. The Site is closed Monday and Tuesday. Please see our group tours page if you are intersted in booking a group. Grounds are free and open to the public everyday from dawn until dusk.
Reminder: We are not open on Mondays, so we will not be open on the Monday of Memorial Day or Columbus Day.
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 are limited to approximately 12 people. The tour includes a visit through the home of Thomas Cole, the artist's studio, and the special exhibition gallery, currently featuring Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church.
Group tours are welcome by advance appointment by calling 518-943-7465, or use our online form.
Admission to the Main House, Old Studio and special exhibitions is by guided tour and tickets need to be purchased at the Visitor Center. The grounds, visitor center, and gift shop is free of charge.
- Adults | $10 per person during regular open hours.
- Seniors over 62 and students with ID | $9 per person.
- Kids 12 and under | 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. PLEASE NOTE: advance ticket sales must be purchased at least 2 full days (48 hours) in advance. There is a $1 fee for online ticket purchases plus the adult ticket price. The student/senior discount is only available in person in our visitor center. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Gallery Visit | Exhibition-Only Tickets
You asked for it, you got it! In response to requests for more opportunities to see our special exhibition, a new ticket option is offered during the afternoons: the Gallery Visit. For the same price as the regular guided tour ticket, the Gallery Visit takes you directly upstairs to the special exhibition gallery featuring Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church. Gallery visitors can also request to see our special summer exhibit, Thomas Cole's Honey - New works by Stanley Maltzman. The Gallery Visit is available at quarter past the hour at: 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, Wednesday through Sunday, now through November 2, 2014. Gallery Visit tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Alternatively, you can purchase your gallery-only ticket online.
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.)