The Thomas Cole National Historic Site welcomes groups to visit the historic home, studios, and grounds of Thomas Cole in Catskill, New York. Group visits are welcome by advance appointment from May through October, Tuesday – Sunday. We offer two options for large groups: Guided Tour Visits and Explore at Your Own Pace Visits (each defined below). Please email us for more information and to book your tour as early as possible to secure your date of choice.
*Groups of 12 or fewer people are welcome to visit the Main House during regular hours of operation without a group reservation. We recommend that you buy your tickets in advance using our online ticketing page, as tours do sell out. Groups of more than 12 people should make advance arrangements (see below).
Guided Tour Group Visit
(Tues–Sun, 10am – 1pm)
Groups of more than 12 people may schedule a visit from May through October, Tuesday – Sunday, between the hours of 10am and 1pm. We offer two types of guided group tours: Regular Group Tours and Custom Group Tours:
Regular Group Tour
Groups visit the special exhibition in Cole’s New Studio, and are then guided through the Main House and Old Studio by knowledgeable museum educators.
Rates: Regular Group tour tickets are $14 per person for all visitors (peak season pricing in October is $16 per person). When you reserve and visit as a group, we do not charge any additional fee for the educators that we hire to greet and facilitate your group, so we do not offer discounted admission, such as the senior discount, because of the additional cost of our staff. For groups of students and/or children, please see our special rates for school groups. Admission to the grounds is always free of charge.
Custom Group Tour
Custom Tours are led by senior staff members. Your tour may cover specific areas depending on the interests of your group. Such topics might include the historic interior decoration and furnishings; a focus on a particular exhibition; or a behind the scenes look at the innovative Parlors installation. Availability of Custom Tours is limited, particularly during October, so please plan ahead. Custom tours are available May–October, Tuesday–Friday.
Custom Group Tour Options & Pricing:
- Private tour of Main House & Old Studio with an educator. Introduction by senior staff member: $20 per person. $200 minimum.
- Private tour of Main House & Old Studio with an educator. Special exhibition tour by senior staff member: $35 per person. $350 minimum.
- Private tour of Main House & Old Studio with a senior staff member: $45 per person. $450 minimum.
- Private tour of Main House, Old Studio, & special exhibition by senior staff member: $55 per person. $500 minimum.
Guided Group Tour Visits require a minimum of 2 hours on site. For the Main House portion, groups of more than 12 will be split up. Please note that there are several flights of stairs.
Explore At Your Own Pace Group Visit
(Tues–Sun, 2 pm–5 pm)
Groups of any size wishing to explore the Main House and Old Studio at their own pace may schedule a visit from May through October, Tuesday – Sunday, between the hours of 2 pm and 5 pm. Knowledgeable museum educators are at the ready to welcome you into each space. A tailored introduction to the site upon your group’s arrival is available upon request.
Rates: Explore At Your Own Pace Group Visit tickets are $14 per person for all visitors (peak season pricing in October is $16 per person). When you reserve and visit as a group, we do not charge any additional fee for the educators and administrative staff that facilitate your group, so we do not offer discounted admission, such as the senior discount, because of the additional cost of our staff. Admission to the grounds is always free of charge.
To make a reservation, or request more information, contact Heather Paroubek via email at email@example.com. Please supply the following information:
- The type of group visit in which you are interested
- The number of people in your group
- The preferred date and time of your visit
- A contact name
Bus Tour Logistics
Bus parking is available in the adjacent parking lot that is shared with Temple Israel, accessible from Spring Street. Please drive all the way into the lot and park in the upper portion, and turn off the engine. From the parking lot, visitors can proceed to the New Studio and gather there for the commencement of their tour. It is recommended to allow at least two hours for your visit. However, shorter or longer visits can be arranged to accommodate your schedule.