Exhibitions, Programs & Events

Grounds Open for Free Every Day

General Admission


Explore the historic interiors and special exhibitions on a self-guided visit.


Guided Tours


Book a Guided Tour to experience the historic interiors, the special exhibition Native Prospects and immersive digital installations.


Native Prospects

Indigeneity and Landscape

May 4-Oct 27, 2024

Our new exhibition juxtaposes an Indigenous approach to the articulation of land with the American landscape paintings of Thomas Cole. Curated by Dr. Scott Manning Stevens, PhD / Karoniaktatsie (Akwesasne Mohawk).


The Plants Carry Our Ancestors’ Stories

with Lucy Grignon of Ancient Roots Homestead 

Sat, Jul 6

In this workshop, share stories of traditional seed relatives, make seed bombs with seeds of Stockbridge Munsee significance (Joe Pye Weed Seeds & Wild Bergamot Seeds & Yarrow Seeds), and share how these plants are still medicines for our people today.

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Smelly Aesthetics

Inhabiting Landscape Workshop Series

Sun, Jul 14

Explore the odorous dimensions of plants, the way they harness scent to communicate amongst themselves, and influence the world of creatures around them. A walking tour of the Mawignack Preserve mixes storytelling and sensory exercises to attune our awareness to different plant communities within the landscape, followed by a hands-on workshop.

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Alan Michelson


Jul 20-Dec 1, 2024

Artist Alan Michelson (Mohawk, Six Nations of the Grand River) presents a site-responsive exhibition throughout the historic artist’s home and landscape including the first complete American display of Prophetstown, 2012the first New York display of Hanödaga:yas (Town Destroyer), 2018; and video and other mixed media installations.


First Look Inside the Cole Center

Preview the new building that will open this year and completely change the visitor experience.

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Thomas Cole Paintings on View

Spectacular original paintings by Thomas Cole are on view in the artist’s home this season.


Collection Highlights

Browse our online Collection Highlights, a selection from over six hundred objects and two research archives. Many collection items are on view throughout the Cole Site interiors, in historic rooms, as well as within the rotating exhibition Mind Upon Nature: Thomas Cole’s Creative Process.


Digital Immersive Experiences

Discover digital immersive experiences throughout the authentic historic interiors of the artist’s home. Experiences include paintings that come to life, audio soundscapes, letters that appear on desks and 270-degree floor-to-ceiling projections.


Hudson River School Art Trail

Step into a landscape painting with our program, the Hudson River School Art Trail, which provides maps and directions to visit the places in nature that Thomas Cole and other Hudson River School artists painted.

Choose Your Destination

Walk along Catskill Creek

Visit the Mawignack Preserve – Cole’s favorite walking spot – just down the road and discover new outdoor interpretation organized by the Greene Land Trust in partnership with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Greene County Historical Society, Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, and Scenic Hudson.


Visit Cole’s Gravesite

The gravestones of Thomas Cole, his wife Maria Bartow, and their family are located in the Catskill Village Cemetery, just down the street and walkable from the historic site.

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Hudson River Skywalk

See America’s first canvas with a new scenic walkway connecting the Thomas Cole Site with Frederic Church’s Olana across the Hudson River.


Virtual 360 Explore

Virtually tour Thomas Cole’s historic Main House and Old Studio. Discover pop-out videos and find the artist’s original letters.



Digital content presenting new perspectives from curators, artists, and community leaders on Thomas Cole’s life and art from the 19th century to today.

Watch Videos & Listen to Podcasts

Teacher Resources

Programs, lesson plans and activities for K-12 students that use American art to teach American history.

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Virtual Gallery

Explore Thomas Cole’s paintings and writings with scholar analysis on our website explorethomascole.org.


Thomas Cole’s Story

Read Thomas Cole’s Story by the Penguin Random House author and illustrator Hudson Talbott.

Read the Story

Guide Book

Free Web Version

This abbreviated web version of the Guide Book will lead you from space to space. A printed copy of the Guide Book is available in our gift shop and online, here.


Each year, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site presents special exhibitions of historic and contemporary art that debut here and travel the country. Browse past exhibitions

What other art will you see on a visit? Browse Thomas Cole paintings on view and Collection Highlights.

The Thomas Cole Site programs and operations are supported by the National Park Service, Warner Foundation, David Bury and The Bay & Paul Foundations, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, Enoch Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, KHR Family Fund, Brown Foundation, The J. M. Kaplan Fund, Tianaderrah Foundation, and the Kindred Spirits Society of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Programs and operations are also supported by a grant awarded to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I LOVE NY Division of Tourism.

The Program Endowment that supports educational programs at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this the programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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