General Admission

Explore the site at your own pace with a 1-hour self-guided visit. Education staff are nearby, ready to have conversations about each space, and to provide you with as much information as you would like.

Advance reservations are required to ensure that we adhere to capacity limits. Tickets include access to all the historic structures as well as the special exhibition Cross Pollination, on view in all of our buildings as well as the grounds through October 31.

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The Thomas Cole National Historic Site offers FREE admission for SNAP/EBT cardholders. Advance reservations are required and documentation can be presented upon arrival in the Visitor Center. Email for questions.

Art in the Garden

Explore the historic kitchen garden with new creative activities each month inspired by our connections and interactions with the natural world and our current special exhibition, Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church & Our Contemporary Moment. Workshops are from 10:00am – 1:00pm on select Saturdays of every month from July through October.

Advance reservations are appreciated, but drop-ins are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The “Art in the Garden” workshops are led by 2022 Cole Fellow, Issy Bohling. Issy graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2020 with degrees in Art History and Psychology, and is working on education initiatives at the Thomas Cole Site and researching the history of land conservation both in New York and the United States.

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Group Visits

Information on group visits can be found here.

Information on school group visits can be found here. 

Programs & Exhibitions

Information on programs and events can be found here. 

Before You Arrive



We recommend this short film as a first step for visitors planning a trip to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.


Thomas Cole’s Story, which children and their families can flip through and enjoy together, was created to show kids that historic characters like Thomas Cole were real people with exciting stories to tell.


Virtually explore the 1815 Main House and 1839 Old Studio, where the artist Thomas Cole lived and worked from 1836 until his death in 1848.


Familiarize yourself with 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.

Covid Guidelines

All visitors must wear a mask when indoors regardless of vaccination status and maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not part of your household at all times while visiting the Thomas Cole Historic Site. If you or a member of your household does not feel well, please stay home and reschedule your visit for another time.

Do not visit the historic site if any of the following are true:

  • You or anyone in your group is experiencing any symptoms such as fever (100.0 or above) or chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, runny nose/congestion, new loss of taste or smell, or nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • You or anyone in your group has had “close contact” with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You or anyone in your group has been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a doctor or local public health official.


The first floor of the Main House is wheelchair accessible by an elevator lift. The 1839 Old Studio, Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and New Studio are wheelchair accessible. Access to the second floor of the Main House requires negotiating a flight of stairs. The parking lot is standard asphalt and includes a number of handicap spaces. The walking paths are gravel.

More information about Accessibility at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site can be found here.

We’re Here to Help

If you have questions about tickets and visiting the site, please email or leave us a message at 518-943-7465 ext. 102.

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