The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is open for tours from May through October. During May, tours are offered Tues-Thurs: 11am-3pm, and Fri-Sun: 11am-1pm. For June-October, tours are Tues-Thurs: 10am-4pm, and Fri-Sun: 10am-1pm. For afternoons Fri-Sun, the museum is open for “Explore at your own pace” from 2-4pm in May and 2-5pm June-October. During busy times our tours can sell out. To reserve your preferred date and time, we are pleased to offer the option of purchasing your tickets online by using the calendar on this page. Special exhibitions are free with your ticket purchase. Please note the below:
Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your tour time. This will give you enough time to check in and watch the 15-minute original introductory film before your tour begins. In order to provide the best experience for everyone, we are not able to let visitors join a tour that is already in progress.
Tickets are for a specific date and time. If you need to make changes to your reservation, you may transfer to another available date and time using Eventbrite.com at least one day in advance. No changes or cancellations may be made on the day of your visit.
Online tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance of your visit. Tickets may also be purchased in the Visitor Center on the day of your visit.
How to Explore the Site
Guided tours of the Main House and Cole’s Old Studio are available Tuesday through Sunday. Your tour ticket also includes admission to the New Studio and the special exhibition inside. 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 either in person or online.
Explore at Your Own Pace
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm, the Main House, New Studio, special exhibitions, 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 “explore 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
- Adult Tickets | $14
- Senior 65+/Student with ID | $12
- Kids under 16 | FREE
Tickets that are purchased online are $14/$12 per person plus a processing fee. Kids under 16 are free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please see special pricing for school groups here.