Things to See and Do

Our historic buildings and grounds will reopen for tours on May 2, 2017. Please visit our Events page to see what’s happening now. Get inspired by the following overview of activities, available May through October.

See exhibitions of 19th-century landscape paintings

Experience magnificent examples of the style or “school” of art that Thomas Cole began in 1825, now known as the Hudson River School. See exhibitions and events.

Take a guided tour

Follow a knowledgeable and friendly guide through Thomas Cole’s 1815 home and charming Old Studio and hear the remarkable stories about the artist’s life and career. Learn more.

Watch a film about the Hudson River School

Hear the story of how Thomas Cole began this country’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School. Watch film.

See Thomas Cole’s original paint brushes and tools

In Thomas Cole’s Old Studio are his original paint brushes, pencil case, tools for grinding and mixing paints, sketching chair and two giant easels. Learn more.

Enjoy the garden with historic flower varieties

In front of the 1815 Main House is a perennial garden that features many varieties that were observed in letters and newspaper accounts of the Coles’ garden.

Visit the gift shop in the 1839 storehouse

The museum shop is housed in the 1839 building that was used as a storehouse for the farm operations on the property. Today it is stocked with unique gifts and books about art and the Hudson Valley region, as well as our own publications. Learn more.

Hear a lecture about American art

On select Sunday afternoons you can catch  lectures by some of the most knowledgeble scholars and professors of American art and history. Learn more.

Take a Hike to See the views in Cole’s paintings

Join one of our guided walks, ranging from easy to moderate, or visit our trail website to see maps and directions to the 17 spots in the Hudson Valley where the famous views can be seen. Learn more.

Enjoy the view from the West Porch

Visitors of all ages enjoy the sweeping view of the Great Northern Catskills and comparing it with images of Cole’s paintings of the same view.

Visit during one of our special events

On opening day in May, Community Day in September, and at other events during the year, enjoy live music, refreshments, art projects  for kids and more. Learn more.

rootThings to See and Do