Group Visits

Group Visit Package, Standard (May-October, Wednesday – Sunday):

Upon arrival, your group will be welcomed and oriented by a knowledgeable member of the Education staff. A 15-20 minute introduction to the Site, the Cole family, and some common themes of Thomas Cole’s artwork is followed by time for guests to explore the historic buildings and exhibitions at their own pace in a self-guided experience. Knowledgeable staff members are located in all spaces to discuss ideas and answer questions. Each group member will receive a copy of our Guide Book.

Regular Group Rates: $25 per person (May through September); $27 per person (October peak season). Rates include our Guide Book publication at a discounted rate of $4 ($6 value). Discounts do not apply to the group rates.

College/University Group Rates: $16 per person. Discounts do not apply to the group rates.


To make a group visit request, please fill out this form, and we will be in contact with you to schedule your visit.

Custom Guided Tour

Custom Tours are led by senior staff members. You may request for your tour to include 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, so please plan ahead.

Rates: $500 for up to 10 people. Each additional person is $50/each.

Bus Parking

Motor coach and bus drop off is located beside the New Studio building, situated on the south side of our campus. We ask that motor coaches avoid parking in our visitor lot that is shared with Temple Israel, as it is inaccessible for buses of that size. Motor coach and bus drivers should use the following directions below.

• Turn off of Spring Street onto High Street
• Turn left at Woodland Avenue
• Make a final left onto Hudson Avenue
• Look for the THOMAS COLE SITE GROUP DROP-OFF sign and let passengers out beside the New Studio building

Cars and passenger vans may park in our visitor parking lot.

If you have questions, please email us at

Arrival & Check-In

Your tour guide(s) will meet you inside the New Studio shortly after your arrival time. If you are running late on the date of your visit, please call our Visitor Center at 518-943-7465 x 2. We recommend that you allow 2 hours for your entire visit so that you may enjoy the special exhibition in the New Studio, the Main House, the Visitor Center & Shop, and the grounds.

If you are looking for information on School & Youth Visits, click here.

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