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The site is only open for Guided Tours at this point in the season. Guided Tour Tickets are valid for admission to the Main House, Old Studio, and the special exhibition SHI GUORUI: Ab/Sense-Pre/Sense, on view in the Main House through December 15, 2019. 

November 8 through December 15, 2019: 

Visit the historic Main House and Old Studio with a museum educator on a guided tour, Fridays-Sundays. All buildings close at 4 pm. The New Studio exhibition and building is closed for the season.

  • Visitor Center / Shop open Friday to Sunday 10:45 am to 4 pm
  • Guided Tours offered at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm
    • To reserve tour tickets for a particular time, reservations are strongly advised. Reservations are available online up to 12 hours in advance. Please arrive at the Visitor Center at least 10 minutes before the tour begins. Latecomers will not be able to join a guided tour. Same-day tour tickets are available in the Visitor Center on a first-come-first-served basis.

Explore-at-Your-Own-Pace hours will resume in the Spring of 2020.

Admission prices change seasonally

  • From November 8 through December 15, tickets are $12 for General Admission, and $10 for Seniors 62+ and National Park pass holders.
  • From May through September, tickets are $14 for General Admission, and $12 for Seniors 62+ and National Park pass holders.
  • During our peak season in October, tickets are $16 for General Admission, and $14 for Seniors 62+ and National Park pass holders.
  • Admission is always free for Thomas Cole Site members and visitors under the age of 16.

Please see for upcoming special events.

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If you have additional questions, please email or call 518.943.7465 Monday through Friday.

Meet Thomas Cole

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

Seasonal Activities

Visit the New Studio Special Exhibition

Our annual special exhibition is presented in the New Studio from May through October. Entrance is included in the price of a Guided Tour or Explore-at-Your-Own-Pace ticket. As the New Studio is not part of the 45 minute Guided Tour, visitors are invited to see the show before or after the tour.


What are Guided Tours?

Guided Tours are offered at select times only outlined in the schedule above. Led by professional Educators, tours start on the hour, last 45 minutes, and are limited to 12 visitors. Walk-in tickets are available on a first-come-first served basis. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Please arrive at least 10 minutes in advance.


What is Explore-at-Your-Own-Pace?

Explore-at-Your-Own-Pace is offered at select times only outlined in the schedule above. It includes access to the entire campus: 1815 Main House, Cole’s 1839 Old Studio, Cole’s reconstructed 1846 New Studio, and all special exhibitions. These historic spaces may be explored at your own pace, with professional Educators on hand to answer questions. Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the museum closes, but we recommend that you allow at least one hour to fully enjoy your visit.


Reserving your Ticket

We recommend that visitors reserve guided tour tickets in advance by clicking on the calendar on this page. 

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 at least seven days in advance. No changes or cancellations may be made on the day of your visit.


Group Information

Information on group visits can be found here.

Information on school group visits can be found here. 

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