Private Tours

Private Indoor Guided Tours are available by advance appointment

Please email us for more information and to hire your tour guide as early as possible to secure your date of choice.

Availability of Private Indoor Tours is limited. Pease plan ahead.

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 loose 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 You can also leave us a message at 518-943-7465 ext. 102 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. For time-sensitive questions, please email us.

If you have any other questions, please email

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