Things to See and Do


See exhibitions of 19th-century masterpiece paintings

Critically-acclaimed special exhibitions of American landscape painting from the 19th century.

EXHIBITIONS

Immerse Yourself in The Parlors

Digital storytelling installations infuse the historic spaces with Cole’s own words and images.

THE PARLORS

Discover Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole

Our annual exhibition series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” features artist-driven installations of contemporary art throughout the historic house and grounds.

EXHIBITIONS

Join a Guided Tour

Museum Educators lead 45-minute guided tours of Thomas Cole’s 1815 Main House and 1839 Old Studio.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Explore at Your Own Pace

General admission to explore the historic buildings and grounds on your on schedule.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Experience Cole’s Studio Space

Thomas Cole painted some of his greatest works in the 1839 Old Studio that houses his original paint brushes and giant easels.

OLD STUDIO

Visit the Gift Shop in the 1839 Storehouse

The gift shop offers a curated selection on speciality publications, custom merchandise, and curated items for kids, artists, nature-lovers, readers, travelers, and more.

SHOP

Take a Stroll in the Garden

In front of the 1815 Main House is a perennial garden that features plants and flowers that were observed in letters and newspaper accounts of the Cole Family Garden.

GARDEN & GROUNDS

Enjoy the View from the Main House Porch

Take in the sweeping view of the Catskill Mountains from the Main House porch. This is the view that Thomas Cole painted more than any other subject.

Step into a Landscape Painting

Maps and directions to the places in nature that Thomas Cole and his fellow Hudson River School artists painted.

HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL ART TRAIL

Learn from Leading Thinkers

Lectures with leading scholars from across the country on American art and landscape.

EVENTS 

VIDEO ARCHIVE 

Arrange a School Visit

We use Thomas Cole’s art and writing and creative activites to teach curriculum themes.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Attend a Special Event

Celebrate exhibition openings, art festivals, and parties.

EVENTS 

Supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

Select photos by Zio & Sons.

Select photos by Peter Aaron/ OTTO

rootThings to See and Do