Things to See and Do

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.

Discover The Parlors

Immerse yourself in The Parlors, a multimedia installation bringing Cole’s voice back into his historic home. Learn more.

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

Opening receptions for exhibitions, Community Day in September, and at other events during the year, enjoy live music, refreshments, art projects for kids and more. Learn more.

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

rootThings to See and Do