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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great tour

The house was interesting and the tour guide was great. She was so knowledgeable about the house... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amy W
Hartford, Connecticut
Looking off from his Porch

If you enjoy Hudson River School, landscapes or history what great small museum. So glad we took... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen B
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Thomas Cole (1801-1848) founded the Hudson River School as one of America's premier landscape painters. Cedar Grove, his home in the historic Catskill region, was named a National Historic Site in 1999 and is open to the public today. Visitors can...more
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218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
+1 518-943-7465
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The house was interesting and the tour guide was great. She was so knowledgeable about the house and the artist.

Thank Amy W
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you enjoy Hudson River School, landscapes or history what great small museum. So glad we took time this place.

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was surprised how much we enjoyed the Thomas Cole House. We had a great tour guide named Deborah and we very much enjoyed the audio-visuals that accompanied the tour. The grounds are lovely and it was just a very special place where we learned...More

1  Thank npensiero
Reviewed 16 August 2018

The introductory video in the visitor center and another once in the house provide good context for the visit. The docent met us on the porch of the house and led us through the rooms. It's too bad that there aren't more of his family's...More

Thank Bucky1836
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We made the time to drive up north. This is a historic site for an artist who did not accumulate wealth but achieved great recognition for his talent. Not a big home. Typical farm house that he rented space in and fell in love with...More

Thank Mitchell F
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Our docent/guide, Maddie, was just delightful. To bad she is going off to grad school in the fall! Maddie was quite informative, giving us a concise history of Thomas Cole, the Hudson Art School he founded, and his life on the estate. The home is...More

2  Thank mrmatt
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Home of wonderful artist Thomas Cole, great views, great tour guide! Definitely worth a visit if you are in area.

1  Thank moongirl
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The website recommends buying tickets in advance, as the group tours are only for 12 people to a group. Online sales had closed when I checked the evening before, so we stopped in at 10:45 to buy tickets for the 11:00 tour. That day a...More

1  Thank Landoryan
Reviewed 24 July 2018

We just visited the Thomas Cole House in Catskill, right before going to Olana NY State Historic Site across the river (wonderful pairing these two sites!). We are big fans of the Hudson River School of painters, so visiting the house and studios of Thomas...More

Thank William G
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Beautifully restored and situated Thomas Cole home including his original studio and a newly restored studio housing a special exhibition. Very knowledgeable guides in every room who know their stuff. Very inspiring to hear readings from his letters about the Hudson valley and “progress” changing...More

1  Thank Brooklyn478
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5 July 2017|
Response from Voyage718201 |
National Park pass holders get discounted admission. In 2017 the discount price is $12, which is $2 less than the regular price. This historic site is an affiliate of the National Park Service, but it is managed by an... More
31 May 2015|
Response from Betsy J | Property representative |
Hi, yes, you should allow about 90 minutes for the visit to the Thomas Cole site. You can easily visit Olana in the same day because they are only about two miles apart.