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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
+1 518-943-7465
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Counterpoint to Olana

Like Olana, the Cole House faced a very dim future before its rescue. The last few years have seen... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Midland Park, NJ
Incredible setting -- and I learned so much.

This small museum has a wealth of information, beautifully presented, about Thomas Cole -- the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Princeton, NJ
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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 tour the grounds, see rotating exhibitions of Hudson River School art, and learn about the life of Thomas Cole.
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218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
+1 518-943-7465
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like Olana, the Cole House faced a very dim future before its rescue. The last few years have seen huge improvements that are ongoing. The new studio building is a showcase on its own.

Thank NJTraveler264
Reviewed 1 week ago

This small museum has a wealth of information, beautifully presented, about Thomas Cole -- the father of the Hudson River School of Art. The short film about his life was well done. In one room, there was a fun exhibit of letters between Cole and...More

Thank tennisinNewJersey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thomas Cole was one of America's most important landscape painters in the 19th century and a visit to his home is a must see. His home (Cedar Grove) is an important piece of the Hudson River Artist Trail and can easily be combined with a...More

Thank cavdog72
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped at Kaaterskill Falls to take photos and read about the artist trail - decided to go the Cole site - WOW - so happy we did. The grounds are beautiful and we had no idea what we would see - the New studio had...More

1  Thank Beth R
Reviewed 17 June 2017

My husband and I are art appreciators and enjoy American landscape painting. Thomas Cole is an important painter in the Hudson River School so we were interested in seeing his home and studio. The house is beautifully situated on a hill near the river and...More

1  Thank sundown_10
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Perhaps because my wife and I just came from Olana (Fredrick Church's much more beautiful and interesting house) across the river we found Thomas Cole National Historic Site lackluster. When we arrived the guided tours were done for the day, so we had to tour...More

Thank ElGreco75
Reviewed 27 May 2017

On a recent girls' weekend trip we opted to visit the Thomas Cole Historical House. We purchased our tickets ahead of time for the group rate. Very interesting short video, a small gift shop and a wonderful docent gave us a tour of the house...More

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 21 January 2017

As an old art history student, this was a pilgrimage for me--here in the morning and nearby Olana in the afternoon. Context always helps, seeing the house where Thomas Cole lived and painted the earliest important landscape paintings in our country ("The Hudson River School")....More

Thank mrsagf
Reviewed 13 January 2017

This is a great place to spend a couple of hours and soak up knowledge about the Hudson River School of Artists. Great views from the house. Movie is interesting. You learn a lot and it is very close to the Hudson/Catskill Bridge.

Thank VacaCouple2014
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Great place to see the beginning of America landscape painting wonderful views from the porch. Don't miss the tour, very knowledge people , volunteers there.

Thank Edward G
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5 July 2017|
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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
30 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.