Preview the Site
Follow the Thomas Cole National Historic Site


Purchase Your Ticket Ahead of TimeView from the Thomas Cole site. Photo by Peter Aaron

During busy times our tours can sell out. To reserve your preferred date and time, we are pleased to offer the option of purchasing your tickets ahead of time. This option gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your place is reserved before you arrive.

Online ticketing guidelines:

Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your tour time. This will give you enough time to check in and watch the 15-minute introductory film before your tour begins. In order to provide the best experience for everyone, we are not able to let visitors join a tour that is already in progress.

Tickets are for a specific date and time and can not be used for any other date or time.  If you find that you are unable to make your appointed tour time, you may purchase a new ticket for your preferred date and time. Tickets are not changeable and are non-refundable.

Online ticket sales must be made at least 1 full day (24 hours) in advance. If you purchase tickets any closer to your chosen tour date, we will not have time to receive and process the transaction and our staff will have no record of your purchase when you arrive. 

There are two ways to visit the site, by guided tour or a self-guided visit at your own pace:

How to Explore the Site

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Main House, the special exhibition, and Cole's Old Studio are available Tuesday through Sunday.  Tours run about 50 minutes and are limited to 12 guests at a time. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, guided tours are offered on the hour starting at 10 am, and the last tour departs at 4 pm. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, tours are offered at 10, 11, 12 and 1 pm, and there is self-guided touring (explore at your own pace) from 2 to 5 pm. Please arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the guided tour you wish to attend. You may purchase tickets in person or online.

Explore at Your Own Pace 

In the afternoons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm, the Main House, the special exhibition, and Cole's Old Studio may be explored at your own pace, with guides on hand to answer questions.  Please note that the museum closes at 5 pm; therefore last admission will be at 4:30 pm. We recommend, however, that you allow at least one hour for your visit. Online ticketing for "Explore at Your Own Pace" is temporarily unavailable. Please purchase your tickets in the Visitor Center.


Admission & Tickets  

Guided tours and exploring at your own pace both require a ticket, which may be purchased in person at the Visitor Center or in advance online. If in person, plan to purchase your guided tour ticket at least 30 minutes prior to the tour you wish to attend. We do not accept phone reservations. Admission to the grounds, visitor center, and gift shop is free of charge.