Tours of the main house at Olana are very popular, so reservations are highly recommended.  Reservations can be made by clicking on the Book a Tour button below (preferred) or calling (518) 828-0135 during business hours.  Admission to the main house at Olana is by guided tour only except on Saturday’s self-guided touring time from 2-5pm.  Please arrive and purchase your tickets 20 minutes before the tour starts. Unclaimed tickets will be made available to other visitors on site and waiting. All hours and fees are subject to change.

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A free on-off shuttle is being offered on Saturdays June 6-October 31 to view the 2015 exhibition “River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home” in conjunction with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

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Guided Tours

Admission to house by guided tours only except on Saturday’s self-guided tours from 2-5pm. Advanced ticket reservation is encouraged as the tours are full on weekends and especially from April through October. Please arrive and purchase your tickets 20 minutes before the tour starts. Unclaimed tickets will be made available to other visitors on site and waiting no more than 15 minutes before each tour.

Please use online reservations (preferred) or call (518) 828-0135 to select your tour date and reserve the tours.

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The House (Guided Tours)

60-75 minutes
The house tour starts with the main floor and the studio, richly decorated with paintings and collections, Eastern-inspired home illustrates the story of Olana’s creation and its importance to Church and his family as a place of refuge and inspiration. During the summer season, the tour begins at the visitor center, with a short walk along the carriage drive and includes the second floor, with Frederic and Isabel Church’s bedroom suite and the open storage in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery.

May 3 – November 1, 2015: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm, last tour starts promptly at 4pm except Saturday afternoons from 2-5pm when the house will be open for visiting at your own pace (self-guided touring). Self-Guided Touring begins at 2pm each Saturday with the last tickets sold at 4:15pm and the last entrance at 4:30pm.

Combined Main Floor and Second Floor Tour:

$12 adult;
$10 senior (62+) and student with ID;
Free children up to 12 years old and members of The Olana Partnership

Main Floor and Studio Tour, Self-Guided Touring Saturdays 2-5pm, and select Holiday Mondays (Memorial and Labor Day)

$9 adult;
$8 senior (62+) and student with ID;
Free children up to 12 years old and members of The Olana Partnership


Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery

May 3-November 1, 2015, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm except for Saturdays 2-5pm during self-guided touring.


The Landscape

The landscape, designed by Frederic Church, offers an extensive network of carriage drives to explore the magnificent view of the Hudson River and surroundings.

Daily, 8am to sunset, year-round


To download our Landscape Map click here.


Visitor Center and Museum Store

The Visitor Center offers a film and an illustrated panel display about the life of Frederic Church and the history of Olana. The Museum Store stocks a wide range of goods inspired by Frederic Church’s art and the exotic furnishings of his home.

May 1-November 1, 2015, Tuesday through Sunday from 9:40am-5pm.



Coachmen’s House Gallery

The Coachmen’s House Gallery hosts a contemporary exhibition annually.

June 6- August 29; Every Saturday and Sunday, 1-4pm only
September 1-November 2; Daily Tuesday- Sunday, 10-5pm



Large Group Tours

Reservations are for groups of 10 persons or more. We prefer that group reservations be made at least one month in advance of the visit. We ask that groups arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour reservation time to pick up and distribute their reserved tickets and to allow time for the group to assemble. A complimentary pass is available for the driver and tour leader with group tours.

Please contact the Large Group Coordinator for tour reservation or additional information. Email is preferred or call (518) 828-0135 x305. Before contacting us, please have an idea of the date, time, and the total possible number of persons for the tour. It’s easiest to book large groups into Self-Guided Touring on Saturdays, ideally within the 2:30 to 4:00pm range. Otherwise, mid week from Tuesday through Thursday works well too.


School Tours

Olana’s programs provide an opportunity to engage the imagination, encourage creativity and explore the tenets of art, architecture, language arts and the environment. Explore the lives of the people who lived at Olana, the history of the 19th century and the Hudson River School. On-site and outreach programs are available by advance reservation made at least two weeks prior to the program.

Please contact the education department by Email or call (518) 828-1872 x 109.

Site visit: $2/child; one chaperone free for every 10 children; $9/adult
Outreach: $50/class of 30 students

For more information about school tours click here.

The collection of old master paintings is on view in the Dining Room. Photograph by Andy Wainwright.


Olana is accessible to people with mobility limitations and other types of accessibility concerns. We are constantly working to make the visit comfortable for all visitors.

Visitors using wheelchairs may participate in the Main Floor and Studio tour. A lift can provide access to the main floor. Please request assistance at the Visitor Center at the time of ticket purchase. The Combined Main Floor & Second Floor Tour includes several steep flights of stairs. Alternate access is available via computer stations in the Visitor Center to view a video showing the upper floors of the house. The Visitor Center and restrooms are also accessible.

For visitors who are hearing impaired:
The orientation film, “Frederick Church’s Olana” with closed-caption, can be viewed at the Visitor Center. A booklet describing the rooms of the house is also available.

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