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 link below (preferred) or on the day of the tour by calling (518) 828-0135 during business hours.  Admission to the main house at Olana is by guided tour only with the exception of the self-guided touring times listed below.  Please arrive and purchase your tickets at least 20 minutes before the tour starts. 15 minutes before each tour, unclaimed tickets will be made available to other visitors on site and waiting. All hours and fees are subject to change.

Click here to Book a Tour.

Click here for Directions.


The House (Guided & Self-Guided Tours)

Main Floor with Studio Wing Tour, 45-60 minutes
The house tour from November through mid May includes the main floor and studio wing. Richly decorated with paintings and collections, Church’s 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.

November 1, 2015-May 14, 2016: Friday – Sunday, 11am-3pm, last tour starts promptly at 3pm

Main Floor with Studio Wing Tour:

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

Summer Season:

Main Floor with Studio Wing & Second Floor with Gallery Tour, 60-75 minutes
During the summer season, the guided tour begins at the visitor center, with a short walk along the carriage drive (weather permitting) and includes the second floor, with Frederic and Isabel Church’s bedroom suite and the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery.

May 15-October 30, 2016

Guided Tours
Tuesday- Friday, 10am-5pm, last tour starts promptly at 4pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm, last tour starts promptly at 1pm

Self-guided Tours
Saturday-Sunday, 2pm-4pm, last entry is promptly at 3:30pm

Main Floor with Studio Wing and Second Floor with Gallery Tour:

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


Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery

The Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery member opening is May 14, 2016. The public opening is May 15, 2016.

Capturing the Cosmos, the 2016 exhibition in the Sharp Family Gallery, explores the great German Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt’s influence on Frederic Church. Acclaimed and revered during his own lifetime, Humboldt is currently enjoying a renaissance due to the recent award-winning biography, The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf, who will be lecturing and writing for the exhibition. Humboldt’s writings prompted Church’s South American adventures, inspired the resulting masterpieces that made him an internationally famous, and informed Church’s later trips to the Bavarian Lakes and Mexico. Sketches, diaries and artifacts from these trips trace Church’s efforts to capture Humboldt’s Cosmos.


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.

November 1-April 2016, Friday through Sunday from 10-4pm.



Coachmen’s House Gallery

The Coachmen’s House Gallery is currently closed.


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 have in mind the date and total numbers of persons for the tour before filling out the large group house tour form that can be accessed here. Tuesday through Thursday is best for guided tours. Self-guided tours can be arranged for Saturdays and Sundays. May and June tour times fill up in March and April. August and October can fill up two or three months ahead of time, so please book asap.


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.

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