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Visit Olana in the Hudson Valley: 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 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.  Admission to the main house at Olana is by guided tour only except on certain weekends as noted 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.

PLEASE NOTE: TOURS ARE EXTREMELY POPULAR.  TO ENSURE YOUR SPACE ON A TOUR PLEASE MAKE A RESERVATION.

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Rebecca Ganellen-Landscape Tours

Historic Landscape Tours

Guided Electric Carriage Landscape Tour
Traverse the landscape in an electric carriage; guided tour of 5 miles of historic carriage roads; approximately 1 hour.

May 26 – November 5, 2017
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:30am: Electric Carriage Only | $25 (including, Members, Seniors 62+ and Students)
2:30pm: Combo Electric Carriage/House Tour | Member: $25, Non-Member: $35

Meet near Visitor Center, signage marks starting place.
Walk-ins welcome, but not guaranteed. Maximum: 5 persons
This tour is great for certain types of limited mobility; please contact our staff to assist you with your special needs at education@olana.org. Due to safety reasons, children ages 12 and under are prohibited.

About: This guided tour of Olana’s artist-designed landscape covers most of Frederic Church’s 250-acre composition and spans more than 150 years of history. The route circles Olana’s hilltop for 360-degree views, circles the lower lake, ascends Crown Hill, passes through the farm complex, and up the North Road switchback route. Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church’s original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana’s ongoing preservation story.


Guided Walking Landscape Tour
Ridge Road, South Road + New Approach Road; guided tour of 1.5 miles of Olana’s upper carriage roads; approximately 1 hour

May 26 – November 5, 2017
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
12:30pm: Walking Tour

Tickets:
Individual: $12
Senior (62+)/Student with valid ID: $10
Members/Children under 12: Free

Tour meets near Olana Visitor Center, signage marks starting place near parking lot staircase. Audio headsets are available.
Maximum: 20 persons

About: This guided walking tour circles the upper hilltop to include far-reaching 360-degree views. It combines facts about Frederic Church and his large-scale naturalistic design of Olana, as well as recent efforts to restore Olana’s landscape and protect its viewshed. Topics include the historic carriage road system, native woodlands and meadows, the Hudson River, the farm, the constructed lake, Church’s original painting studio, architectural elements, and Olana’s ongoing preservation story.


Self-Guided Digital Landscape Tour
Ridge Road, South Road + New Approach Road; self-guided tour of 1.5 miles of graded gravel historic carriage roads; approximately 1 hour
Year-Round. Available on your mobile device. Free guest WiFi is available at the Visitor Center.
Map + brochure are available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Price: Free

About: Learn about the history and ongoing historic restoration of Olana’s artist designed landscape. Imagine walking inside a Frederic Church painting. While you learn a myriad of facts you will be inspired on Church’s many historic carriage roads. The tour can be listened to anywhere, but to follow along with the geography, please start at the historic map at the bottom of the parking lot stairway. We suggest wearing good walking shoes.

TO START YOUR TOUR, CLICK HERE.

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The House at Olana, tours

May 19 to October 29, 2017:

GUIDED: Combined Main Floor with Studio Wing, Second Floor with Sharp Gallery Tour, 60-80 minutes

Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, except certain weekends 2:30 – 4 pm (see below).

All guests require a ticket for entry. 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. This tour includes several steep flights of stairs and includes a look at portions of the servants’ quarters outfitted with interpretive panels that describe the bustle of activity required to maintain the Church family’s lifestyle. On the second floor, visitors enter the spacious Stair Hall Landing and from there can view Frederic and Isabel Church’s bedroom suite and Ombra bedroom. The Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery, also upstairs, will feature Overlook: Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana.

SELF GUIDED: Combined Main Floor with Studio Wing, Second Floor with Sharp Gallery tours

July 1st to October 29th 2017, plus 27 & 28 May 2017 (Memorial Day Weekend), on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30-4:30 pm. Last entrance at 4 pm.

All guests require a ticket for entry. 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. This tour includes several steep flights of stairs. On the second floor, visitors enter the spacious Stair Hall Landing and from there can view Frederic and Isabel Church’s bedroom suite and Ombra bedroom. The Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery, also upstairs, will feature Overlook: Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana.

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

November 3, 2017 to May 2018:

Main Floor with Studio Wing, 45-60 minutes

Friday – Sunday, 11am-3pm, last tour starts promptly at 3pm

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.

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

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Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery

The Olana Partnership is pleased to announce the 2017 featured exhibition, “OVERLOOK” a groundbreaking installation by Artist Teresita Fernández.  Working with Guest Curator Sara Meadows, Fernández draws from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and the Olana Collection to reexamine Frederic Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes experienced during their Latin American travels.  “OVERLOOK” features The Olana Partnership’s largest loan exhibition with 55 works from CPPC including “Penetrable” by Jesus Rafael Soto which will be sited within Olana’s designed historic landscape and 18 site specific works by Fernández.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernández’s response and draw their own conclusions through this thought provoking site-specific installation.

To learn more about this exhibition click here.

 

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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.

Hours:
Daily, 8am to sunset, year-round

Admission:
Free

To download our Landscape Map click here.

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Visitor Center and Museum Store

The Visitor Center offers ticket purchases and a film. The Museum Store stocks a wide range of unique, handmade, and custom merchandise inspired by Frederic Church’s art and the exotic furnishings of his home.

Hours:
May 19-October 26, 2017, Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm.
November 5, 2017-mid May 2018, Friday through Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Admission:
Free

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Coachman’s House Gallery

While waiting for your tour, please visit the Coachman’s House Gallery which has been transformed into a Visitor Reading Room this season.  Take a book or article off the shelf to learn more about Frederic Edwin Church and our current exhibition OVERLOOK.  There are building blocks and drawing materials for the young and young at heart. A great place to cool off and relax before your tour!

Hours: 
Open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday |  June – November  | 10am – 5pm

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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.

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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.

Fees:
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.

Accessibility

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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