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 or calling (518) 828-0135 during business hours. Admission to the main house at Olana is by guided tour only. Please arrive 30 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.
Admission to house by guided tours only. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged as the tours are full on weekends and especially from April through October. Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour starts. Unclaimed tickets will be made available to other visitors on site and waiting.
Please use online reservations or call (518) 828-0135 to select your tour date and reserve the tours.
The House (Guided Tours)
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 exhibition in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery.
May 1 – 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).
$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, 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
$5 per vehicle on Weekends/Holidays during April – October. Free all other times.
Free for members of The Olana Partnership or holders of the Empire Passport
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 10am-5pm.
Included with grounds access
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
Included with grounds access.
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 or call (518) 828-0135 x305.
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.
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.