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. Friday, Saturday, and 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 30 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.
The first major project of Olana’s award-winning landscape plan has begun, and you get to see it in action. We’re under construction! For that reason, please allow additional time before your tour begins. We look forward to your visit.
Historic Landscape Tours
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.
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.
Historic Electric Carriage and Walking Landscape Tours will return June 1, 2018.
The House at Olana, tour
Main Floor with Studio Wing, 45-60 minutes
May 25 until June 16th, 2018
Friday – Sunday, 10am-4pm, last tour starts promptly at 4pm
The house tour from November through mid June 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.
$8 senior (62+) and student with ID;
Free to children up to 12 years old and members of The Olana Partnership
GUIDED: Combined Main Floor with Studio Wing, Second Floor with Sharp Gallery Tour, 60-80 minutes returns June 17, 2018
SELF-GUIDED: Combined Main Floor with Studio Wing, Second Floor with Sharp Gallery Tour, 60-80 minutes returns June 17, 2018
Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery
Reopening June 17, 2018.
The landscape, designed by Frederic Church, offers an extensive network of carriage drives to explore the magnificent view of the Hudson River and surroundings. While we don’t have a cafe or food service at Olana, we encourage you to bring a picnic. We have some picnic tables, but many prefer to lay a picnic blanket out at one of our excellent scenic views for the best al fresco dining anywhere.
Daily, 8am to sunset, year-round
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. This season the Museum Store is happy to announce we are now a Taste of NY vendor! While we don’t have a cafe or food service on site, you can now pick up a variety of things grown or made in New York State. We have a range of snacks and drinks and other food stuffs that make great eating and great gifts too.
Days and Hours:
March 30 – June 17, 2018
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10am-4pm (Closed Easter Sunday)
June 19 – November 25, 2018
Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm
Coachman’s House Reading Room
May 15 – November 30
The Coachman’s House is open for exploration when you visit Olana. Once the home of the Church’s carriage driver, the space is now home to a reading room, a peaceful spot where you can learn and relax while you wait for a tour or program to start. There are comfortable chairs, lots of books and articles, and even some cool activities for children. Stop by during your visit out this season, and leave time to read about Church and Olana.
Tuesday-Sunday | 10AM – 4PM | Location: Adjacent to the Museum Store | FREE | All Ages
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. The form is submitted electronically and reservations are filled in the order the forms are received. Expect a reply by email to your form submission to work out the details and confirm the tour.
Off season, we welcome large group tours Friday thru Sunday. In season, Tuesday through Friday 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. School Groups take the majority of the mornings in late April, all of May and early June. October can fill up two or three months ahead of time, so please book asap.
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. The lift dimensions are 33 inches wide and 46 inches deep. 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.