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 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission to the main house at Olana is by guided tour only. 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.
NEW THIS SEASON!
The Landscape (Self-Guided Tours)
Self-Guided Digital Landscape Tour
Ridge Road, South Road + New Approach Road; self-guided tour of 1.5 miles of carriage roads; approximately 1 hour
Available on your mobile device.
Free guest WiFi is available at the Visitor Center.
Map + brochure are available in the Visitor Center with proof of purchase.
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 carriage roads. This tour will take a little over one hour and requires walking about 1.5 miles on slightly graded gravel pleasure 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. Have good walking shoes and perhaps a water bottle with you before your start the tour.
Also, please be conscious of your device volume and other hikers in your vicinity who might be enjoying the views. Headphones are encouraged when available.
TO START YOUR TOUR, CLICK HERE.
The House at Olana, tours
November 1, 2016 to May 13, 2017 :
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.
$8 senior (62+) and student with ID;
Free to children up to 12 years old and members of The Olana Partnership
Exhibit Opening Day, Sunday May 14: Guided tours from 10 am to 1 pm and self-guided tours from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Both will include the house and exhibit.
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.
$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 is currently closed and will reopen in Spring 2017.
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
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.
October 31, 2016-mid May 2017, Friday through Sunday from 10am-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.
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.