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.
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The Landscape (Guided & Self-Guided Tours)
Guided Electric Vehicle Landscape Tour
Traverse the network of Carriage Roads in an electric vehicle; guided tour of 5 miles of carriage roads; approximately 1 hour
Friday and Sunday, 11:15am + 2:15pm
May 20 – November 8, 2016
Meet near Visitor Center, signage marks starting place.
Walk-ins welcome, but not guaranteed. Maximum: 5 persons
Senior (62+): $25
Student with valid ID: $25
Member of The Olana Partnership: $25
Due to safety reasons, children under the age of 8 are prohibited. This tour is great for certain types of limited mobility; please contact our staff to assist you with your special needs at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Following nearly 5 miles of Olana’s carriage road system and approximately one hour in duration, the tour is led by a knowledgeable guide who transports visitors in an electric open-air vehicle through Church’s naturalistic creation. 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 at Olana, the constructed lake, the historic road system, Church’s original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana’s ongoing preservation story through public and private support. It culminates with an arrival experience at the main house.
Guided Walking Landscape Tour
Ridge Road, South Road + New Approach Road; guided tour of 1.5 miles of carriage roads; approximately 1 hour
Tuesday and Saturday, 11:15am + 2:15pm
May 20 – November 8, 2016
Tour meets near Olana Visitor Center, signage marks starting place near parking lot staircase.
Maximum: 20 persons
Senior (62+): $10
Student with valid ID: $10
Children under 12: Free
Member of The Olana Partnership: Free
This guided walking tour covers some of the great highlights of Olana’s artist landscape and its integral viewshed. Approximately one mile in length and one hour in duration, a knowledgeable guide leads the group along Olana’s upper carriage roads. Audio headsets are used for an immersive experience. The tour begins near Olana’s Visitor Center and 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 Olana’s carriage road system, the native woodlands and meadows, the Hudson River, the farm at Olana, the constructed lake, Church’s original painting studio, architectural elements, and Olana’s ongoing preservation story through public and private support. The tour culminates with a heightened arrival experience at Olana’s main house.
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 (Guided & Self-Guided Tours)
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
Tuesday- Friday, 10am-5pm, last tour starts promptly at 4pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm, last tour starts promptly at 1pm
Saturday-Sunday, 2pm-4pm, last entry is promptly at 3:30pm
Main Floor with Studio Wing and Second Floor with Gallery Tour:
$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
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, 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.
May 15-October 30, 2016, Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm.
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.