Olana is the home, studio and designed landscape of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) and his family. The 250 acre historic estate features a Persian-inspired mansion filled with original sketches, studies and paintings by Church.
A diverse decorative arts collection includes objects from around the world. Five miles of carriage drives traverse a property developed in much the way Church created his canvasses, with planned vistas of the Hudson River Valley.
Visitors to Olana enjoy guided house tours, view changing exhibits in the Evelyn & Maurice Sharp Gallery, hike, walk in the picturesque landscape, picnic, paint, photograph and take part in programs and special events for all ages. A self-guided walking tour of the landscape leads visitors to the Church’s first home on the property, the family’s farm and orchards, a lake created from swampland, the site of Church’s first studio at Olana and several planned views.
In the heart of the Hudson Valley there is no shortage of things to see and do. There are many historic homes, parks, lakes, festivals, outdoor sports and cultural attractions to take in. Shopping and art are big in Hudson. There are over 75 antique dealers, not to mention a variety of restaurants and charming retail shops. Artisan jewelry, handmade soaps and sweet confections may lure you from the manor. Theater, music and the art galleries along Warren Street continue the spirit of creative living that personifies Hudson.
The landscape, designed by Frederic Church, offers an extensive network of carriage drives to explore the magnificent view of the Hudson River and surroundings. Discover Olana’s beautiful landscape through the following self-guided tours.
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
Olana Landscape: Frederic Church’s Landscape
Discover Olana on your own pace with several self guided walking tours of the landscape including the carriage drives, the family’s farm and orchards, a lake created from swampland, the site of Church’s first studio at Olana and several planned views.
Click here for Olana’s Landscape Map.
Olana Nature: Lake Walk
Learn about pond life plants and animals with a walk around the lake at Olana. In the 1800s, Frederic Church had his swamp dredged to create this lake. Church viewed the lake as a reflecting pool which mirrored the nearby Hudson River. Despite being man-made, the lake and its surroundings are a complex and diverse ecosystem.
Click here for Olana’s Lake Walk Brochure, pdf format
Olana Nature: Meadow Walk
Learn about the life of a meadow. One of Frederic Church’s intentions in his landscape design of Olana was to create beautiful vistas and open areas that contrasted with deep forests. Meadows and clearings not only provide scenic views, but also are unique environments. This 1 mile walk will take you along the paved shale-surfaced Ridge Road and up South Road.
Click here for Olana’s Meadow Walk Brochure, pdf format
Olana Nature: Farm to Forest Walk
Experience the landscape of the farm and how it transitions to the forest. When the Churches lived at Olana, they used the land as an agricultural and livestock farm. After a long day, it was a relief to spend time in the deep forest nearby. You will learn how the farm is used today and experience the way this environment changes into dense forest as you walk toward the House. This ¾ mile walk will take you through the farm, into the forest and up to the House on shale roads.
Click here for Olana’s Farm to Forest Walk Brochure, pdf format
Discover Olana Landscape: An Interactive Family Guide
Discover Olana’s landscape through the fun and interactive family guide.
Click here for Olana’s Family Guide, pdf format
Staff archaeologists from the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites have conducted extensive excavations at Olana. Read about all of the interesting artifacts that they have discovered.
Click here for Olana’s Archeology Brochure, pdf format
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.
April 30 – October 27, Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm and Mondays from 12pm-4pm.
November 28, 2013-April 2014, Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-4pm.
Included with grounds access
Admission to the 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 others.
Please use online reservations or call (518) 828-0135.
1 hour 15 minutes
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, visitors will get the opportunities to enter the spacious Stair Hall Landing and from there can view Frederic and Isabel Church’s bedroom suite and Ombra room.
April 29, 2014 – May 26, 2014: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-3pm, last tour starts promptly at 3pm.
May 27, 2014 – October 26, 2014: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm, last tour starts promptly at 4pm.
October 27, 2014 – April 2015: Friday – Sunday, 11am-3pm, last tour starts promptly at 3pm.
$10 senior (62+) and student with ID;
Free children 12 and under or members of The Olana Partnership
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.
Gallery tours are offered only on Saturdays.
The Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery hosts changing exhibitions on Church’s art and life. Tour the current exhibition with Olana’s Curatorial Intern.
May 17, 2014-November 1, 2014: Saturdays, 12:15-4:15pm,
last tour starts promptly at 4:15pm
$8 senior (62+) and student with ID;
Free children 12 and under or members of The Olana Partnership
The Coachmen’s House Gallery hosts a contemporary exhibition annually.
Open daily June-November 2, 2014: 10am-5pm, self-guided
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 Site Manager for tour reservation or additional information. Email or call (518) 828-0135 x303.
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
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.