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., Tuesday-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
Guided Electric Carriage Landscape Tour
Traverse the landscape in an electric carriage; guided tour of 5 miles of historic carriage roads; approximately 1 hour.
June 1 – November 6, 2018
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
12:30pm: Electric Carriage Only | $25 (including, Members, Seniors 62+ and Students)
2:30pm: Combo Electric Carriage/House Tour | Member: $25, Non-Member: $35
Meet near Visitor Center, signage marks starting place.
Walk-ins welcome, but not guaranteed. Maximum: 5 persons
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. Due to safety reasons, children ages 12 and under are prohibited.
About: 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. 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, the constructed lake, Church’s original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana’s ongoing preservation story.
Guided Walking Landscape Tour
Ridge Road, South Road + New Approach Road; guided tour of 1.5 miles of Olana’s upper carriage roads; approximately 1 hour
June 1 – November 6, 2018
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:30am: Walking Tour
Senior (62+)/Student with valid ID: $10
Members/Children under 12: Free
Tour meets near Olana Visitor Center, signage marks starting place near parking lot staircase. Audio headsets are available.
Maximum: 30 persons
About: This guided walking tour 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 the historic carriage road system, native woodlands and meadows, the Hudson River, the farm, the constructed lake, Church’s original painting studio, architectural elements, and Olana’s ongoing preservation story.
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.
The House at Olana, tour
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.
June 19-November 25, 2018
Tuesday- Sunday, 10am-5pm, last tour starts promptly at 4pm (see exceptions under Self-guided Tours)
Saturday-Sunday, 2:30pm-4:30pm, last entry is promptly at 4pm
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
The richly decorated home of Frederic Church will be open for tours Tuesday-Sunday until November 25. Beginning November 30 we are open Friday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, last tour is promptly at 3pm.
Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery
This season’s exhibition, Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana, highlights the historic costumes Frederic Church collected in the mid-19th century from the Middle East. On view June 17-November 25, 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:
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.