Olana Tours for Individuals and Families
Olana’s landscape is free and open to all, every day of the year from 8:00 to sunset! Entry to the Historic house is by ticket only.
October Tour Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 3:45 PM
November Tour Hours
Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Please note the Main House will be closed on Thursday 11/2 and Thursday 11/16. Tours not offered Thanksgiving Day.
Tickets are made available for sale on the first day of the previous month.
When booking multiple tours, please be sure to leave at least 30 minutes between each tour. We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour to allow time for parking and check-in.
Olana State Historic Site has received Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award. Visitor feedback has placed Olana among the TOP 10% OF ATTRACTIONS WORLDWIDE!
Olana was also voted “Best Historic Site” in the Albany Times-Union “Best of the Valley” poll.
This guided, one mile-long walking tour provides an introduction to Olana’s naturalistic, designed landscape and to Frederic Church’s work as an artist, landscape designer, and environmental visionary. Read More
The Olana Electric Vehicle tour is the ultimate Olana experience. This guided driving tour, along 5 miles of Frederic Church’s designed carriage roads, provides the most comprehensive exploration of Olana as a 250-acre masterwork of American landscape design. Experience river and mountain views, journey around the lake, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Church’s designed farm and park. End your journey along the original historic approach road, taking in the exterior architecture of the Historic House just as guests of Frederic Church once did. Limit 5 passengers per vehicle. Read More
This 45-minute guided tour provides an introduction to Frederic Church’s home at Olana. Approach and enter the Historic House as guests of the Church family did, experiencing sweeping views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. Explore the art-filled, lavishly decorated public rooms of the first floor, including Church’s painting studio and learn about the work and life of America’s preeminent landscape artist. This tour is fully ADA accessible. For a complete Olana experience, pair this tour with a guided walking tour of the artist-designed landscape at Olana. Be sure to leave at least 30 minutes in between tours. Read More
The complete Olana touring experience in one package! This two-hour combination tour begins with a 60-minute guided walk through Frederic Church’s artist-designed landscape, followed by a complete tour of both floors of the Main House, as well as a viewing of our special exhibition “Terraforming: Olana’s Historic Photography Collection Unearthed.” This tour involves uneven terrain and... Read More
Enhance your experience at Olana with this guided exploration of some of the private spaces of Olana’s Main House, including a visit to our special exhibition, “Terraforming: Olana’s Historic Photography Collection Unearthed”. Explore the Church family quarters, which features several of Church’s own works, from the perspective of family members and intimate guests. This season’s special exhibition focuses on a subset of Frederic Church’s remarkable collection of 19th-century travel photographs, many never before seen by the public. Curated by contemporary artist David Hartt, “Terraforming” explores what this global photographic collection tells us about Church’s painting practice, travels and ways of experiencing the world. Read More
Enhance your experience at Olana with this 30-minute guided exploration of our special exhibition, “Spectacle: Frederic Church and the Business of Art.” Journey into one of Church’s most famous works, “The Heart of the Andes,” through a stunning immersive film designed to showcase the artist’s immense panoramic views in a new way. Read More
Offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. Discover the treasures of Olana’s Historic House interior at your own pace. This self-guided tour allows visitors full access to all the public rooms on the first and second floors of the Main House. A knowledgeable interpreter will be available in each room. Your timed ticket includes a guided walk to the Main House followed by self-guided exploration of the interior. Start time is listed on your ticket. Last ticketed entry at 3:45 PM. House closes promptly at 4:30 PM. Read More
All private tours begin in the historic landscape and continue into the Main House to experience the historic interiors. These custom tours are led by knowledgeable staff members of The Olana Partnership and will operate outside of regular public touring hours. Private tours are available on weekdays only for up to 6 people. Requests for private tours should be made a minimum of a week in advance. Monday-Friday: Free for members of The Olana Partnership at the Crown Hill Circle level ($600) and above.If you would like information about customizing your own private tour of Olana, please email email@example.com.