Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua Institution is a 750-acre expanse in Western New York on the shores of Chautauqua Lake that comes alive with activity during a nine-week season each summer.

Over the course of a season, over 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in the outstanding programs, events, lectures and activities offered in the arts, education, religion and recreation areas.

Each of the nine weeks during the summer carries a theme that is developed throughout the week in various venues. The hallmark event is the 10:45 a.m. lecture series, held Monday through Friday in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater, where distinguished speakers explore contemporary issues and engage the audience in a lively Q&A session.

While people visit Chautauqua Institution for all different lengths of stay—ranging from a daily lecture or evening performance to an overnight, multiple weeks or a even a full-season stay—the most popular length of stay on the grounds is one week. This is somewhat influenced by the weekly lecture themes, enrollment requirements for the various day camp programs for children, and accommodations alternatives.


Step 1: Accommodations

Finding accommodations should be your first priority when planning a visit to Chautauqua. Gate passes and tickets do not go on sale until January and never sell out. Accommodations however, can fill up long before gate passes even go on sale. 

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Step 2: Tickets and Passes

To enter the Institution grounds, a gate ticket is required for all visitors ages 13 to 90; a youth ticket is available for ages 13 to 25.

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Step 3: Register for Classes and Programs

Special Studies
Whatever educational experience you are seeking, Chautauqua’s Special Studies program continues to create distinct new learning opportunities for the 10,000 lifelong learners that enroll in courses each summer.

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Additional Information

Classes vary by week, and a weekly index of classes is
provided in the Special Studies Catalog.

Youth Programs
Learn about various youth activities/programs on the grounds.Full Article

Getting Around the Grounds
Chautauqua is a walking community with narrow streets and traffic noise concerns, the use of automobiles on the grounds is very restricted.Full Article

Handicapped Accessibility
We work very hard to accommodate those needs by offering a number of options to help with accessibility. Full Article

Helpful Hints
Frequently Asked Questions Full Article

Regional Attractions
Tour Chautauqua County Full Article

55+ / Road Scholar
The Chautauqua Institution's 55+ programs were founded in 1974 by Helen Overs and remain an important component of the Chautauqua experience. Each program presents a topic through lecture, discussion, films or other appropriate means. Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over. Full Article


We are here to help

If you have a question about any aspect of your trip to Chautauqua, we have knowledgeable staff members ready to assist you.

Ticket Office
Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(716) 357-6250

Chautauqua Institution
P.O. Box 28
1 Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, NY 14722