Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua

Chautauqua is perhaps best known for its morning lecture series when the Amphitheater stage becomes the platform for distinguished speakers across a broad range of disciplines. Susan B. Anthony argued for women’s suffrage in 1892, and Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his "I Hate War" speech in 1936. Margaret Mead, Amelia Earhart, Thurgood Marshall, Freeman Dyson, Jane Goodall, Sandra Day O’Connor and Kurt Vonnegut have all spoken here.

Founded in 1874 as a training camp for Sunday school teachers, the Institution’s Christian tradition continues with Sunday through Friday morning worship services. There are daily Roman Catholic Masses and Saturday morning Jewish services. The Abrahamic Program endeavors to teach about and build relationships among the Family of Abraham: Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Plan to visit Chautauqua Institution and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Chautauqua attractions using our Chautauqua trip planner.
Create an itinerary including Chautauqua Institution
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Chautauqua Institution Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
443 reviews
  • There is a gate fee and an access fee which are partly covered by event tickets. (You get the access fee but not parking with your ticket.) Sundays both fees are waived before 2 PM. There are quite a ...  more »
  • This was our third year of spending a week at Chautauqua during the season and, as in the past two years, it was terrific. Listening to speakers from around the world, seeing top rate theatre, music, ...  more »
  • Ive had a relativley good experience here until today when some old geezers crossed the road when it wasnt time for them to go and when we where going the exact speed limit down the road the coots decided t9 thrust their chests and flip the bird at us!!!! What a bunch of coots such a great experience..... wait what was i talking about????
  • My family has been coming here for six generations!! There's nothing like it! I look forward to our next visit.

Plan your trip to Chautauqua

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Chautauqua

Duration: 2​h
Duration: 2​h

Side trips from Chautauqua

Duration: 8​h
Duration: 4​h
Duration: 1​h 30​min
Duration: 4​h