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Olana State Historic Site

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Just gorgeous on a sunny fall day

We loved our visit to Olana, as much for the opportunity to visit the home of an important American... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bookistan5
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Brooklyn, New York
can't beat the way they were.

Touring this fabulous former home now a museum facility, was a time warped experience . It's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sheila1946
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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Olana, a National Historic Landmark, is an icon of naturalistic landscape...more
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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Three of us visited Olana (which was taken over from ruin by the state under Rockefeller. If it was Cuomo's era, he would have bulldozed it and made it a bike path for votes). We took the tour and it was overwhelming. Love it so...More

5  Thank madogbill
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Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately, my elderly parents and I had to excuse ourselves and leave the tour in the first room. The group was treated like children, nagged about where to stand, women were told how to carry their purses and shuttled along like school children. A lifetime...More

14  Thank James K
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The home is nothing special. Neither grand or impressive. The short walk from the visitor center to the home was quite steep and difficult for many of the for elderly folks in our group.The tour was short and many rooms in the home were not...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our visit to Olana, as much for the opportunity to visit the home of an important American artist as to view the architecture and stunning landscape. You must take a tour to enter the house, and our guide was very good - knowledgeable...More

Thank Bookistan5
Reviewed 1 week ago

Touring this fabulous former home now a museum facility, was a time warped experience . It's setting on Hudson was over the top, views from every angle. The craftmanship and all the attention to detail in the dwelling left me breathless. They sure knew how...More

1  Thank sheila1946
Reviewed 1 week ago

First, the tours do sell out so book as soon as you know you want to go. We weren't that smart, but we went anyway and were able to get in, maybe they had cancellations? Second, if you are a NY resident there is a...More

Thank RooneyHouston
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyable and informative tour through an authentically preserved home. Beautiful views of the Hudson through many windows and doorways which open into the fresh air. Not overly stuffy, you can imagine living there yourself. The tour guides are friendly and knowledgable. Don't forget to walk...More

Thank isistks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The grounds of Olana have sweeping views of the Hudson River to the west and surrounding valley to the east. The 1 1/2 hour guided electric cart tour of the grounds was a lovely way to experience the property and learn the history of Fredrick...More

1  Thank Texasgirl0915
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once you have experienced the sweeping vistas from Olona, you will no longer wonder what so inspired the Hudson River School of Painters, famed worldwide for their landscapes. We visited on a clear, crisp fall afternoon as the sun bathed the hills and golden leaves....More

1  Thank Sightseer692606
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Our one day available to visit Olana was threatening rain. We'd visited the house years earlier, and loved it, but were very surprised that the house tours were completely booked when we went online several days before our arrival. So instead, we reserved tickets for...More

Thank Meander808892
Reviewed 7 October 2018

It has been seven years since we first toured Olana. Now, in the afternoon, the tours are self-guided, which means you can linger in the rooms, asking questions of the docents as you wish. You are not rushed through, and can revisit rooms to really...More

Thank Jean L
Reviewed 6 October 2018

We enjoyed the view of the sunset over the Catskills and Hudson River! It was also exciting to view and experience the iconic outdoor sculpture, Penetrable by Soto.

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RosalindaG
30 October 2016|
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Response from EZReader | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can visit the grounds without booking a tour. The grounds are lovely.
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JTayj
27 August 2016|
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Response from Esther32 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk. Not a far ride though
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Caroline R
16 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes
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