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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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The Dreariness Of The Tour Matched The Dreariness Of The House....

Visited on an overcast afternoon, which was a big mistake. The windows of the already dim rooms are... read more

Reviewed yesterday
WasOnce
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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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Beautiful grounds

Visiting friends and they brought us here to see the grounds did not do the inside tour. Just... read more

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Rowena K
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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 design, with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. Today, visitors can experience an array of activities, from meandering through the 250 acre artist designed landscape, to taking a tour of the house and surrounding landscape, to viewing the changing exhibitions both in the main house and a gallery devoted to contemporary photography. They can see a 17 minute award-winning video on the property and a permanent orientation exhibit. They can also participate in a variety of educational programs in the Wagon House Education Center, including a free backpack program that includes a variety of projects for children.
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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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+1 518-828-0135
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited on an overcast afternoon, which was a big mistake. The windows of the already dim rooms are always shaded and much of Church’s art work is in shadows in the corners, beyond the cordoned-off space for visitors. Instead of providing a solidly cohesive narrative/story...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visiting friends and they brought us here to see the grounds did not do the inside tour. Just walking the grounds and looking at the house is Lovely!!

Thank Rowena K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing views and an eclectic moorish influenced house create an interesting hour+ experience. Take the tour and enjoy the art and artifact collection-very interesting and a varied view of beauty in the collected works and items

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I haven’t been here since I was a kid. Not only do you get to see an amazing house and architecture but an art museum as well. Bring your camera because the views from the mountaintop are amazing. This place is great for families, couples,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to visit this historic site, but learned that the main house requires a ticket, which were sold out when we arrived (buy in advance!). The grounds were free to access and enjoy, though, so we made the most of that. Grounds are very...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

They have two types of house tours -- one is with a guide, the other is self guided. We took the self guided tour and was disappointed. Even though there were guides stationed in the rooms to answer questions it was hard to ask questions...More

Thank RoverPhiladelphia_PA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only do you have the opportunity to see a beautiful property and learn some history of the area, but the view is just wonderful. A must see if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found out about this place by accident. The mansion is beautiful. The location, the architecture, the furnishings were wonderful to see. The house looks just the way it did when Frederick Church lived there. they give a very informative tour. Well worth a visit....More

Thank Ricmar60
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day to take a tour inside a unique home with interesting history, legendary art and stupendous views. Too hot to write (100+) but will say, if one has the least bit of interest in American art, a stop here is imperative. If you're going...More

Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After visiting the Thomas Cole house and crossing over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge by foot. I managed to find the North Road entrance (pedestrian access only), make a right at the fork and walk over to the visitors center. There are miles of trail...More

Thank lyso
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RosalindaG
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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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