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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Not Your Typical Estate Museum

I have little patience for being herded through these dusty old estates with all of their... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Deerfield, Massachusetts
Beautiful Restoration and Grounds

Olana is a restored property of Frederic Church, the Early American Artist who used his talents and... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2017
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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
+1 518-828-0135
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

I have little patience for being herded through these dusty old estates with all of their re-assembled attempts at authenticity, but Olana is a place to itself, astonishingly beautiful in its setting and vividly immediate and authentic in nearly every way. Nearly everything in the...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Olana is a restored property of Frederic Church, the Early American Artist who used his talents and influence to foster an art style in his own lifetime. The house is interesting inside and out. Heavily influenced by Persian design, it is unique in it's appearance...More

Thank corptool
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This house is a quadruple hit. For general interest, the location is stunning and worth visiting for its beautiful grounds and view of the Catskills, the Hudson River, and the Berkshires. The house itself is an exotic folly, also worth seeing simply for the architecture....More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

I have seen Photos of Olana in books and have always been curious about it. I was pleasantly surprised that it it was just 5 minutes away from Hudson, NY. First time I went my friends and I were denied entry because we hadn't made...More

Thank malujai
Reviewed 15 September 2017

First of all, it is a miracle in the making. This classic historic home, belonging to Frederic Church, was almost lost to us. Church was one of the most important artists of the Hudson River School. Through monumental effort, the house, its grounds and most...More

Thank jer b
Reviewed 11 September 2017

The grounds alone are worth the trip to this historic site, but the interior of the house is full of wonderful history and family memories. After the tour, explore the grounds with knowledge of what the property meant to family members.

Thank Betsy M
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

So much to do here. Grounds are incredibly beautiful. Lots of dogs enjoying big walks. Carriage rides and walking trails. Church's home is interesting, especially when you get a good tour guide. Always a treat!

Thank kathleen s
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Not fat from the NY Thruway.Good place to stop if you want to break up your trip. Interesting house modeled after Moorish architecture. The outside of the house is very distinctive. The inside not so much. Art lovers will love all the art inside the...More

Thank lovinretirement2015
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Purchased map from Olana store very helpful in following carriage trails. Great scenery and not too strenuous.

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Olana has become an important site for art history even though most of the paintings in the home are not top quality. It is crucial to understand this is a working artist's home preserved as it was in Victorian times. Church's taste in decor and...More

Thank Signe A
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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.
27 August 2016|
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Response from Esther32 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk. Not a far ride though
Caroline R
16 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes