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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Continues to get better if possilbe

We have been visiting Olana for nearly 30 years and have watched it "grow" as more and more of the... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Walter f
Don't know who Frederic Church was? Doesn't matter. Go to Olana.

Even if you do not know who Frederic Church was, or you have never seen any of his paintings, you... read more

Reviewed 11 August 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 17 August 2017

We have been visiting Olana for nearly 30 years and have watched it "grow" as more and more of the Church's personal residence has been opened up for tours and the grounds have been gradually returned to their original splendor. In the year since our...More

Thank Walter f
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Even if you do not know who Frederic Church was, or you have never seen any of his paintings, you should see Olana. The story of the house, its architecture, the creation of the landscape, the near-fatal sale, the just-in-time saving of Olana....it all makes...More

1  Thank jacquelinerose5
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
Reviewed 6 August 2017

We didn't expect what we found at Olana. We knew that it was Frederic Church's house, but we hadn't really read anything about it. The house turns out to be very impressive in both style and decor, and the views are stunning...and since the property...More

Thank Readyfornexttrip
Reviewed 6 August 2017

I have never heard of this state park before but it was happened to be open on Tuesday when many things were closed on that day. What a delightful surprise to visit the home and the grounds. It truly was an unexpected treat.

Thank joanie51
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We traveled almost 100 miles to see Olana. When we got there we were told they had no tours open and we could not go in. I am disabled and this was a very long trip for me. I told the employee this and asked...More

Thank HistoryDetective
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Visting Olana was the highlight of our week's stay in the Hudson Valley - it certainly rivals the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. The home is quite amazing because the Church's home & collection were miraculously kept intact. Thank goodness this historical & cultural gem...More

Thank BaliloverNewYork
Reviewed 4 August 2017

My wife and I just visited Olana this afternoon. I have always loved Frederick Church as an artist so when I found out that you could visit his house, I had high expectations.The house is very unique. Eclectic is the best way to describe Church's...More

Thank RickKoch
Reviewed 23 July 2017

When visiting Hudson, check out Olana, home of Hudson Valley painter Frederick Church. This 19th century mansion appears to be a castle on a hill, but is really much more than that. Architecturally quirky, incorporating European and Middle Eastern art, the house is a gem....More

Thank rseveral
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited here yesterday. The exterior of the house is truly a work of art. It is gorgeous. We were disappointed with much of the interior, however. The upstairs was dark and depressing in our opinion. I can't imagine how dark that...More

Thank CCdreamer
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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