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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Beautiful Views and Amazing House Tour

It's so incredible to visit a place that is basically the same as when an artist lived there, to... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia
via mobile
Lovely setting, fascinating house

Olana is by, for and about Frederic Church, landscape painter of the Hudson River school. He... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2017
Arlington, VA
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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 19 July 2017 via mobile

It's so incredible to visit a place that is basically the same as when an artist lived there, to see how their vision was realized and unaltered. We really didn't know much about either Church or the Hudson Valley school but this was both educational...More

Thank CongoLarry
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Olana is by, for and about Frederic Church, landscape painter of the Hudson River school. He traveled in the east and middle east and came back and designed an amusing hodge-podge of Persian, Moorish and other eastern styles. It's impressive and well-restored. The setting above...More

Thank X-NYr
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We spent time walking around for a few hours. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the views!! We missed the house tour but will go back for that.

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Loved learning about the Hudson Valley Artists and Fredrick Church. I loved the house - reminded me of the post romantic gothic of William Morris' Red House in England. Different inspiration but similar wonderful creativity in the decorations of the house. Really interesting tour and...More

Thank ZCC414
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Frederic Church’s home as he lived it. All original furniture. Every room artistically decorated by the artist. A great Hudson River School Painter. A must see

Thank wedphoto2003
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Olana has been upgrading a lot in the last several years. Between repairs and maintenance of the house, the opening of the wagon house, lectures and programs, it has come a LONG way.

Thank NJTraveler264
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Olana is a magnificent 19th century mansion with an unspoiled "viewscape" of the Hudson River and the Catskills. One of its most fascinating aspects is the story of how it was saved at the 11th hour by a group of concerned and dedicated benefactors. The...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Be sure to not only take the house tour, but also walk the grounds. And if time permits, you may also want to cross the river to visit Thomas Cole's historic home site.

Thank Tracy B
Reviewed 1 July 2017

A stunning location, view and architecture. if your in the area why wouldn't you want to drink this in?

Thank nyctvlr75
Reviewed 29 June 2017

I've never seen a Victorian mansion with middle eastern designs painted on it. Absolutely beautiful. The garden is pretty too and the view of the Hudson River is magnificent!

Thank Carla S
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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