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Olana State Historic Site

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Worth going back a second time!

We took a tour that lasted a little over an hour. An amazing home in nearly untouched condition... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2018
Kendall, New York
Beautiful view and the house itself is a work of art

The home of artist Frederick Church. Beautiful views from first floor tour. Many of the interior... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Laguna Hills, California
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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
+1 518-828-0135
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Went with my friend on a tour of the mansion of Fredrick Church at Olana. When entering the building, the guide had asked me to place my purse and camera bag on my belly so it does brush onto anything in the home. I am...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank BethH0209
Reviewed 4 August 2018

We took a tour that lasted a little over an hour. An amazing home in nearly untouched condition. It doesn't matter if you've never heard of Frederick Church or if you're a scholar of the Hudson River artist, you will come away impressed by the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

The home of artist Frederick Church. Beautiful views from first floor tour. Many of the interior rooms were very dark which made it difficult to see much of the artwork on the walls. The tour guide was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. NOTE:There is quite a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

A spectacular setting for a most unusual house. Colors and interesting shapes and designs abound. Our docent was wonderful, very knowledgeable. There’s so much originality and history. Plenty of paintings, I only wish the lighting was better so I could have really taken in all...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Happy to see my NY state tax dollars at work at this beautifully restored historic site. Exquisite building and grounds take you back in time to another place and time. Beautiful in tact home with original artifacts and Church paintings not reproductions. The views out...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

A friend and I toured the wildly eclectic and eccentric 19th century home of Hudson River School landscape artist Frederic Church. The combination of French, Italian, Moorish, Persian, Mexican, Victorian, Gothic and more was far too jumbled in total for my taste. I found, however,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Rita E
Reviewed 24 July 2018

A must for all who love color. The paintings on view were first rate examples of the Hudson River School, plus the imaginative use of colors in the decor of every room. Harmonized, playful, richly thoughtful- a revelation of the artist's vision in all aspects...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank all2much
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

My husband and I frequenly weekend in and around the Catskills, this time staying in Germanstown (about 10 miles away). Not having kids with us, we visited Olana and were not disappointed. Olana provides a glimpse into 19tb century life. It’s amazing Church amassed such...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 21 July 2018

For fans of the Hudson River School of painters, visiting Frederick Church's Olana is an amazing treat. The relevance of the house and its history are intertwined with the development of that art "movement". Still, the tour of the mansion and its wonderful state will...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank William G
Reviewed 19 July 2018

After seeing this historic home on "Treasures of NY", we decided to take a trip to see this home built by Frederic Church, member of the Hudson School of Art. The home is perched on top of hill, fabulous views. However, the home is dark...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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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
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16 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes