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Olana State Historic Site

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Address: 5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone Number: 518 828 0135
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Description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family...
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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A jewel on the Hudson

This 19th century arts and crafts style home was the home of Frederick Church, one of the founders of the Hudson River School artists. Tours are limited so make a reservation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We took a guided tour of the house which was interesting but way too reverential. Questions were invited, but not really wanted, and only answered by the guide repeating content which often did not address the question. The current River Crossings exhibition of modern art hung around the house in juxtaposition to the original artworks was inexplicable and felt somewhat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This 19th century arts and crafts style home was the home of Frederick Church, one of the founders of the Hudson River School artists. Tours are limited so make a reservation before coming to the site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Olana is a beautiful house that was clearly built with love by the original owner Frederick Church and then restored with love by the Foundation and the State of New York. To see the inside of the house one needs to go on a tour with a knowledgeable tour guide . It is highly recommended to do this. There is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Nice trip in Hudson valley. Views are wonderful, artwork very interesting. Garden benches done with tree shapes and blend well with landscape. We enjoyed visiting and learning about the period and art of the 1800 and early 1900's.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Great, unique home. The tour guide was really knowledgeable, and I got a good understanding of Church's life and work. During the summer of 2015, there's a shuttle from the train station (in Hudson, NY, I believe) that goes from the train station, to downtown Hudson, and to the nearby Thomas Cole National Historic Site. My tour guide said they're... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is perhaps one of the little known treasures in the US. A tour of the house which takes about an hour introduces you to one of the most talented artists this nation has ever produced. Using his artists eye and sensitivity he created a beautiful home inspired by his extensive travels in the mideast. The painting of Petra in... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Love Olana. Beautiful gardens and walking trails very well maintained. House has interesting architecture . Frederic Church designed the house and also landscapes with the views of Hudson River.Photos are not permitted inside the house.There is entrance fee to see the house , but grounds are free .Sunset views there are stunning!

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Cookstown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Amazing place built by a family made into a dream. Fredrick Church had a eye for worldly art and a great appreciation of nature beauty.

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Grand Ledge, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

If you are a fan of American Art and houses, and want great views of the Hudson Valley, you have to visit Olana. The house is rare to have so much of the original furnishings in place and in such great condition. Our tour guide was very good, knew a lot of information and was able to answer questions. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We visited Olana in early June on the self-guided tour after the beginning of the "River Crossings" program this year. We get- and support- the idea that Frederic Church was a "connector" who was very successful in incorporating current artistic and cultural concepts into his work, and working with his Thomas Cole training in Hudson River art to market himself... More 

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Additional Information about Olana State Historic Site

Address: Address: 5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone Number: 518 828 0135
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Hudson
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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