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Olana State Historic Site

5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
518 828 0135
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Hudson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

If you like architecture and American art of the 19th century, go see this house. Happily, it was rescued in the early 1960s by NY State and is now beautifully maintained. The hour-long tour is well worth your $12, and the views are amazing. The groups are kept small so everyone can hear the guide. Ours was knowledgeable and friendly.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Olana is Frederic Church's house, with spectacular views and full of his (and his contemporaries') paintings. Anyone interested in art, history, or design would appreciate touring this house. The staff are experts in his life and period, and explain how he grew as a painter and curator. He traveled extensively and brought home many treasures, and the design for his... More

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Montgomery County, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Frederic Church was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School of American landscape painters. His home, Olana, is a Persian inspired residence with a later studio addition that sits high above the Hudson River near the town of Hudson, NY. The house itself is unusual and placed in a beautiful rural setting east of the Hudson River.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Majestic views of the Hudson River and surrounmding Catskills. Grounds with gardens, walking paths and Frederic Church's delightful Moorish house. An unforgettable experience.

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This is a unique historical house set on a hilltop with magnificent views across the Hudson. If you want a guided tour of the house (highly recommended) you need to pre-book online. The tour is $12 per person payable on arrival.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A tour of the house and grounds is a wonderful way to understand Church's work, as at nearly every turn one has wonderful views of the Hudson River and the Catskills beyond. Even on a hazy summer day such as we had when we toured one can't help but appreciate the way Church captured the beauty of the region in... More

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Enjoyed the 45 minute tour, guide and history, no photos or backpacks allowed inside. About a 1 1/2 hour - 2 hour stop.

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Monroe, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Olana itself is extremely interesting and the grounds have spectacular views. That being said I totally agree with James K's review. The young woman selling the tickets was extremely curt to most of the visitors. A pleasant smile wouldn't hurt. Having just visited the Thomas Cole house the difference was like night and day. To top it off when we... More

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Orlando, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was a last minute side trip while in Hudson, NY and we're happy to have gone. While we did not take the house tour, we did enjoy the grounds, gardens, the views, gift shop and video (in the gift shop) about F. Church and the home. While we wished we had taken the house tour, it's a great way... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Anyone who appreciates art, old mansions or 19th century history will enjoy Olana. The original design for this house called for it to be a French chateau but Fredreric Church grew enamored of Persian architecture, and the result is a unique mansion atop a hill overlooking the town of Hudson and the river. A tour is the only way to... More

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