We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Olana State Historic Site

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone Number: 518 828 0135
Improve this listing
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 398 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 254
  • 114
    Very good
  • 22
  • 5
  • 3
Gorgeous View.

Had a real nice visit and tour. Demetrius was a real great tour guide. Wish I came in the summer .. would of liked to tour the upstairs.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Wading River, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

398 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Wading River, New York
Level Contributor
220 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a real nice visit and tour. Demetrius was a real great tour guide. Wish I came in the summer .. would of liked to tour the upstairs.

Thank dennis1027
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Quite amazing how Frederick Church creatively transported moorish architecture and design to the Hudson. The house is a remarkable blend of western sensibilities then and the beauty of middle-eastern art.

Thank TT G
Plainview, New York
Level Contributor
38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Grounds were beatiful and somewhat awe inspiring considering the amount of land that is owned by the estate. House itself is magnificent, however, and it's a big however, we apparently were there during the changing of the seasons and thus many of the furnishings and artwork was not yet placed in the rooms. Even more disappointing was that apparently during... More 

Thank Steve R
Greenwich, Connecticut
Level Contributor
81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Eccentric designed mansions with quirky details. Highlight of the whole place: the views. Magnanimous mountain/hill top views. Looks like there is hillside shoring or retention work occuring, but if you look past the fencing and machines, the views are breathtaking.

Thank Trendy_Explorer
Twin Cities, Minnesota
Level Contributor
46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Olana has been on my bucket list for many years. The trip did not disappoint. Moreover, we brought our 2 grandsons, ages 7 and 10, and the staff were always gracious to them, attentive to their questions (might I add, the boys WERE well behaved and respectful). A landmark worth your time, especially coupled with a visit to the nearby... More 

1 Thank NonnaBegonna
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Toured entire house during the "River Crossings" exhibit with guide Erin who was terrific. The house is dark inside and it is hard to appreciate the many paintings inside as they are not individually lit due to the shadows, but still interesting and does not take anything away from the greatness of Church. The views are gorgeous and you can... More 

Thank mtngirlMA
Potomac Falls, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see. Views over the Hudson River are spectacular. Tours of the home will take you into the mind of an artist.

Thank TonisMom7
Albany, New York
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I live in Albany (about 30 minutes from Hudson) and have never been to Olana until this past July. I am a history buff so having such a beautiful and significant site (that I just recently learned about) to be able to visit that is also nearby was fantastic. The drive in to the grounds including the... More 

1 Thank DeanZuco
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house and grounds are very interesting. Our tour guide did a great job telling us about the construction of the building and the artist and his family. The grounds and vistas you can see from the house are really a stop.

1 Thank JULIEVG826
Bellingham, Washington
Level Contributor
54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did not have an online reservation to tour the house, but it was a lovely day and so we decided to drive over from Hudson and walk around the estate. It is so beautiful, with great vistas of the multi-colored hills, the little lake, and of course the river. A great way to spend a fall afternoon if you're... More 

1 Thank cscgesp

Travelers who viewed Olana State Historic Site also viewed


Been to Olana State Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Olana State Historic Site and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
5 months ago
Wolcott, Connecticut
10 months ago
Wolcott, Connecticut
10 months ago
Wolcott, Connecticut
10 months ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Olana State Historic Site staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?