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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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I've been to the Olana State Historic Site, home of American landscape painter and one of the most important artists of the Hudson River School of Art, quite a few times.The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I've been to the Olana State Historic Site, home of American landscape painter and one of the most important artists of the Hudson River School of Art, quite a few times.The grounds are beautiful and, as Olana was built on a mountain, offer a magnificent view of the Hudson River and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. It's free to walk... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went to see the environs that Church chose as his home. A good bit of the blocking forest had been cleared so an inspiring view of the Hudson R. was available. The home was interesting due to its peculiar style and what he chose to decorate it with. Peculiar in a good way. Well worth the time and admission!!... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful park, grounds and wonderful intimate tours offered of the house. Make a reservation if possible they book up quickly on weekends. Learned a lot about Frederic Church. So happy that this site was saved and turned into a state park for all to enjoy. The Hudson Valley is an American treasure and this gorgeous site plays an important role... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Certainly worth the small fee to tour the home of Frederick Church ,even with the current exhibit. The owner was an artist so showcasing art is consistent but if modern art is not to your liking wait till the exhibit changes. Make the reservation because just showing up means you might miss out. They keep the tour groups small because... More 

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Rochester, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was our first visit to Olana and Cedar Grove which is right across the Hudson River. We preferred the openness of Cedar Grove's interior but Olana is truly majestic in its architecture and commanding views of the river. For us, both historic sites were desecrated by the modern art exhibit that both shared, called River Crossings. We were told... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Olana is a jewel in Hudson, NY. Not only will your eyes feast on the interior and the architecture, you will love the surrounding grounds. Pack a blanket and your camera...an iPhone can not do its justice.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Fabulous guided tour with knowledgeable leader. We are so lucky to be able to see this treasure, very much as it was when Frederick Church lived there.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We came for the River Crossings exhibit of contemporary art, and toured both Olana, the estate of patrician artist, Frederick Church, and Cedar Grove, the much simpler, home of Church's teacher, Thomas Cole. It's easy to see both homes in a day, and worthwhile to do so. Both offer magnificent views of the Hudson River valley, and correlate the paintings... More 

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Rye, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The visit is definitely worthwhile and the collection is quite interesting. We choose the non guided tour on Saturday after reading the reviews. There are people in each room to explain the collection and some are excellent and others not. The collection is based upon maintaining the feel of how it was originally kept so it does not seem well... More 

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Scarsdale, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I visited the Thomas Cole House and Olana on the same afternoon but I liked the former more. Creatively Cole was the founder of the Hudson River School and had more modest means than Church. He want to celebrate the landscape and his home and surrounding farm was in keeping with this ethos. Sure Olana is beautifully sited on a... More 

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