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Olana State Historic Site

Address: 5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone Number: 518 828 0135
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Hudson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

In a magnificently beautiful setting in the Hudson Valley sits Olana, a tribute to the talent and vision of Fredrick Church. This home is a time capsule containing many original paintings by Church and other artists, in addition to rugs and furniture from the time his family lived there. Perfectly maintained and cared for by the state and staffed with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We went to Olana specifically for the annual Plenair event. There were 30 artist painting on the property for three days. Stunning views of the Hudson Valley! We had a lovely walk on the property and were able to view the artist at work and chat with them. Then we toured the Fredrick Church home, which was fascinating. The next... More 

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Hyde Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Having visited the grounds at Olana many times over the years, we finally took the house tour. Olana is certainly unique in the Hudson Valley in its Persian influenced design. The tour is informative and interesting, and the house layout was of great interest to me. It's amazing to think the the house was still lived in as it is... More 

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Olana is not to be missed on a trip to the Hudson area. I'm a huge fan of the Hudson Valley school and always lingered at the collection the Met in New York, so it was a delight to see where it originated. Best part: strolling the manicured grounds with a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

One of the most original homes ever built and in a spot that is breathtaking. A total education into the life and work of Hudson River painter Frederic Church. The paintings in the house alone are enough to fill a major museum. The views from every window are spectacular, capturing all the beauty of the Hudson river. A fascinating trip... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a very special spot on the Hudson. The tour guides are volunteers, and our guide, Susan, was very informative. This is a 2 minute drive from Hudson, and a good hour visit for anyone who wants to learn more about the area. For those who appreciate interior design and landscape gardening, it is a must.

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Hudson, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We have visited Olana several times and it is always a real pleasure. Any time of the year, it has a lot of charm. We have taken the house tour and it is very instructive about the Hudson River school of painting? The views from and around the house are breathtaking.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is a most unusual and interesting (in a very good way) historic home, where Frederic Church (of 1800s Hudson River School art fame) lived with his family. The entire story pertaining to this once-famous, but now little known artist, is fascinating. The fact he himself designed and decorated this massive home overlooking the Hudson River makes it a magical... More 

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Towson, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We had really hope to tour the house - but it is not open on weekdays. This information is not on their website or phone system. The grounds are beautiful - lots of hiking. There were even some painters! The house exterior is lovely - and the public bathrooms were clean and warm!

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The view was very nice. But it was closed. Strange place this morrocan house up in the hills in upstate Ny. A little out of place looking but beautiful. The view from up there was great, trails, pines, maples, not quite, peak!

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