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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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Visual Overload - in a good way!

This attraction is filled with too much to see - which is a compliment. From the exterior and interior architecture along with art work from around the world. A visual treat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Hunter, New York
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Hunter, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This attraction is filled with too much to see - which is a compliment. From the exterior and interior architecture along with art work from around the world. A visual treat inside and out with unparalleled views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

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Western Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

For Valentine's Day my boyfriend and I decided to visit Olana, having heard very nice things about it from friends. We arrived just before the last tour left at 3 pm. The tickets were very inexpensive, $18 for the two of us. We were greeted by our tour guide, a nice middle-aged man who was clearly passionate about the property,... More 

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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I live 45 minutes away from Olana, and I drive there once a month; to watch the sun set, to feel inspired, to find peace...I could go on! I guarantee you will never see a place like this, and that's before you even get inside the house. The artist who designed the house, Frederick Church, also designed the landscape, and... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The house itself is architecturally a bit of a folly, but still very interesting nonetheless. It certainly has an impressive location! If you're a fan of Church, you'd probably find this to be a "must do". We came as a group just generally interested in a neat house; there were lots of interesting touches and pieces to see. The tour... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

As a person raised in Hudson, one of the best "sights" is definitely Olana. Church's art work is worth viewing. The grounds are beautiful, and for me especially in the autumn when the leaves are such brilliant colors and the Hudson River is running below.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Olana is a unique architectural joy and well worth a visit, particularly on a nice day as the grounds and views are as impressive as the building. Church was one of those rare artists who was successful in his time and Olana represents his success. Don't expect to see much (good) art on the tour - probably a good thing... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed the guided tour and the landscape. Make sure to make a reservation. We're able to do that by phone in the same day we visited.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Perched up on the hill like a castle, Olana is a very impressive home steeped in the history of painted Thomas Church. It is a gloomy old home and not as impressive as the Victorian Christmas decorated ones further down but is impressive for its Eastern designs and how the house worked as a home and studio and not just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I visited Olana on December 28. The previous night I made the reservation, which was free, and my place might be taken by other if I did not show up half an hour before the scheduled tour. The address is confusing so that my old GPS could not locate it. But it is very easy to give the direction. I... More 

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New Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Olana has a magical combination of magnificent views of the Hudson, interesting and unusual architecture, and the rare chance to experience an interior that has been preserved exactly as it was, with original contents including many works of art, and collections that Frederic Church brought back from his travels across Europe and Asia in the 1800's. Fascinating. Visited in the... More 

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