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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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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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A must see! Master painter's mountain mansion--many of his works, but also beautifully preserved architectural one of a kind.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must see! Master painter's mountain mansion--many of his works, but also beautifully preserved architectural one of a kind.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour guides have been here forever so if you are going for a second visit, make sure not to get the same guide as the tour contents do not change at all. The tours are great, though, and seeing Church's studio and house put his paintings in a new perspective. The gift shop is expensive.

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

we were visiting the house when it was cold and raining so we saw only the house and not the park. It is best to reserve a tour because a lot of people like to see it,. And that is the only way to see this house from the inside. Very interesting art and architecture .

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Wading River, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

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.

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Thank dennis1027
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

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.

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Plainview, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

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 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

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.

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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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 

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Potomac Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

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

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