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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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Fantastic Art

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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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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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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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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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