Olana State Historic Site
Olana State Historic Site
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural Buildings
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. The 250-acre artist-designed landscape is open from 8 AM to Sunset. Tours of the historic landscape and interior of Frederic Church's home run Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM. Visitors can also participate in various 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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  • Tiffany A
    Opp, Alabama1,999 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So pretty, hard to believe it's real
    The pics speak for themselves - a stunning place, but they don't compare to actually seeing it! So many amazing details and examples of true hand-craftsmanship! And somebody is doing a great job keeping some beautiful gardens here. That aspect of historic structures is so often neglected but not here. A wonderful parkland surrounds this amazing structure with beautiful, gently sloped walkways and paths by sunny borders and through shady areas. A great place to stretch your legs and walk around the house even if you don't want to go on a tour.
    Hello! We also love our gardens! We will pass along your review to our New York Historic State Parks staff. They do a wonderful job keeping Olana looking beautiful inside and out. Nature does the rest! Thank you for recognizing that the landscape has just as much to offer as the house. We believe the same!
    Written October 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey5,134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a nice and informative walking tour
    I had not been to Olana in Hudson, NY for about nine years so it was nice to tour the house again during the summer months this time. The weather really cooperated with us and it was a beautiful day to be outside and in. Olana is the home of a famous artist Fredrick Church and it has one of the biggest collections of his work in the house. Almost all the furnishings are the original ones of the house and everything was going up on the auction block back in the 1960's but it was saved by a group of local historians who saw the benefit in the house. That is what saved it. There are period pieces and decorative objects all over the house. The house looks like someone's home as opposed to the Vanderbilt Mansion where it was only used a few times a year. The furnishings make the house look welcoming and it looked like the family was still there. The art collection of Mr. Church's was very impressive especially in the dining room. The views of the Hudson River were spectacular.
    Hello Justin, Thank you for writing such an informative review. Sounds like you learned a ton on your tour and that you had a beautiful day as well. Hope you don't wait so long to come back around for a visit. We hear the leaves are pretty nice in the fall!
    Written October 31, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Michael Marcucci
    Boston, Massachusetts109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beauty on the Hudson !
    Nordica was our tour guide and did an amazing job. Belinda greeted us at the main gate with a big smile. The tour is 2 hours long and includes a great walk along the trails and plenty of time in the house. Great staff, wonderful views and beautiful art. The team on site is deeply knowledgeable about The Hudson River School. Well worth your time.
    Hi Michael, Yay! We will pass along your review to Nordica and Belinda. They will be delighted to hear you had such a great time at Olana. Thank you for visiting!
    Written October 31, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • marguerite14
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to visit
    I am still on cloud 9 from my visit to this beautiful site. I took the combination house and grounds tour. Our guide was amazing; she knew the site like the back of her hand and had a great personality. The grounds are beyond amazing. They are so beautiful. It's incredible to think that Frederick Church designed all of this. The views are spectacular; you can see four states at one point. The house is very interesting. It's Victorian with a large touch of Persian design. All of the furnishings are original to Church and his family. I definitely recommend Olana. You won't be dissapointed.
    Wow! It is now October and we hope you are still on cloud 9! Thank you for the amazing review!! We love that you took the combination tour and got to experience the landscape, house and all that Olana has to offer.
    Written October 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Robyn5
    Melbourne Beach, Florida90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning home and views! Definitely recommend
    Thoroughly enjoyed the architecture and narrated tour of this home. The details in its design, along with the beautiful vistas from the windows were amazing. We were only able to tour the 1st floor. I would recommend planning to come early in the morning to do the combination garden and house tour. The gift shop has many gifts as well as some cold drinks for purchase.
    Hello Robyn5, Thank you for the review and feedback. We are hoping next season to offer more Combination Tour times in the afternoon for our guests. It seems to be very popular!
    Written October 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • slkuelkd113
    Buffalo, New York125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit in the Hudson Valley
    With proceeds from his successful career as a painter (Hudson Valley School), Frederic Church purchased this estate and built an extraordinary home. He also had Calvert Vaux design the grounds. The entire site is in excellent condition, and offers a variety of indoor and outdoor tours. I took the combo tour of the house and grounds. It takes two hours but was well worth it.
    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We also love the new Combo Tour which combines the Landscape and the Main House tour together as one. We and hope to offer more in 2024, since it was so popular. Hope the leaves were in full color when you were here!
    Written October 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 24, 2023
  • MrJonnyU
    Yonkers, New York161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the trip, take your time and book the inside tour!
    What a lovely gem, that I’d call hidden. I never knew this place existed and it’s beautiful. We did the inside house tour, which I’d call a must! Fans of fine art and architecture alike will have a great time.
    Thank you for your review. So happy you found us!
    Written November 21, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 11, 2023
  • phileaskerouac
    New York City, New York84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Sunsets, Exquisite Views, Orientalist Architecture
    Great in any season, any weather. Each has its own mood. A grand house and Persian-esque folly with the best views of the Hudson Valley. Sunsets here are world class. If you like museum shops the one here is epic. Breathtaking, thought-provoking, and delightful. I go here all the time. Orientalism a la ancienne!
    Hello! Thank you for writing a review. So glad you took the time to come visit us in the winter. The sunset is definitely worth braving a bit of the cold. The museum shop staff will be happy to receive your kind words.
    Written February 27, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 7, 2024
  • joe c
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    very good option for touring the Hudson Valley
    we were too late for the house tour, but were able to see the gift shop and roam the grounds for free. the scenery and views of the river were worth the trip. we will be coming back again for the house tour. once you see the video and understand the story behind the house, it becomes more interesting than to see just a nice house.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2024
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bitt
Miami Shores, FL62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We visited Olana in early January 2020. So glad it was open on a Sunday. Our guide, “Ricky” is a Great Grandson of the sister of Frederick Church’s son’s wife, so we got an intimate perspective of the Estate and the personalities that lived in this wonderful Mansion. Although we were assigned a 40 minutes “glimpse” tour, Ricky spent a good hour and 10 minutes with our group. He loved discussing the details and history of each painting - and there were a lot of them! Our only disappointment was that our tour did not cover the 2nd floor bedrooms, attic, rooftop, or basement. Maybe these areas are open in the summer time. Thank you again, Ricky. We had a wonderful Sunday adventure.
Written January 15, 2020
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JPatti1
Chicago, IL216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
A home of a couple who were clearly a bit different than most - Disneyesque version of Middle Eastern architecture, eclectic decorations, plentiful (and generally dour) paintings, incredible views, lovely grounds and isolation from society. While I don't know enough about the man to say this in any definitive manner, a fair guess would be that he was something of a recluse who preferred the company of canvas and nature than of society.

The exterior of the house has much to look at, with an eccentric style that somehow works. The interior, on the other hand, is dark, unwelcoming and replete with articles that bemuse as much as they amuse.

Our tour guide Betsy was very well prepared and informative and was generous with her time - we went about 1:15 instead of the allotted hour.
Written October 14, 2021
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Hello, thank you for visiting Olana! We are glad that you enjoyed your tour with Betsy. Our guides take a lot of pride in what they do. Please come and visit again, maybe in another season when the beautiful views and landscape change!
Written November 18, 2021
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TravelOwlz123
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Exceptionally well maintained and remarkably beautiful grounds, carriage roads, gardens and home of 19th century landscape artist Frederic Church. We toured the artist's home (floor one) with Steve, a very personable and extremely knowledgeable guide. We highly recommend visiting Olana as well as taking this tour. Also plan to set aside a bit of time to walk and enjoy the carriage roads and the stunning views they offer.
Written June 24, 2022
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Hi! Thank you for your review and mentioning our Interpreter Steve. He is a wealth of knowledge (as you know) and is such a great member of the team here. We will give your feedback to our New York State Parks crew as well. They do an amazing job keeping the grounds preserved and beautiful for all of us to enjoy.
Written July 5, 2022
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN5,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Very unique spot. The original owner, artist Frederic Church, packed this home full of artifacts from all over the world, from many cultures. Asian, Arabic, English influence. Rich fabrics. Colorful paint and patterns along the walls and woodwork. Gorgeous views of the Hudson.

This estate is about 90 percent intact, and was sold the to foundation as a complete lot, including many of Church’s original works. Many people will enjoy the art, and Church was a pioneer of landscape art, but the star for me was the architecture.

Could make a nice day out of this and the Albany state capitol.
Written March 11, 2022
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Hi! Thank you so much for your review! It's nice to know that you got so much out of your tour and loved the unique architecture.
Written April 1, 2022
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Claire M
Charlottesville, VA255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
I had been to only maybe thirty years ago, and had enjoyed it. My husband and I were recently heading thru the Hudson River Valley and stopped for a visit. At this point, timed tickets are required. The house tour was self-guided, and the docents in the rooms can tell you about the room, furnishings and paintings if you ask. The Victorian estate was the home of Frederick Church, landscape painter of the Hudson River School. Built between 1870-76, the commanding house is of a Persian style and has a fantastic view of the Hudson River. Church and his wife traveled extensively, especially in the Middle East and came back with crates of finds which are displayed in the house. There are changing art exhibits a couple of times a year. We especially enjoyed the Cross Pollinator exhibit currently on view. There are a few nice walks around the property.
Written August 27, 2021
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Hello, thank you for visiting Olana! We are so glad you enjoyed your time in the Hudson River Valley and enjoyed your tour to not only see the Church estate, but Cross Pollination as well. Please do visit us again if you find yourself in the area!
Written November 18, 2021
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Lea S
58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Visiting Olana was one of the reasons for our trip. We love the Hudson River School of Painting, and Olana is artist Frederic Church's work of art and his home. Our tour guide, Dave, was incredibly knowledgable and seemed to know about every single painting and piece as well as the family's history. The house is beautiful, and we love that it has been kept just as the Church family left it - so rare, so unique. Of course, the painting collection is expansive and extraordinary, as are the views of the Hudson River and surrounding countryside. Definitely worth the trip.
Written October 20, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Olana! We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience taking in all the artwork and of course the views! We take immense pride in our guides and it's wonderful to know you had a pleasant time with David. We hope to see again soon!
Written November 17, 2021
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marcopolopaloalto
Palo Alto, CA1,132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A stunning example of a Unique Hudson Valley mansion, “Persian Inspired style” that was built by Frederich Church, the most famous American landscape artist in the late 1800’s whose romantic large canvases reflected the optimistic spirit of the Manifest Destiny of the stunning Hudson Valley with its wide rivers and majestic mtns.
The grounds encompass about 18 plus acres and one may walk the grounds while the home and gift shop are not open to the public during the pandemic.
Church came from a wealthy family and that gave him the ability to travel and paint and sketch luscious landscapes such as Niagara , The Heart of the Andes, Petra, etc...

A good picnic spot and more spectacular than imagined
Written July 11, 2020
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Hello, thank you for visiting Olana! We appreciate your recommendation and great review. We've now reopened the Museum Store and for Olana Outdoor Tours. The landscape of Olana State Historic Site is 250 acres and open daily, 8 AM to sunset. Hope you'll come back soon and explore more of Olana!
Written August 5, 2020
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SandF2012
Oradell, NJ374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We heard about the Olana State Historical House and decided to visit the site in early October. The site has a good view of the Hudson River; and IMO the most interesting part is the Frederic Church house done is a 'Moorish Style'. We arrived late in the morning mid week and had no problem getting tickets for early in the afternoon. If you have some time & the weather is nice please consider visiting the location. And please note it's in Hudson NY and about a 2 hour drive from Bergen County via the NYS Thruway
Written January 14, 2020
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Tara S
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The site is really beautiful in the Fall. You can hike the trails, go on a guided- tour (there are several), and bring a picnic lunch to eat by the lake. The parking is limited and people park on the side of the entrance road. Definitely start by going to the visitor center to see what options may work best for you.
Written October 7, 2021
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Hello, thank you for visiting Olana! We appreciate your recommendations to other visitors and are so glad you enjoyed your time. The Fall season color is stunning here. Please do visit us again!
Written November 18, 2021
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This beautiful hill-top artist's residence is well-preserved and gorgeous. We had a wonderful tour of the interior and wish we had more time to enjoy the grounds. I would recommend spending an afternoon here for the natural beauty, architecture, and education about the artists who cemented this region in the country's imagination.
Written August 6, 2022
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Hello Shawn, Thank you for coming up, taking a house tour and submitting a review. If you are ever in the area again, be sure to pack a lunch and explore the landscape!
Written August 13, 2022
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