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Olana State Historic Site

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Address: 5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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 true gem on the hudson

This magnificent house is truly a wonder to behold - it and the grounds were designed so that every view, every window, every vista was a work of art. To look out at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Somers, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This magnificent house is truly a wonder to behold - it and the grounds were designed so that every view, every window, every vista was a work of art. To look out at the carefully constructed landscape was to look at a Hudson River School masterpiece. Great walking trails - a must-see!

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This estate is gorgeous in every respect and very well-preserved, down to the mouthwash found in the powder room off of Church's studio. Not only are the rooms beautifully appointed, the views are amazing. Church himself designed the property, planting thousands of trees to create the scene over decades. It became a landscape worthy of being his painting subject! Mark... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The guides at Olana provide a great sense of Frederic Church's life, career, and the importance of Olana. If possible, take both the house and landscape tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The plan was to walk the estate. This started out well enough with an overview of the garden but then a sign, warning of ticks (e.g. “Check your clothing”; Ticks can cause Lime Disease) caused an alteration of plans. A quick walk around the grounds closest to the mansion and appreciation of the beautiful views of the Hudson River… and,... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we mentioned our plans to visit the Hudson Valley, it seemed that everyone would tell us to visit Olana. After going there, we understood why. It is an impressive attraction indeed. Not only is the site itself fascinating, but the story of Frederic E. Church is equally amazing. Fortunately, visits are all guided, which provides visitors with a greater... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Frederick Church's Olana is essentially ground zero for the Hudson River School. Its location and interior are both quite visually appealing, but the place is run rather haphazardly. As a result, you learn much less than you could while visiting this spot.

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Hastings, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had tried to visit before and did not realize how few tours there were and how they sold out so far in advance. However the grounds and the view are the best part, and they are always available. Having made a special journey back to see the inside of the house, I must say it is odd. Worth seeing... More 

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Dallas, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In the past few years, my wife and I have visited several of the famous homes in the Hudson River Valley, including the Rockefeller, Roosevelt, and Vanderbilt estates. This year we visited Olana and it is, in my opinion, the most impressive of all. It is sited on a hill looking west to the Hudson and the views are amazing.... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was very well done. Guide was very knowledgeable and timed properly. Make sure to book a tour in advance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with low expectations but spent over 3 hours with looking & asking volunteers stationed all over home questions. Learned great hint about looking at Church's artwork... Cup your hands like binoculars around your eyes too see the true beauty of his work! Best to make reservations & take your time. Thought grounds were nice but view from home was... More 

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