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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
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Don't miss this Hudson River House

Not you typical Hudson River house. Tour guide was great explained why house was different and shared many things about Frederick Church you could not read about in any book. The... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not you typical Hudson River house. Tour guide was great explained why house was different and shared many things about Frederick Church you could not read about in any book. The grounds of Olana were simply magnificent showing the best of the foliage in the Hudson Valley. A must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A beautiful experience. Called a cab and traveled the 5 miles to Olana after booking a tour of the house. Really enjoyed the short films to get the background and then our eyes were opened with the amount of artefacts and paintings in the house. We learned all about Frederic Church and enjoyed the house and the grounds.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

spent a beautiful fall day hiking the trails. The fall foliage was at its peak and it doesn't get better than that. The views were breathtaking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured Olana as a local Garden Club during the busy Octorber foliage season. We were good to reserve both landscape and house tours for our large group months before our visit. The day happened to be one of a perfect October day, blue skies, peak foliage and mild weather. Our landscape tour was led by a real artist that... More 

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Saugerties, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to get to this historic location outside Hudson right off rte 9G, just a short trip over the Rip Van Winkle bridge from Catskill. Easy parking and an easy walk to the Olana site. Did not do the tour as you need to call ahead and reserve a spot. We were with friends visiting us from out of town... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Did you ever wonder what a gifted landscape painter would do if he had enough money to indulge his artistic vision? Well, wonder no more! Frederic Church was wildly successful as an artist, the rare case of artistic style coinciding with popular taste. He used his wealth and artistic talent to purchase farmland and build a Persian-style mansion uniquely situated... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Home of painter Frederick Church designed to reflect what Church thought of as 'Persian style'. Vivid colored paints, designs and Middle Eastern artifacts fill this exotic home. If you see only 3 houses on the Hudson, see this, Olana, and Kykuit the Rockefeller Estate.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Moorish architecture is not common in the United States and this is an absolutely phenomenal example. The grounds and view are beautiful. It gets crowded though, so book a tour in advance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the many estates in upstate NY that you can visit and be transported back in time, Church's Olana is a special one, since he was responsible for almost all the details: architectural & interior design. The views from the top of the hills are amazing and pretty much as they were back in the time: many acres around... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So hard to see the interior of the home due to poor lighting. Very crowded. Difficult to tell who is working there. No tours, all self guided. The staff need to rethink their approach. Tho I didn't do a tour of the grounds due to weather and group timing, I think just a walk around would be the best aspect... More 

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