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Olana State Historic Site

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Address: 5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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+1 518-828-0135
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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You wouldn't expect this piece of history to be sitting on the mountainside right by the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. But it's location is probably the best view of the entire area... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Athens, New York
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Athens, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You wouldn't expect this piece of history to be sitting on the mountainside right by the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. But it's location is probably the best view of the entire area which is of course why it was chosen in the first place. Amazing structure and eclectic art collections from an era gone by. If you are passing through,... More 

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Mallacoota, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The house and gardens are absolutely worth the trip. There is a short house tour that is informative - so take it if you can!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What sets Olana apart from other (also noteworthy) historical sites along the Hudson river is that it was build to live in by a visionary artist. Touring the house one gets the feeling that the people who lived there (F. Church and family) loved the house and its surroundings. For example, they used the central hallway to perform home produced... More 

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Cairo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Olana on a field trip with my kids for school. I loved it and so did the kids. The tour guides were phenomenal. The hike had magnificent views. I loved it so much, I told my parents about it and THEY went. This is definitely a photogenic place all year round!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eccentric and eclectic Victorian extravaganza, built by one of the artists who best recognized the commercial potential of landscape painting. Fun and amazing, rather than beautiful. But the surrounding landscape that inspired Frederick Edwin Church is beautiful. We reserved the ride around the property (rather than a 5 mile hike) more than a month in advance and enjoyed it. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

Another example of the rich history in this area. Reserve a spot on a tour so you can see the inside of the house, which is just as awesome as the outside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide, Kimberly, made the history of Olana come alive through her anecdotes and encyclopedic knowledge. And every nook and cranny of the house and grounds is filled with examples of Church's vision for his home and the surrounding landscape. The hand-stenciled door panels, the tiles surrounding the fireplace mantels, the collected objects, the furniture, the layout of the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

Great tours of the grounds and the house. Interesting history of the painter. Definitely worth multiple visits.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

Visited friends in the Albany area and decided to see Olana. Make sure to call ahead --even days--to secure a reservation time. Information over the phone is not as clear as it could be. The day was perfect and the views of the Hudson Valley waiting for our tour time were STUNNING. Wandering the expansive property was an enjoyable way... More 

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Palisades, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

What a truly magnificent house and grounds. The views are spectacular and the history impressive. There is a gift shop and information area that gives you all of the history of the location

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