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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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I learned from TA that a reservation was needed. Thank you TA! I never would have done it and we would have missed out. Fascinating home, crammed full of the actual items that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I learned from TA that a reservation was needed. Thank you TA! I never would have done it and we would have missed out. Fascinating home, crammed full of the actual items that Church owned. Amazing views (worth a visit to see the view even if you can't get into the house; there is no charge to visit the grounds).

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Fishkill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Olana is situated atop a mountain. Frederick Church traveled to Greece, the Parthenon sitting atop the Acropolis hillside and wanted to design a similar place of his own. Well, the views of the Catskill mountains and the Hudson River below are absolutely breathtaking. A self-guided tour is best because in each room of the mansion is a certified guide who... More 

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Forest Hills, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the guided tour for the grounds and the self-guided tour for the house. This worked perfectly for us, since after trekking around for an hour, then having a relaxing picnic lunch, we really didn't want to spend another hour on our feet. We spent about half an hour in the house, and the docents inside were extremely knowledgeable.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a nice place to visit when in the area. The home is interesting and the view is great. You may want to call ahead to see if you can reserve a tour. The grounds there are pretty

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Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Olana is the Frederick Church estate perched high on a hill with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and Catskill mountains

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had long wanted to see Olana and was only disappointed by the fact that his famous "Our Banner in the Sky, 1861" was not hung while we visited. Otherwise it as a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. The tour guide was excellent. We were worried we might not get on a... More 

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Hunter, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A wonderful and enlightening tour of a beautiful home. The building and grounds are impeccably maintained and feature a visionaries view of the world and a great fondness for the area. The tour of the home was done nicely by the tour guide. I have done this tour several times and it has always been a good time and I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From the moment you see Olana in the distance from the Rip Van Winkle bridge, you know it's going to be quite a site. Amazing views of the river from an extremely quirky, and cool, house. Be sure to call ahead and get a reservation for a tour, as they sell out and it's not always possible to just show... More 

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Clifton Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Olana - both the house and the landscaped grounds - is a real treat in the Hudson Valley. You quickly understand that the location was carefully picked by Church to exploit an awesome view of the Hudson River. The house is delightful and even a tad whimsical, but clearly designed by someone with a very artistic understanding of the surrounding... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't imagine what I might add to what the other reviewers have already said very well. If you are a lover of history, art, architecture, the magnificent landscape of the Hudson Valley - you will find something of all of that here at Olana.

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