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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Fascinating house tour

When visiting Hudson, check out Olana, home of Hudson Valley painter Frederick Church. This 19th... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
rseveral
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Los Angeles, California
Stunning Exterior, Dark and Dreary Dining Room and Upstairs

My wife and I visited here yesterday. The exterior of the house is truly a work of art. It is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
CCdreamer
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Niskayuna, New York
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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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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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Reviewed 5 days ago

When visiting Hudson, check out Olana, home of Hudson Valley painter Frederick Church. This 19th century mansion appears to be a castle on a hill, but is really much more than that. Architecturally quirky, incorporating European and Middle Eastern art, the house is a gem....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My wife and I visited here yesterday. The exterior of the house is truly a work of art. It is gorgeous. We were disappointed with much of the interior, however. The upstairs was dark and depressing in our opinion. I can't imagine how dark that...More

Thank CCdreamer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's so incredible to visit a place that is basically the same as when an artist lived there, to see how their vision was realized and unaltered. We really didn't know much about either Church or the Hudson Valley school but this was both educational...More

Thank CongoLarry
Reviewed 1 week ago

Olana is by, for and about Frederic Church, landscape painter of the Hudson River school. He traveled in the east and middle east and came back and designed an amusing hodge-podge of Persian, Moorish and other eastern styles. It's impressive and well-restored. The setting above...More

Thank X-NYr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent time walking around for a few hours. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the views!! We missed the house tour but will go back for that.

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved learning about the Hudson Valley Artists and Fredrick Church. I loved the house - reminded me of the post romantic gothic of William Morris' Red House in England. Different inspiration but similar wonderful creativity in the decorations of the house. Really interesting tour and...More

Thank ZCC414
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Frederic Church’s home as he lived it. All original furniture. Every room artistically decorated by the artist. A great Hudson River School Painter. A must see

Thank wedphoto2003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Olana has been upgrading a lot in the last several years. Between repairs and maintenance of the house, the opening of the wagon house, lectures and programs, it has come a LONG way.

Thank NJTraveler264
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Olana is a magnificent 19th century mansion with an unspoiled "viewscape" of the Hudson River and the Catskills. One of its most fascinating aspects is the story of how it was saved at the 11th hour by a group of concerned and dedicated benefactors. The...More

1  Thank MARY O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be sure to not only take the house tour, but also walk the grounds. And if time permits, you may also want to cross the river to visit Thomas Cole's historic home site.

Thank Tracy B
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RosalindaG
30 October 2016|
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Response from EZReader | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can visit the grounds without booking a tour. The grounds are lovely.
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JTayj
27 August 2016|
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Response from Esther32 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk. Not a far ride though
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Caroline R
16 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes
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