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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Tour of Frederick Church’s Olana

A spectacular setting for a most unusual house. Colors and interesting shapes and designs abound... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
pkresner
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Huntington, New York
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Loved this house and historic site!

Happy to see my NY state tax dollars at work at this beautifully restored historic site. Exquisite... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brooklyn478
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Brooklyn, 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 3 weeks ago via mobile

A spectacular setting for a most unusual house. Colors and interesting shapes and designs abound. Our docent was wonderful, very knowledgeable. There’s so much originality and history. Plenty of paintings, I only wish the lighting was better so I could have really taken in all...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Happy to see my NY state tax dollars at work at this beautifully restored historic site. Exquisite building and grounds take you back in time to another place and time. Beautiful in tact home with original artifacts and Church paintings not reproductions. The views out...More

Thank Brooklyn478
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I toured the wildly eclectic and eccentric 19th century home of Hudson River School landscape artist Frederic Church. The combination of French, Italian, Moorish, Persian, Mexican, Victorian, Gothic and more was far too jumbled in total for my taste. I found, however,...More

Thank Rita E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must for all who love color. The paintings on view were first rate examples of the Hudson River School, plus the imaginative use of colors in the decor of every room. Harmonized, playful, richly thoughtful- a revelation of the artist's vision in all aspects...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I frequenly weekend in and around the Catskills, this time staying in Germanstown (about 10 miles away). Not having kids with us, we visited Olana and were not disappointed. Olana provides a glimpse into 19tb century life. It’s amazing Church amassed such...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For fans of the Hudson River School of painters, visiting Frederick Church's Olana is an amazing treat. The relevance of the house and its history are intertwined with the development of that art "movement". Still, the tour of the mansion and its wonderful state will...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After seeing this historic home on "Treasures of NY", we decided to take a trip to see this home built by Frederic Church, member of the Hudson School of Art. The home is perched on top of hill, fabulous views. However, the home is dark...More

1  Thank moongirl
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a beautiful mansion and gorgeous Hudson river views. I have toured the grounds and the mansion. I recommend stopping here. The guides were lovely and extremely knowledgeable. I will definitely be back!!

Thank Lavida L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on an overcast afternoon, which was a big mistake. The windows of the already dim rooms are always shaded and much of Church’s art work is in shadows in the corners, beyond the cordoned-off space for visitors. Instead of providing a solidly cohesive narrative/story...More

Thank WasOnce
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting friends and they brought us here to see the grounds did not do the inside tour. Just walking the grounds and looking at the house is Lovely!!

Thank Rowena K
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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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