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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Outstanding views of the Hudson

It is worth the effort to reserve house tour tickets ahead of time. Our docent Barbara was quite... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lynne C
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Nice place to stop and see. Cool building and grounds. Enjoyed the gift shop area. Local items for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Albany, 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 4 days ago via mobile

It is worth the effort to reserve house tour tickets ahead of time. Our docent Barbara was quite knowledgeable and entertaining. The interior is much as it would have been when Church lived there. The house is situated to take advantage of the river view....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to stop and see. Cool building and grounds. Enjoyed the gift shop area. Local items for sale.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The home of Frederick Church, Olana stands high on the banks of the Hudson and features lovely views both inside and outside of the house. Church's eclectic influences and beautiful creations are featured through the House, so many custom touches to suit his temperament and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful Castle! Wonderfully maintained and preserved history! They are working on the grounds but it is well worth a stop to see true landscape and architectural artistry by an Historic American Artist! The family maintained its authenticity which makes it even more precious!...More

Thank Nazareth B
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

While staying in downtown Hudson, we stopped at Olana on the way into town. Located on top of a beautiful mountain, this beautiful mansion sits. You can walk around, explore the area, enjoy the beautiful scenery. Very beautiful building, in person, the details are stunning....More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Have enjoyed hiking the lovely grounds at Olana during all the seasons. Stopped here on a weekend in February and was delighted by Soto's outdoor art installation "Penetrable". At first I was put off by its bright color, but you need to walk through it...More

Thank Table42
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Interesting tour of home of famous artist (Church, of the Hudson River School). Eclectic design with mostly mideastern influences and lots of knicknacks from all over. Pretty grounds with nice views.

Thank jag343
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

I am lucky enough to live near Olana. I have seen the house and evolve over the years. My family and friends often just go to visit the grounds. If you do the house tour, book early...it fills up. I am also a fan of...More

1  Thank epicNewYork
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

You can enjoy touring the grounds of Olana and staring at the exterior, but an inside tour is a must. Book ahead, because the tours are usually sold out. We tried the day before our visit and could only book a "self-guided" tour. Turned out...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

and also dramatic...extraordinary in all seasons...but particularly beautiful in its bleakness of winter..rising up from the top of the mountain as winter winds battle the ancient fortress looking tower, Warm weather picnics on the lawn...and a watershed view suggesting just why the inspiration of Mr...More

Thank Richard E
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RosalindaG
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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
15 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes
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