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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 - 16:00
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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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Pack a generous lunch and hit the road to visit Olana,the Persian- inspired mansion of Frederick Church (May 4, 1826 – April 7, 1900),a famous American landscape painter. He was a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ridgefield, CT USA
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Cortez, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tour excellent. Amazing architecture and collection of art from all over the world, particularly India, Mexico, and Middle Eastern and North African countries. Fascinating life story. Interesting man, Frederick Church. Lovely landscaped grounds with lake and other features. Overlooks Hudson River. I want to go back in summer when can do full house tour and also a tour of the... More 

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Vernon, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The grounds are pretty and the view is spectacular of the Hudson River and Valley. It was a beautiful, sunny, breezy day. I gave this site a 3 because of the house tour. We visited on Saturday, 04/29, and made reservations in advance for the 3PM house tour. We were excited to tour the home, and anticipated an hour long... More 

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Ridgefield, CT USA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pack a generous lunch and hit the road to visit Olana,the Persian- inspired mansion of Frederick Church (May 4, 1826 – April 7, 1900),a famous American landscape painter. He was a member of The Hudson river School, a pupil,a friend and a neighbor of Thomas Cole, the founder of the School of American landscape painters If you have a big... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful day to visit the historic Olana. Fasinating one hour tour of Fredric Church's magnificent home. The home is spectacular and the views of the Catskills and the Hudson river is incredible.

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New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Olana on a Spring weekend and it wasn't crowded. The tour of the house was very interesting but we wish we'd packed a lunch to spend more time on the grounds. The views of the Hudson River were spectacular and the grounds are beautiful.

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

The grounds, views and castle-like home of Fredrick Church are amazing. The tour is informative and enjoyable. Worth a visit!

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Hudson, New York
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

The Beauty which was created by this artist really is fascinating and well worth a look. The house itself is wonderful, however, the gorgeous fields and the spectacular views that surround it, make it even better! It's great for the whole family!

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Coxsackie, New York
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Fascinating grounds surround this Moroccan beauty. Take the short tour if you're able of the first floor.

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Athens, New York
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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