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Olana State Historic Site

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Address: 5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
Phone Number: +1 518-828-0135
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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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Olana is home to exquisite works of art!

Olana is a castle in the clouds - rising above the Hudson River with a magnificent view of the valley and the Catskill mountains. Originally built as the home to Fredrick Church... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Athens, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Olana is a castle in the clouds - rising above the Hudson River with a magnificent view of the valley and the Catskill mountains. Originally built as the home to Fredrick Church, a proclaimed artist from the Hudson River School, the home is open for tours, and the grounds are perfect for walking the seemingly endless trails.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just to clarify, admission to the House is by tour only Friday to Sunday, 11-3. If you do go it's a beautiful historical site, perfect for scenic Hudson River views and walking around the grounds.

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Blue Hill Falls, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The view. The house was unavailable as it was off hours. Who cares? The VIEW! Warm October day, my daughter and her friend playing around the slopes and enjoying the view as well. I brought my watercolors and sat in the little garden. Did I mention the view? I would like to return to see works by Frederic Church... by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took both the garden and home tour. Our guides were very knowledgeable and pleasant. If you don't have enough time you can wander the grounds and go to the visitor center to watch a film about the history of Olana and Frederick Church. Beautiful setting, interesting architecture and furnishings. I suggest reserving a tour in advance. To think that all... More 

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Katonah, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful Home, marvelous grounds and gardens, outstanding views. Visit can be divided if you wish. Grounds and exterior and inside home tour.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parking can be slightly problematic on busy days. There is a parking lot up top but its very small and fills quickly you can easily park on the sides of the roads and walk. We did the outside and house tours. The guides for both were very good and the tours were interesting and well put together. You can also... More 

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Livingston, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place to visit. Staff is friendly and very informative. There are places to picnic with your family. Great views of the Catskills!!!

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Englewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Olana has a deserved reputation as one of the most glorious sites to visit in the United States. The grounds of this former home of Hudson River School of Art leader Frederick Church (1826-1900) are worth touring, especially when the weather is as cooperative as it was for us. The meandering carriage routes, all designed by Church himself, offer wonderful... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went here years ago with my mom, and we toured the house, which was beautiful (not to mention the views!) Went here again Sunday with friends, and we were unable to tour the house. I had tried to make reservations over-the-phone and online that morning but was unable to get through. Then when we got there, the 3 of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful place to visit with different activities. There are the guided tours, brief film, walking around the vast ground and trails (where you can have dog on a leash). The views, the life of Frederic Church and his family, the unique architecture are worth the visit.

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