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Olana State Historic Site

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Electric Cart Tour of Olana

Our one day available to visit Olana was threatening rain. We'd visited the house years earlier... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been seven years since we first toured Olana. Now, in the afternoon, the tours are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jean L
Newton, New Jersey
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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...more
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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our one day available to visit Olana was threatening rain. We'd visited the house years earlier, and loved it, but were very surprised that the house tours were completely booked when we went online several days before our arrival. So instead, we reserved tickets for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been seven years since we first toured Olana. Now, in the afternoon, the tours are self-guided, which means you can linger in the rooms, asking questions of the docents as you wish. You are not rushed through, and can revisit rooms to really...More

Thank Jean L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the view of the sunset over the Catskills and Hudson River! It was also exciting to view and experience the iconic outdoor sculpture, Penetrable by Soto.

Thank Tara T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The most beautiful site on the river. Great museum tours, spectacular grounds, cute gift shop. Well-managed, manicured even. One of the great spots to visit on the Hudson.

Thank Guy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent tours a wonderful historic site! Our guide Was very knowledgeable on the Hudson school art. The history of the life of Frederick Church and his family. The house is not what We expected a delightful discovery

Thank Nancy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Olana sits on a high hill overlooking the Hudson River. It is the historic home of Frederic Church, landscape artist. The interior of the home is elegantly furnished and ornate artifiacts. The grounds are wonderful for walking and relaxing. There are special programs offered throughout...More

Thank Dawn C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go for the tour or go to walk around the grounds for free! This place has amazing heritage, a unique history and some of the best views in all of the Hudson valley - Well worth the time to get there, relaxing and not overly...More

Thank stephenh4579
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read up on the Hudson River artists beforehand. Read as much about it as you can. And then, positively, absolutely go here. But do "educate" yourself a little bit about the Hudson River artistic movement (mid 19th century) -- even if only on Wikipedia. You...More

1  Thank mostly_happy_camper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can visit the grounds and garden anytime for free, but you can't get inside the house unless you're booked on a tour. It's a bit long at close to 1.5 hours, but quite interesting and the guides do a fantastic job. A most unique...More

Thank BostonSculpt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a day trip well spent. What an experience! The landscape of Olana was beautiful. The walking tour guide shared a lot of the history of how the landscape inspired Frederick E. Church’s paintings. Today the conservancy works to preserve the landscape to look...More

Thank Mary L
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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.
27 August 2016|
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Response from Esther32 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk. Not a far ride though
Caroline R
15 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes