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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Remarkably Gloomy

and also dramatic...extraordinary in all seasons...but particularly beautiful in its bleakness of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard E
Breath taking views

This historic site is amazing. they feature art pieces now on site and i have to say the property... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This historic site is amazing. they feature art pieces now on site and i have to say the property itself is a work of art. if you need a short hike/picnic spot this is a must if you are ever near. stop by they have...More

Thank Jurrific
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I arrived one day shortly before they were to close, and the very gracious lady at the desk booked me for the next day. I arrived JUST after my tour group had left and she graciously put me in the next tour. Lovely lady. She...More

Thank KeithHruza
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We were given the heads up by a store in Hudson. The site is magnificent and a total art lovers dream visit. The views are beyond spectacular and then go to the Met to see the ones there!

Thank gablegirl
Reviewed 23 November 2017

As it is with most historic mansions, the history is as compelling as the home itself. Olana was the home of Frederic and Isabel Church. They traveled and moved among New York City’s cultured citizens, but Olana was their primary home. The home reflects their...More

Thank Disneybus
Reviewed 17 November 2017

My fiancée and I hiked up to see this beautiful house and we thoroughly enjoyed the abundant foliage and the incredible views all around. We did not stick around to do a house tour but most spots were booked anyway so I would suggest buying...More

Thank amrisab
Reviewed 17 November 2017

a lovely old mansion built by Frederick Church who was one of the Hudson School of painters. Very whimsical in it's style offering a blend of Moorish and Oriental design influenced by Church's visits to North Africa and the Orient. Stunning views from the grounds.

Thank alec s
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Olana, Church's home is a living landscape painting. Rising well above the Hudson, he positioned and planted the trees, cleared the land to emphasize or frame the views of the river and surrounding countryside. Check the video by PBS station, WMHT for the complete story...More

Thank ge32225
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Was with the family today. Spectacular view and history!! Unbelievable art in the form landscape. There is a great video that patrons should see prior to the tour and hiking the grounds. Absolutely delightful!

Thank Cape-SoCal
Reviewed 4 November 2017

The house was built by Frederick Church and family way back in early 1900's. His design for the house, how he built on to it his art work and some others, that show first of all, the views of the Hudson Valley from ATOP the...More

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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
16 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes