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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Art and nature in Hudson

For fans of the Hudson River School of painters, visiting Frederick Church's Olana is an amazing... read more

Reviewed yesterday
William G
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Schenectady, New York
Disappointed!!!

After seeing this historic home on "Treasures of NY", we decided to take a trip to see this home... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
moongirl
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Staten Island, 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 yesterday

For fans of the Hudson River School of painters, visiting Frederick Church's Olana is an amazing treat. The relevance of the house and its history are intertwined with the development of that art "movement". Still, the tour of the mansion and its wonderful state will...More

Thank William G
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Reviewed 3 days ago

After seeing this historic home on "Treasures of NY", we decided to take a trip to see this home built by Frederic Church, member of the Hudson School of Art. The home is perched on top of hill, fabulous views. However, the home is dark...More

Thank moongirl
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Such a beautiful mansion and gorgeous Hudson river views. I have toured the grounds and the mansion. I recommend stopping here. The guides were lovely and extremely knowledgeable. I will definitely be back!!

Thank Lavida L
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited on an overcast afternoon, which was a big mistake. The windows of the already dim rooms are always shaded and much of Church’s art work is in shadows in the corners, beyond the cordoned-off space for visitors. Instead of providing a solidly cohesive narrative/story...More

Thank WasOnce
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visiting friends and they brought us here to see the grounds did not do the inside tour. Just walking the grounds and looking at the house is Lovely!!

Thank Rowena K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing views and an eclectic moorish influenced house create an interesting hour+ experience. Take the tour and enjoy the art and artifact collection-very interesting and a varied view of beauty in the collected works and items

Thank DavidSta
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I haven’t been here since I was a kid. Not only do you get to see an amazing house and architecture but an art museum as well. Bring your camera because the views from the mountaintop are amazing. This place is great for families, couples,...More

Thank KABM1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to visit this historic site, but learned that the main house requires a ticket, which were sold out when we arrived (buy in advance!). The grounds were free to access and enjoy, though, so we made the most of that. Grounds are very...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have two types of house tours -- one is with a guide, the other is self guided. We took the self guided tour and was disappointed. Even though there were guides stationed in the rooms to answer questions it was hard to ask questions...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only do you have the opportunity to see a beautiful property and learn some history of the area, but the view is just wonderful. A must see if you are in the area.

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