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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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a must for art lovers

Not fat from the NY Thruway.Good place to stop if you want to break up your trip. Interesting house... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Great hiking on carriage trails

Purchased map from Olana store very helpful in following carriage trails. Great scenery and not too... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lisa A
East Brunswick, 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 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
+1 518-828-0135
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Not fat from the NY Thruway.Good place to stop if you want to break up your trip. Interesting house modeled after Moorish architecture. The outside of the house is very distinctive. The inside not so much. Art lovers will love all the art inside the...More

Thank lovinretirement2015
Reviewed 4 days ago

Purchased map from Olana store very helpful in following carriage trails. Great scenery and not too strenuous.

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 6 days ago

Olana has become an important site for art history even though most of the paintings in the home are not top quality. It is crucial to understand this is a working artist's home preserved as it was in Victorian times. Church's taste in decor and...More

Thank Signe A
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been visiting Olana for nearly 30 years and have watched it "grow" as more and more of the Church's personal residence has been opened up for tours and the grounds have been gradually returned to their original splendor. In the year since our...More

Thank Walter f
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you do not know who Frederic Church was, or you have never seen any of his paintings, you should see Olana. The story of the house, its architecture, the creation of the landscape, the near-fatal sale, the just-in-time saving of Olana....it all makes...More

Thank jacquelinerose5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three of us visited Olana (which was taken over from ruin by the state under Rockefeller. If it was Cuomo's era, he would have bulldozed it and made it a bike path for votes). We took the tour and it was overwhelming. Love it so...More

1  Thank madogbill
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't expect what we found at Olana. We knew that it was Frederic Church's house, but we hadn't really read anything about it. The house turns out to be very impressive in both style and decor, and the views are stunning...and since the property...More

Thank Readyfornexttrip
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never heard of this state park before but it was happened to be open on Tuesday when many things were closed on that day. What a delightful surprise to visit the home and the grounds. It truly was an unexpected treat.

Thank joanie51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We traveled almost 100 miles to see Olana. When we got there we were told they had no tours open and we could not go in. I am disabled and this was a very long trip for me. I told the employee this and asked...More

Thank HistoryDetective
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visting Olana was the highlight of our week's stay in the Hudson Valley - it certainly rivals the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. The home is quite amazing because the Church's home & collection were miraculously kept intact. Thank goodness this historical & cultural gem...More

Thank BaliloverNewYork
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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