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Olana State Historic Site

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Persia on the Hudson

Olana, Frederick Church's home, is a gorgeous gem in the Hudson Valley. The Victorian-Persian... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Interesting River School Art Time Capsule

The site is the estate of Frederick Church one of the more famous "River School" artists who... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2018
New York City, 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...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

The tour was okay. I personally like the gardens and the view more. There is a lot of walking and steps to climb.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AMCO127
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Olana, Frederick Church's home, is a gorgeous gem in the Hudson Valley. The Victorian-Persian architecture is unlike most anything you will see anywhere in the region. The views of the landscape outside are matched by the interior. Stunning, a must-see for lovers of art, nature...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

The site is the estate of Frederick Church one of the more famous "River School" artists who devoted much of his effort painting scenes of New York's Hudson. Valley. If you're into landscape painting this site is a must see. the estate has been preserved...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 61baberuth
Reviewed 7 December 2018

This site is one of the jewels of New York State. The house is very interesting and guides are very knowledgeable. The grounds are beautiful anytime of the year.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hamradio1957
Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

Location, setting, home, landscape, all were very beautiful. Definitely worth a visit to gain a glimpse of another time in our country. Like an English manor home with a twist.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MJR1964
Reviewed 13 November 2018

The home is nothing special. Neither grand or impressive. The short walk from the visitor center to the home was quite steep and difficult for many of the for elderly folks in our group.The tour was short and many rooms in the home were not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mike B
Reviewed 8 November 2018

We loved our visit to Olana, as much for the opportunity to visit the home of an important American artist as to view the architecture and stunning landscape. You must take a tour to enter the house, and our guide was very good - knowledgeable...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bookistan5
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Touring this fabulous former home now a museum facility, was a time warped experience . It's setting on Hudson was over the top, views from every angle. The craftmanship and all the attention to detail in the dwelling left me breathless. They sure knew how...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

First, the tours do sell out so book as soon as you know you want to go. We weren't that smart, but we went anyway and were able to get in, maybe they had cancellations? Second, if you are a NY resident there is a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RooneyHouston
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Enjoyable and informative tour through an authentically preserved home. Beautiful views of the Hudson through many windows and doorways which open into the fresh air. Not overly stuffy, you can imagine living there yourself. The tour guides are friendly and knowledgable. Don't forget to walk...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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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