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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

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New York City, New York
Great Hudson Valley Site

This site is one of the jewels of New York State. The house is very interesting and guides are very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Pearl River, New York
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

I'm not really a fan of the Hudson River School of art, though there are individual paintings I like a lot. This house and the grounds around it however are like being inside one of the paintings and are fantastic examples of the expansion of art into the natural world. Decades of work are bringing the vision back closer to its source and I admire the way the State of New York is allowing that vision to shape development within view of the house. I highly recommend the carriage tour, even if you're an active walker, because it will take you to places you might otherwise miss, and the effect of the house and grounds is an amazing experience.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Bill W
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Why? Because here is the only interior where every item of furniture, every painting, every collectible in every room is EXACTLY preserved as shown in interior photographs taken when Hudson Valley artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) and his family lived in this romantic Persian style home.
Add the most superb landscapes, Hudson River overlook and intriguing family history, here is a must see Hudson area gem.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jim L
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

A remarkable property including grounds, with tour. My only reservation, possibly unjustified, is that one comes away with no appreciation of Church the artist. This tour focuses mostly upon the house - its history, construction, habitation, and ultimate restoration. There are some Church paintings inside, none major?, and they are uniformly poorly lit. I believe that this is from a desire to show the house in it's original state which is more often than not a dark, Persian-Victorian affair. Also, some tour time was devoted to a touring exhibit from South America, not really pertinent to why one visits Olana. But . . . we enjoyed the visit and would recommend it.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank ChiHipster
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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

I was very surprised as I wasn’t sure what to expect. The mention is gorgeous and the environment is beautiful and very peaceful. If you need a peace and serenity this is the right place. Love the story behind it too. It belonged to a family of artists who faced big tragedy. I’ll certainly come back and i strongly recommend.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Vlad Z
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

I was looking for something unique to do with a friend from the Lake George area while I was visiting home in Albany, NY.

I had very briefly been to the Hudson area four years ago and thinking it had a cool liberal vibe for Upstate New York.

I needed to find something to do for the day to entertain my friend and me. I looked on Trip Advisor and discovered Olana was a mere hour drive from where I was staying.

I read that tickets book up fast, but I was lucky to secure our tour tickets online the night before we went since it was for a Friday. Tickets for adults are $9 and you are provided with a 1 hour guided tour. We reserved the tickets online for free and paid for them at the gift shop when we arrived.

Our guide was good and told us some great stories about the history of the home and its owners. I'm not an art connoisseur by any means, but I did love seeing the paintings inside the house and learning about the story behind some of them.

I visited Turkey in 2013, so I have an appreciation for Middle Eastern style and art. The house has a good amount of this, which I really enjoyed.

I especially loved the architecture and design of the exterior of the home. It must have been amazing to live in this gorgeous house with the beautiful views of the Hudson River. I love how the house appears to have been specifically designed to capitalize on the sweeping views of the river and the mountains.

The grounds of the house are beautiful! It was chilly the day we went, so I wasn't up for wandering the grounds, but there seem to be some great walking trails. If it had been 65 and sunny, I would have loved to explore more.

The city of Hudson itself is really cool and has a great NYC vibe to it. I myself really appreciated all of the signs displayed by the shops about hope and messages of tolerance. It's a great little city with lots of art galleries and funky restaurants.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank NYCaliKara
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