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“Delightful Whimsy”

Olana State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Hudson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous welcoming historic Olana; a charming respite from the busy streets of Hudson. I am planning another longer visit. Darling accommodating staff such a special place!

Thank Susan T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Bill W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Jim L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank ChiHipster
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Vlad Z
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