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Olana State Historic Site

  • 5720 Rte 9G Hudson, NY 12534
  • South of Albany
  • Overview

    Named for a fortress treasure-house in ancient Persia, Olana was the home of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), one of America's most important artists, a student of Thomas Cole, and a major figure in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Built high on a hill near Hudson, New York between 1870 and 1891, Olana offers magnificent sweeping vistas of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River and the Taconic Hills. Olana is a New York State Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Hudson Valley and upstate New York. Olana offers programs and tours throughout the year. The surrounding grounds, with an extensive system of carriage drives, are open year round for hiking, cross-country skiing, picnicking and other outdoor activities. Grounds open 8 AM to sunset daily. April – October House Tours Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays, April through October, 10AM-5PM; the last tour starts promptly at 4PM. The house is only available by guided tour. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 518-828-0135 November – March House Tours Friday and Saturday 11AM-4PM; Sunday 12PM-4PM; the last tour starts promptly at 3PM. The house is available by guided tour only. Reservations can be made by calling 518-828-0135 House Tours: $9 Adults $8 Seniors and students (students must show ID) Children 12 and under free