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Olana State Historic Site
Hudson, New York
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Exhibition: Penetrable:
Jesús Rafael Soto

Through-10/2018 (more inforamtion)
Jesús Rafael Soto
Penetrable, 1990
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.
© 2017 Peter Aaron/OTTO
Penetrable, 1990

Olana State Historic Site
5720 State Route 9G
Hudson, New York 12534
Phone/Reservations: 518-828-0135
Fax: 518-828-6742



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Tours of the main house at Olana are very popular, so reservations are highly recommended. Reservations can be made by clicking on the Book a Tour button below or calling (518) 828-0135 during business hours. Admission to the main house at Olana is by guided tour only. Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour starts. Unclaimed tickets will be made available to other visitors on site and waiting. All hours and fees are subject to change.

Book a Tour


Guided Tours
Admission to house by guided tours only. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged as the tours are full on weekends and especially from April through October. Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour starts. Unclaimed tickets will be made available to other visitors on site and waiting.

Please use online reservations or call (518) 828-0135 to select your tour date and reserve the tours.

THE HOUSE (Guided Tours)
The house tour starts with the main floor and the studio, richly decorated with paintings and collections, Eastern-inspired home illustrates the story of Olana's creation and its importance to Church and his family as a place of refuge and inspiration. During the summer season, the tour begins at the visitor center, with a short walk along the carriage drive and includes the second floor, with Frederic and Isabel Church's bedroom suite and the exhibition in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery.

Visit www.olana.org for hours, admission and to book your tour.

Historic Landscape Tours

Guided Electric Carriage Landscape Tour
Traverse the landscape in an electric carriage; guided tour of 5 miles of historic carriage roads; approximately 1 hour.

May 26 – November 5, 2017
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:30am: Electric Carriage Only | $25 (including, Members, Seniors 62+ and Students)
2:30pm: Combo Electric Carriage/House Tour | Member: $25, Non-Member: $35

Meet near Visitor Center, signage marks starting place.
Walk-ins welcome, but not guaranteed. Maximum: 5 persons
This tour is great for certain types of limited mobility; please contact our staff to assist you with your special needs at education@olana.org. Due to safety reasons, children ages 12 and under are prohibited.

About: This guided tour of Olana’s artist-designed landscape covers most of Frederic Church’s 250-acre composition and spans more than 150 years of history. The route circles Olana’s hilltop for 360-degree views, circles the lower lake, ascends Crown Hill, passes through the farm complex, and up the North Road switchback route. Topics include art and design, the native woodlands and meadows, the farm, the constructed lake, Church’s original painting studio, architectural elements, viewshed protection, and Olana’s ongoing preservation story.

Guided Walking Landscape Tour
Ridge Road, South Road + New Approach Road; guided tour of 1.5 miles of Olana’s upper carriage roads; approximately 1 hour

May 26 – November 5, 2017
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
12:30pm: Walking Tour

Individual: $12
Senior (62+)/Student with valid ID: $10
Members/Children under 12: Free

Tour meets near Olana Visitor Center, signage marks starting place near parking lot staircase. Audio headsets are available. Maximum: 20 persons

About: This guided walking tour circles the upper hilltop to include far-reaching 360-degree views. It combines facts about Frederic Church and his large-scale naturalistic design of Olana, as well as recent efforts to restore Olana’s landscape and protect its viewshed. Topics include the historic carriage road system, native woodlands and meadows, the Hudson River, the farm, the constructed lake, Church’s original painting studio, architectural elements, and Olana’s ongoing preservation story.

Self-Guided Digital Landscape Tour
Ridge Road, South Road + New Approach Road; self-guided tour of 1.5 miles of graded gravel historic carriage roads; approximately 1 hour

Year-Round. Available on your mobile device. Free guest WiFi is available at the Visitor Center.
Map + brochure are available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Price: Free

About: Learn about the history and ongoing historic restoration of Olana’s artist designed landscape. Imagine walking inside a Frederic Church painting. While you learn a myriad of facts you will be inspired on Church’s many historic carriage roads. The tour can be listened to anywhere, but to follow along with the geography, please start at the historic map at the bottom of the parking lot stairway. We suggest wearing good walking shoes.


Olana Museum Store
Visitor Center and Museum Store

The Visitor Center offers a film and an illustrated panel display about the life of Frederic Church and the history of Olana. The Museum Store stocks a wide range of goods inspired by Frederic Church's art and the exotic furnishings of his home.


Admission: Included with grounds access

Coachmen's House Gallery
The Coachmen's House Gallery hosts a contemporary exhibition annually.

Visit www.olana.org for details.

Admission: Included with grounds access.

Group Tours
Reservations are for groups of 10 persons or more. We prefer that group reservations be made at least one month in advance of the visit. We ask that groups arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour reservation time to pick up and distribute their reserved tickets and to allow time for the group to assemble. A complimentary pass is available for the driver and tour leader with group tours.

Please fill out the Large Group tour form

School Tours
Olana’s programs provide an opportunity to engage the imagination, encourage creativity and explore the tenets of art, architecture, language arts and the environment. Explore the lives of the people who lived at Olana, the history of the 19th century and the Hudson River School. On-site and outreach programs are available by advance reservation made at least two weeks prior to the program.

Please contact the education department by Email or call (518) 828-1872 x 109.

Fees: Site visit: $2/child; one chaperone free for every 10 children; $9/adult
Outreach: $50/class of 30 students

More information about school tours

Olana is accessible to people with mobility limitations and other types of accessibility concerns. We are constantly working to make the visit comfortable for all visitors.

Visitors using wheelchairs may participate in the Main Floor and Studio tour. A lift can provide access to the main floor. Please request assistance at the Visitor Center at the time of ticket purchase. The Combined Main Floor & Second Floor Tour includes several steep flights of stairs. Alternate access is available via computer stations in the Visitor Center to view a video showing the upper floors of the house. The Visitor Center and restrooms are also accessible.

For visitors who are hearing impaired: The orientation film, “Frederick Church’s Olana” with closed-caption, can be viewed at the Visitor Center. A booklet describing the rooms of the house is also available.

Frederic Church's Olana
Frederic Church, one of the premier American landscape painters, will forever be associated with the Hudson River Valley, where he painted and made his home. Immensely popular in the mid-19th century, his paintings are characterized by a calmness and sense of hope.

Born in 1826 in Hartford, Connecticut, Church studied for several years with Thomas Cole, widely regarded as the first exponent of the Hudson River School of painting. Church moved to New York in 1849 and began his independent career. Within a year he became the youngest artist ever to be elected to the National Academy of Design - a distinction that remains to this day.

Church traveled widely throughout his career, using his sketches of New England, South America, Europe, the Arctic, and the Middle East, to create the transcendent landscapes that brought him fame, respect, and wealth. By the late 1870s, severe rheumatism had largely curtailed his career, although he continued to sketch at his home and many trips to Mexico in the 1880's and 1890's. Church spent most of his last twenty years at his estate on the Hudson River, Olana, finally dying in New York City in 1900.

What is Olana?
The name Olana first appeared written "Olâna" as the heading of a letter written by Isabel Church. A contemporary newspaper article credited Isabel for thinking of the name, explained as "the old Latin name for a place in Persia, to which the artist's home bears some resemblance in situation." Scholars have linked the name to a translated volume of Strabo's Geographica, a Christmas gift from Isabel to Frederic. Strabo's publication describes the geography of the Roman Empire and references the city "Olane," as one of the "treasure-storehouses" on the Araxes River, which offered a view of Mount Ararat, where Noah's ark was said to rest. It is likely that the Churches appreciated the associations this name had their own Persian-inspired stone "fortress" situated high above the Hudson River with majestic views west to America's promised land.

Built high on a hill near Hudson, NY between 1870 and 1891, then as now, the main house offers magnificent sweeping vistas of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River and the Taconic Hills. Today, 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.

Called by Church "the Center of the World," Olana's Persian-style house and 250-acres of picturesque grounds are a masterpiece as grand as any of his paintings.


About The Olana Partnership
The Olana Partnership supports the conservation, preservation, development and improvement of the Olana State Historic Site, which is open to the public throughout the year. Its goal is to inspire the public by preserving and interpreting Olana, and to create the most widely recognized artist's home and studio in the world, vibrant with the activity of students, visitors and scholars.

Olana State Historic Site - administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region - is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to support the restoration, development and improvement of Olana State Historic Site.

Mission for The Olana Partnership:
To inspire the public by preserving and interpreting Olana, Frederic Church's artistic masterpiece.

Vision for Olana:
The fully restored Olana, vibrant with the activity of students, visitors, and scholars, will be the most widely recognized artist's home and studio in the world.


Penetrable: Jesús Rafael Soto
Through-November 2018
(more inforamtion)


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