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Exhibition: In Frederic Church’s Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature
05/12/2019 - 11/03/2019 (more information)
Photo: © Len Jenshel, 2019

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

Map


www.olana.org

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Visit
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.

Public Park
Olana’s Landscape and carriage roads are always free to visit and open to the public, from 8:30AM to sunset. Visitors are welcome to use the parking lot near the Main House and pick up a map in the Visitor’s Center.

For information about Guided house and landscape tours, group tours and hours please visit www.olana.org. Hours frequently change. Book a Tour

Directions and Parking

Guided Tours
Tours of the Main House are popular, reservations are recommended. Purchase your ticket now, or call 518-751-0344.

Self-Guided Tours
Some Main House tours are also available as self-guided. Staff in the Main House will gladly provide additional information.

More about Self-Guided Tours

Audio Tours
Visitors can download several audio tours to learn more about Olana and Frederic Church prior or during a visit to Olana.

Download Audio Tours

Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery\
The 2019 exhibition “In Frederic Church’s Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature” is open in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery May 12-November 3, 2019.

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Museum Store
The museum store is open Tuesday to Sunday 10AM – 5PM, with some products always available to buy online. All proceeds support The Olana Partnership.

Shop Online

Group Visits and Tours
Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of 10 or more, and for any third-party guided tours, regardless of size. For more information, see Group Visits.

Hudson River Skywalk
See America’s First Canvas with the Hudson River Skywalk, a new historic and scenic walkway at the place where American landscape painting began. The new walkway connects the home and studios of the major Hudson River School artists, Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, over the Hudson River and across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, offering sweeping views of the Hudson River Valley and the Catskill Mountains. The Hudson River Skywalk Region includes the City of Hudson and the Village of Catskill, which both offer historic Main Street’s with restaurants, shopping and accommodations. The City of Hudson connects to New York City via AMTRAK.

More about Hudson River Skywalk

Accessibility
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. The lift dimensions are 33 inches wide and 46 inches deep. Please purchase an ADA ticket. 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.

Hours

Admission: Free


Coachmen's House Gallery
The Coachmen's House Gallery has been transformed into a free reading room

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


Accessibility

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. The lift dimensions are 33 inches wide and 46 inches deep. Please purchase an ADA ticket. 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.


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.

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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.


Exhibition

In Frederic Church’s Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature
May 12 - November 3, 2019
(more inforamtion)

Events

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