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Olana State Historic Site


An official Path Through History Site! Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church, the preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century. It is considered the most important artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the US. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. An array of Church`s art and collections are displayed and a gallery on the second floor features annual exhibitions. The house and landscape are open for guided touring, and reservations are highly recommended. The landscape is open daily 8 am to sunset. Hiking, picnicking, birding, snow-shoeing, and cross country skiing are available seasonally along with programs and special events. Recreational activities on the lake include fishing (with valid NYS fishing license and permit), kayaks, and non-motored boats. Permits for these activities are available from the Site Manager’s office.



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Things To Do

Art & Culture
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Outdoor Adventures
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Tours & Excursions
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Winter Activities
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Accessible Amenities

Blind/Low Vision
  • Blind/Low Vision Accommodations:
  • Signage: Yes
  • Staff Orientation to Venue: Yes
Cognitive/Autism Spectrum
  • Cognitive/Autism Spectrum Accommodations:
  • Staff Orientation to Venue: Yes
Deaf and/or Hearing Loss
  • Deaf and/or Hearing Loss Accommodations:
  • Closed-Captioned Films/Videos: Yes
  • Accessible Amenities:
  • Accessible Car Parking Onsite: Yes
  • Accessible Van Parking Onsite: Yes
  • Assistive Equipment: Yes
  • Service Animal Relief: Yes
Mobility/Wheelchair Access
  • Mobility/Wheelchair Access Accommodations:
  • Accessible Bathroom: Yes
  • Accessible Entrance: Yes
  • Accessible Route: Partial
  • Low Service Counter or Window: Yes
  • Accessible Guided Tour: Yes
  • Outdoor Accessible Seating: Yes
  • Accessible Outdoor Tables: Yes
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