Olana State Historic Site

Olana State Historic Site The Olana Partnership supports Olana, the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Church, through fundraising, programming and advocacy.

The landscape is open everyday from 8AM to dusk; the Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Guided house tours are available Friday through Sunday starting at 11AM with last tour starting at 3PM. The Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery and the second floor is currently closed. Guided Historic Landscape Tours are available through November 8. The Coachman's House Gallery open until November 13.

This past weekend's opening of "In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature" was a tremendous s...
05/15/2019

This past weekend's opening of "In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature" was a tremendous success thanks to our members, donors, volunteers, and staff! Also, a very special thank you to The Wick Hotel for generously hosting our celebratory dinner honoring the architects, artists, and friends who have made this exhibition possible AND of course, allowing us the unforgettable experience of their impressive 'Smash Ball Dessert!'

Still a long road ahead to restoring Frederic Church's Barn. We have begun our efforts to clear out the barn's contents ...
05/13/2019

Still a long road ahead to restoring Frederic Church's Barn. We have begun our efforts to clear out the barn's contents with a big help from some friends.

Fun Fact: Frederic Church's ice boat and farm equipment were part of this move!

Treat mom this Mother's Day by visiting OLANA! Grab a bite from Gracie's Food Truck before embarking on our new exhibiti...
05/12/2019

Treat mom this Mother's Day by visiting OLANA! Grab a bite from Gracie's Food Truck before embarking on our new exhibition experience, "In Frederic Church's Ombra." Finally, show your appreciation by visiting ThePeachTree Brooklyn pop-up shop to make a bracelet with love for mom.

Happy Mother's Day to Isabel Church and all mothers!

Special thanks to our sponsor Columbia Memorial Health.

Already day dreaming about lunch? Gracie's Food Truck will be at Olana serving up some delicious dishes tomorrow, May 12...
05/11/2019

Already day dreaming about lunch? Gracie's Food Truck will be at Olana serving up some delicious dishes tomorrow, May 12 from 11 AM to 3 PM. There's no better way to enjoy Gracie's Classic American dishes than picnicking at Olana, one of the greatest American masterpieces.

Still searching for the perfect Mother's Day gift? . . . Tomorrow ONLY, for members receive 20% off their purchase at th...
05/10/2019

Still searching for the perfect Mother's Day gift? . . . Tomorrow ONLY, for members receive 20% off their purchase at the Olana Museum Store. Become a member today to enjoy this offer and other exclusive benefits such as an invitation to our Member's Exhibition Preview of "In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature" happening tomorrow, May 11. Not a member? No problem, follow the link to join now.

https://www.olana.org/membership/individual/

Columbia County Current
05/10/2019
Columbia County Current

Columbia County Current

Olana State Historic Site presents “In Frederic Church’s Ombra: Design in Conversation with Nature”, a showcase of multimedia design concepts and installations, developed by leading architects and select artists.

Make this Mother's Day special at Olana. There is a lot happening here this Mother's Day: Amy from ThePeachTree Brooklyn...
05/09/2019

Make this Mother's Day special at Olana. There is a lot happening here this Mother's Day: Amy from ThePeachTree Brooklyn will be onsite for a pop-up shop event and bracelet making, and our new exhibition, "In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature," opens to the public. Join us in making lifelong memories (and bracelets) with Mom!

Have you read up on our upcoming exhibition "In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature" featu...
05/09/2019
Leading Architects Respond to Olana’s Built and Natural Environments in New Exhibition at Frederic Church Site

Have you read up on our upcoming exhibition "In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature" featured in ARTFIXdaily? Learn all about the incredible architects and design concepts before the exhibition opens to the public this Sunday, May 12.

The Olana Partnership presents a special exhibition, IN FREDERIC CHURCH’S OMBRA: Architecture in Conversation with Nature, at the Sharp Family Gallery, Olana State Historic Site, from May 12 – November 3. Olana’s 2019 exhibition, "In Frederic Church’s Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with...

"In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature" opens this Sunday! This exhibition has been curat...
05/08/2019

"In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature" opens this Sunday! This exhibition has been curated by Barry Bergdoll from Columbia University/MoMA The Museum of Modern Art and includes Stan Allen Architect, Dan Wood and Amale Andraos of WORK Architecture Company, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Chris Doyle Studio, Mario Gooden (Huff + Gooden Architects), Walter Hood (HOOD Design Studio), Steven Holl Architects, Arantxa Solis Pozos, and Sage and Coombe Architects.

Image: Len Jenshel 2019

This Mother's Day, Amy from ThePeachTree Brooklyn will be joining us once again with a gemstone jewelry pop-up event fol...
05/07/2019

This Mother's Day, Amy from ThePeachTree Brooklyn will be joining us once again with a gemstone jewelry pop-up event followed by Mom and Me bracelet making. First, stop by for a unique shopping experience from 10-1pm where you can meet the artist and choose from a variety of natural stone jewelry. Then, from 2-4pm, join us for a drop-in Mom and Me bracelet making workshop, compliments of Columbia Memorial Health Join us for all or part of the day to celebrate family and motherhood here at Olana!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDERIC CHURCH born today in 1826!  Thank you for giving us this legacy that is Olana and continuing to ...
05/04/2019

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDERIC CHURCH born today in 1826! Thank you for giving us this legacy that is Olana and continuing to inspire so many of us.

In celebration, share with us your favorite Olana memory or way you've been inspired by Frederic Church!

Image: Frederic Church, "Clouds over Olana," August 1872, oil on off-white paper, 8 11/16 x 12 1/8 in., OL.1976.1. Collection Olana State Historic Site.

#TBT Since Spring is happening all around us we wanted to share Frederic Church's "Apple Blossoms" painted in May 1870. ...
05/02/2019

#TBT Since Spring is happening all around us we wanted to share Frederic Church's "Apple Blossoms" painted in May 1870. Church was very proud of the farm. You can see this painting which hangs in the East Parlor at Olana.

We are so excited to announce the launch of the Hudson River Skywalk website now live at www.hudsonriverskywalk.org!See ...
05/01/2019

We are so excited to announce the launch of the Hudson River Skywalk website now live at www.hudsonriverskywalk.org!

See America’s first canvas with the #HudsonRiverSkywalk, a new historic and scenic walkway at the place where American landscape painting began. The new walkway connects the homes 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.

Save the date for the ribbon cutting on June 1.

Photography by Zio & Sons, Historic Hudson

Major funding by Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK Program under the Market NY initiative.

Thanks to our partners New York State Bridge Authority, Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State Department of Transportation, Scenic Hudson, Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, Columbia County Tourism, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Chamber of Commerce, Choose Columbia - Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Empire State Development, Columbia Memorial Health, Hudson Tourism Committee, Catskill Development Corp, Hudson Business Coalitions.

Couple on Olana porch: @thefolklorehouse
Couple on Thomas Cole porch and Bridge: @martykatzoff @hannahissparrow

OLANA is looking for volunteers to join our team as Room Guides! Room Guides help orient visitors in the Main House and ...
04/30/2019

OLANA is looking for volunteers to join our team as Room Guides! Room Guides help orient visitors in the Main House and answer questions about Olana and its collections. You can support Olana by volunteering just 1 or 2 afternoons a week. We are especially seeking availability on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Get started as a volunteer at OLANA: https://www.olana.org/volunteer-form/

Credit: Steve Cohen

A rainy but great day sharing the OIana connection to the Hudson River Skywalk with our members yesterday during the Mem...
04/29/2019

A rainy but great day sharing the OIana connection to the Hudson River Skywalk with our members yesterday during the Members' Mimosas and Hard Hat event. If you're interested in an Olana insider's look become a member today: OLANA.org/membership

Photo: Beth Schneck Photography
04/29/2019

Photo: Beth Schneck Photography

Tomorrow, April 28, ALL Members receive 20% off purchases at the Olana Museum Store. Take advantage and become an OLANA ...
04/27/2019

Tomorrow, April 28, ALL Members receive 20% off purchases at the Olana Museum Store. Take advantage and become an OLANA member. When you purchase a membership this week we will also give you a 2nd membership to gift to the person of your choice (BOGO). Give the gift of membership! To become a member today visit http://www.olana.org/membership/individual/
Some exclusions apply.

Happy Birthday to Frederick Law Olmstead, born today in 1822. Considered to be the father of American Landscape Architec...
04/26/2019

Happy Birthday to Frederick Law Olmstead, born today in 1822. Considered to be the father of American Landscape Architecture, Olmstead co-designed many well-known urban parks with his senior partner Calvert Vaux (including Central Park) who was Frederic Church’s consulting architect as he built the Persian-inspired house at Olana. Church and Olmsted were distant relatives. It was Olmsted and Vaux who successfully nominated Frederic Church to be appointed as a member of the New York City Department of Public Parks in 1871. Several years later Olmsted was instrumental in the preservation efforts at Niagara Falls, which led to its creation as the country’s first state park. He credited Frederic Church with first bringing to his attention the need to preserve and protect this seminal American natural landmark.

Members’ Mimosas and Hard Hats is this Sunday, April 28th! All members are invited to join us for an insider's look at...
04/25/2019

Members’ Mimosas and Hard Hats is this Sunday, April 28th! All members are invited to join us for an insider's look at the OLANA section of the Hudson River Skywalk on April 28. Take advantage this week by becoming a member and we’ll give you a 2nd membership to give to the person of your choice (BOGO). Give the gift of membership! To become a member today visit http://www.olana.org/membership/individual/

Announcing the 2019 exhibition, "In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature" with guest curato...
04/24/2019

Announcing the 2019 exhibition, "In Frederic Church's Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature" with guest curator Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

More details to come or visit: https://www.olana.org/exhibitions/in-frederic-churchs-ombra/

Join The Olana Partnership and the Soane Foundation for a special talk titled, "The Global Grand Tour" by Tim Barringer....
04/24/2019

Join The Olana Partnership and the Soane Foundation for a special talk titled, "The Global Grand Tour" by Tim Barringer.

This lecture examines the Grand Tour as a site of origin for the Picturesque, the aesthetic category that would come to dominate landscape representation in Britain by about 1800. It offers a link between the European grand tour and that made by Joseph Banks and James Cook – a world tour. It also highlights Frederic Church as both an artist and world traveler. The lecture moves on to make the unusual claim that we can trace a range of similarities between paintings made by British artists in Italy, and those made after 1788 by a less privileged category of image-makers – the prisoners held in the British prison colonies of Australia, who produced an distinctive, antipodean form of Picturesque landscape. The lecture concludes by arguing that global grand tours of American painter Frederic Edwin Church continued this tradition and brought it to a climax.

Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. He specializes in the eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century art of Britain and the British Empire, nineteenth-century American and German art and museum studies.

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6pm
The Explorers Club, NYC

For tickets: http://soanefoundation.org/forms/ticket35_olana.html

Image above: Richard Wilson RA, 1714–1782, "British, active in Italy (1750–56), Rome from the Villa Madama," 1753, Oil on canvas,
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

We are excited to announce that our generous supporters to The Olana Summer Party will also be invited to a special priv...
04/23/2019

We are excited to announce that our generous supporters to The Olana Summer Party will also be invited to a special private reading of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle by David Rockefeller Jr. in his family home, Four Winds!

A reception will follow, and space is very limited. Secure your space by joining the host group: https://www.olana.org/ripvanwinkle/

Thomas Cole National Historic Site has a really special upcoming reception and talk this Thursday evening that you're no...
04/23/2019

Thomas Cole National Historic Site has a really special upcoming reception and talk this Thursday evening that you're not going to want to miss.

Join H. Daniel Peck, John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English, Vassar College as he celebrates the new book "Thomas Cole's Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek" to accompany the 2019 exhibition opening at the Thomas Cole Site on May 4.
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Thomas Cole's Refrain will illuminate masterpieces from major museums and private collections, and explore the deeper meanings of Cole’s Catskill Creek paintings, considered as an integral series for the first time. Spanning Thomas Cole’s mature career, the paintings of Catskill Creek from 1827 to 1845 constitute the most sustained sequence of landscapes the artist ever made.

The event will take place in a private first floor event space at 1A East 77th Street, New York, NY.

To learn more and get your tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reception-and-book-launch-with-h-daniel-peck-on-thursday-april-25-tickets-57884384753

Image: Thomas Cole, "View on the Catskill—Early Autumn," 1836-7, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Have you made any summer plans yet?  Why not include Olana's Plein Air Painting class with Beth Rundquist.  You can lear...
04/22/2019

Have you made any summer plans yet? Why not include Olana's Plein Air Painting class with Beth Rundquist. You can learn Plein Air Painting techniques and get inspiration from Frederic Church's OLANA all while spending time in the beautiful Hudson Valley. We have to say, we'd recommend it! To learn more visit: https://bethrundquist.com/paint-workshop/

A Special Offer for YOU!From 4.22.19 - 4.28.19 we're giving away a membership at the same level when you purchase a memb...
04/22/2019

A Special Offer for YOU!

From 4.22.19 - 4.28.19 we're giving away a membership at the same level when you purchase a membership (BOGO). To become a member today visit http://www.olana.org/membership/individual/

As a reminder, in observation of the holiday, the Visitor Center and Main House will not be open for touring today.Pleas...
04/21/2019

As a reminder, in observation of the holiday, the Visitor Center and Main House will not be open for touring today.

Please come visit the park with family and friends and walk around to enjoy the artists landscape and views.

Happy National Volunteers Day to our fabulous OLANA volunteers! Your dedication and excitement for sharing OLANA and car...
04/20/2019

Happy National Volunteers Day to our fabulous OLANA volunteers! Your dedication and excitement for sharing OLANA and caring for it is infectious. Thank you for all that you do every day. If you are interested in joining this team, fill out the form: https://www.olana.org/volunteer-form/

BOGO is back by popular demand, starting next week! April 22 – April 28 purchase one membership and get a second at th...
04/19/2019

BOGO is back by popular demand, starting next week! April 22 – April 28 purchase one membership and get a second at the same level. Give OLANA, it's the perfect gift.
To become a member: OLANA.org/membership

In observation of the holiday, the Visitor Center and Main House will not be open for touring on Sunday, April 21.  Plea...
04/19/2019

In observation of the holiday, the Visitor Center and Main House will not be open for touring on Sunday, April 21.

Please come visit the park with family and friends and walk around to enjoy the artists landscape and views.

OLANA is looking for volunteers to join our team! Becoming a volunteer at OLANA is a wonderful way to learn more about t...
04/17/2019

OLANA is looking for volunteers to join our team! Becoming a volunteer at OLANA is a wonderful way to learn more about this unique and beautiful site, meet new people, and have a fun and rewarding experience.

Get started as a volunteer at OLANA: https://bit.ly/2v7ImAf

Credit: Beth Schneck Photography

Congratulations to Linda Ferber,  museum director emerita and senior art historian at the New York Historical Society, 2...
04/16/2019
The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

Congratulations to Linda Ferber, museum director emerita and senior art historian at the New York Historical Society, 2017 Frederic Church Award recipient and member of Olana's National Advisory Committee on the opening of "The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists," at the Nationalgallery! Learn more, go visit and let us know what you think.

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin (1819–1900), the most influential art critic of the Victorian era, the Gallery will present more than 90 paintings, watercolors, and drawings created by American artists who were profoundly influenced by Ruskin’s call for a revo...

Frederic Church's "Moonrise" is featured in the current exhibition at the Hudson River Museum.  Watch the short video by...
04/15/2019
Why the Moon makes us all romantics

Frederic Church's "Moonrise" is featured in the current exhibition at the Hudson River Museum. Watch the short video by BBC News about the exhibition and go visit!

For centuries, our lunar neighbour has been a source of fascination and inspiration for poets and artists.

Frederic Church and Olana’s collections featured prominently in this morning’s lecture at the annual Newport Symposi...
04/13/2019

Frederic Church and Olana’s collections featured prominently in this morning’s lecture at the annual Newport Symposium “American Artists and Their Travels: Drawing Upon Geology” by Dr. Patricia Phagan, Curator at the Vassar College Museum of Art.

Join The Olana Partnership's President, Sean Sawyer, for a special presentation, "Frederic Church’s OLANA: Art, Archit...
04/12/2019

Join The Olana Partnership's President, Sean Sawyer, for a special presentation, "Frederic Church’s OLANA: Art, Architecture and Landscape" at the Greenport Historical Society in Hudson, NY on Thursday, April 18 at
7:00 PM!

Sean will explore the evolution of Church’s OLANA from farm to artistic masterpiece and discuss plans for expanding public access and interpretation, including new tours beginning this spring.

Our new website is live!  Visit the new and improved www.OLANA.org. Also check out our new offerings of Tours + Tickets ...
04/11/2019

Our new website is live! Visit the new and improved www.OLANA.org.

Also check out our new offerings of Tours + Tickets and come visit us Friday-Sunday this April.

Thank you Fusion Lab for the beautiful new design! http://www.fusionlab.com/

To our Plein Air Painters, join the Olana Plein Air Painting workshop this June with artist Beth Rundquist.  Make new fr...
04/11/2019

To our Plein Air Painters, join the Olana Plein Air Painting workshop this June with artist Beth Rundquist. Make new friends, experience Frederic Church's Olana and learn new techniques and tips. To sign up visit: https://bethrundquist.com/paint-workshop/

Has anyone gone to see the new "Hudson Rising" exhibition at the New York Historical Society?
04/10/2019
‘Hudson Rising’ Exhibit Features Living Breakwaters Project

Has anyone gone to see the new "Hudson Rising" exhibition at the New York Historical Society?

Exploring the complex history of the river’s pollution and conservation, a show at the New-York Historical Society highlights a holistic solution proposed by Earth Institute faculty member Kate Orff.

Address

5720 State Route 9G
Hudson, NY
12534

Amtrak to Hudson, NY, then 5 miles by taxi to Olana.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(518) 828-1872

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