Olana Launches Virtual Museum Store Just in Time for Mother’s Day

HUDSON – The most exquisite Museum Store in the Hudson Valley has launched its online platform just in time for Mother’s Day shopping. The Olana Museum Store is known for its unique, hand-made, exclusive items, and a wide assortment of books, which can now be purchased from the comfort of your home with new items being added each week. All purchases directly help to restore, protect, and interpret Frederic Church’s Olana.

Frederic Church traveled to many places during his lifetime, including Central America, South America, Europe and the Middle East, collecting objects, textiles, and art, which can be seen in the Main House today. While visiting Rome in 1868, Church wrote friend and patron William Henry Osborn describing a typical day as follows: “We dine at 2 – after dinner I take my exercise and recreation – see sights and rummage among the shops of antiquities . . .” In a later correspondence from Rome in 1869, Church invites Osborn to go to his New York studio and open boxes that had been shipped home from Constantinople, in order to retrieve their gifts:

“I think it would amuse you and Mrs. Osborn to see the medley in the box – for there are rugs armour stuffs curiosities, etc. etc., crowded in together and some of the other boxes have old clothes (Turkish) stones from a house in Damascus, Arab spears beads from Jerusalem stones from Petra and 10,000 other things.”

The Olana Museum Store is inspired by these travels, collections and works to include items that are reminiscent of a visit to Olana. These items make great gifts or personal mementos. Olana is a place to explore and discover as Church did the world and a place to fall in love with and return to.

While Olana is temporarily closed, you can now visit the Olana Museum Store virtually purchase an item that reminds you of your favorite place or give as a gift to mom or a loved one. Log onto OLANA.org now to browse the full lineup including items made specifically for Olana and sold exclusively at Olana using Frederic Church’s paintings, patterns, designs, and images; intricate handmade items by Hudson Valley artisans; guides for getting outdoors and Exploring the Hudson Valley; and beautiful books highlighting the life and legacy of Frederic Church. All purchases directly help to restore, protect, and interpret Frederic Church’s Olana.

About Olana and The Olana Partnership

Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century and the most important artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his 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 and welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. The landscape is open daily 8:30 AM-sunset.

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

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