HSV brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations.
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FAQs

If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, call us at 413-443-0188, x 100.

When is the Village open?
The Village is open from April through October for self-guided tours. Guided tours are available for groups year-round by advance reservation. Visit “Groups” on our website to make a reservation or call 413.443.0188, x 100.

How long should I plan to stay?
Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours at the Village, depending upon your interests, if you are self-touring. Allow at least 2 hours for a guided tour, with additional time to explore on your own or to shop in the Village Store.

May I take photographs or videos?
You are welcome to photograph or video anywhere in the Village. Tripods are not allowed inside historic buildings, however. If you wish to take images for advertising, exhibition or publication, contact the Director of Marketing in advance of your visit.

How much walking is involved?
Although there are 20 buildings at HSV, all of them are located within a walkable village setting of about 10 acres. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Benches are located throughout for sitting and resting. For more information, take a look at our Interactive Tour Map.

How will I know what’s going on when I visit?

Our Ticket Desk staff and museum educators are trained to help you navigate the Village and answer your questions about the Shakers. Also, look for the daily handout of talks, tours and demonstrations included with admission.

How should I dress? What if it rains?
Dress casually and wear comfortable shoes.  The Village is fun and interesting even if it rains. An umbrella and waterproof shoes are recommended. Keep in mind that while you will have to walk between buildings, most of what you will see and do is located indoors.

Can I get something to eat at the Village?
The full-service Village Harvest Café, open everyday from April through October, offers lunch and take-out picnics.

Where can I shop?
The Village Store, open every day from April through October, offers a variety of handmade Shaker reproduction furniture and crafts, books, toys, gifts, and more. Visit us for Online shopping too!

Do you have lodging at the Village?
No, but accommodations are available nearby. Contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 800-237-5747 or visit www.berkshires.org.

Can I get married at the Village?
Yes! Hancock Shaker Village is a great place for a wedding! Rent our tent deck with views across the historic grounds, including the Round Stone Barn, or any of our historic buildings for your rehearsal dinner, shower or family reunion. Click for information on weddings and special functions.

Is smoking allowed at the Village?
Smoking is allowed only in Visitor Parking.

Are pets allowed at the Village?
For the safety of your pet and HSV’s livestock, pets are not allowed.

What about hiking trails?

Our mile-long Farm & Forest Trail is fun and easy for everyone! It begins and ends at the Round Stone Barn, looping through cultivated farm fields, pasture, hardwood forest and past the historic Shaker marble quarry. Across Route 20, a 6-mile intermediate-level hiking trail takes you to the archaeological site of the North family. Ask for a map and more information at the Ticket Desk.

What about craft demonstrations at the Village?
Museum educators in our historic buildings engage in traditional Shaker trade crafts on a rotating schedule. Look for broom-making, basket- and oval-box-making, blacksmithing, textile spinning and weaving, chair-seat weaving and woodworking.

Are there people in costume at the Village?
Most of the museum staff wears modern clothing. Because HSV interprets the Shaker experience to the 1830s — the height of the community at Hancock — some museum educators and crafts demonstrators don Shaker dress from that period.