To schedule, call 413.443.0188, x 100, or email us. Rates include general admission for the day.
Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour (mid April to early May)
This 90-minute tour led by Farmer Bill begins with a wagon ride through the Village and along the Farm & Forest Trail, and ends in the barn at a private area where you meet, hold and bottle-feed baby animals! Weekdays at 11 am. Weekends at 11 am and 1 pm. Advance reservation required. $30 /person, all ages. $27 / HSV members
Young Shakers Tour (July & August)
Youngsters, don a Shaker bonnet or hat for this 90-minute tour as you work and play like an 1800s-era Shaker child. Pick herbs from the Village gardens, ring the Dwelling House bell, write with a quill pen and/or bake a treat in the Shaker Kitchen! Daily at 11 am. Limit: 10 children per tour. Parent/chaperone must accompany. $15 per child, $30 per adult HSV Members: $10 per adult, $13 per child
Attics & Basements Tour (July – October)
Offered daily at 2 pm, this 90-minute all-access pass behind those “Museum Staff Only” signs will give you a peek into rarely seen areas of the Village’s most historic and significant buildings. $30/person; $27 / HSV members
Or…Create Your Own Shaker Adventure
To schedule a special tour, call 413.443.0188, x 100, or contact us by email. Topics are presented in 60- or 90-minute segments. Prices start at $40/person for a 60-minute tour and $50/person for a 90-minute tour.
Introduction to Hancock Shaker Village
A brief history of the Village and tours of the Round Stone Barn and Brick Dwelling with an experienced museum educator.
An introduction to Shaker spiritual life, discussion of the dual godhead, the second coming of “the Christ” and other elements of Shaker worship. Using the Village’s outstanding collection of art and artifacts, your museum educator will explore the progressive positions Shakers held on issues of social justice, including slavery, pacifism, poverty and gender equality. Includes a demonstration of Shaker songs and dances simple enough for everyone to join in!
An overview of Shaker architecture and the Village’s built environment that takes a closer look at the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn and other significant structures.
The Shakers valued natural resources. This tour focuses on solar and water power, “green” architecture and sustainable agriculture, exploring how each impacted life in the Village.