Inspiring tours start at $28 per person, which includes general admission to the Village for the day. Add another tour for $10. To schedule, call 413.443.0188 x100, 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, or contact us by email.
Introduction to Hancock Shaker Village Includes a brief history of the Village and tours of the Round Stone Barn and Brick Dwelling.
Attics and Basements Peek into ”off limits” areas at two of the Village’s most significant buildings, the Laundry & Machine Shop and the Brick Dwelling, to learn more about Shaker architecture and material culture.
Shaker Spirituality 101
Introduction to Shaker religious beliefs and spiritual life, including the dual godhead, second coming of “the Christ” and other elements of the Shaker style of worship, as well as simple-to-perform songs and dances that were part of everyday Shaker life.
Turn on the Turbine
With instruction from Village staff, operate the Shakers’ 1850s-era water-powered turbine in the Laundry & Machine Shop, and learn about its relevance to current discussions on green energy and sustainability.
Make a Seasonal Recipe
You’ll make a simple but delicious Shaker treat in the 1830s-era kitchen using ingredients from the Village’s own organic gardens and farm. Continue with your tour and return in time to pull your creation out of the oven. Enjoy!
This overview of Shaker architecture and the Village’s built environment includes a closer look at the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn and other significant structures – or, choose the buildings that most interest you.
This in-depth tour of the Village’s medicinal herb gardens includes a look at the objects the Shakers used in their extensive herb industry, and the many uncommon plants they cultivated on the farm and harvested in the wild.
Lead a friendly young calf around the village, and learn about its life on the Shaker farm.
Tour the archives and go behind the barriers to see collections of furniture not normally on view to the public. Learn what makes an object “Shaker.” Focus on one Shaker design, or get an overview of Shaker chairs, tables, candle stands, tailoring counters and case pieces.
Go behind the barriers and into the archives with our experts for a closer look at Shaker garments and textiles. Focus on specific items or choose a general overview of Shaker-made cloaks, mittens, bonnets, vests, “fancy work,” towels and pincushions.
Collections: Shaker Inventions and Innovations
Explore the many inventions and patents credited to the Shakers — flat brooms, clothespins, seed packages, the circular saw, round barns, steel-nib pens, washing machines and other items — along with the myths and legends associated with them.
Oval Boxes and Woodenware
Meet a Village box maker to learn how and why the oval box became a Shaker icon. Examine genuine boxes in the collection, and other small woodenware that the Shakers used in their homes and shops and on their farms.
The Shakers and Social Justice
The Shakers held progressive positions on slavery, pacifism, poverty, gender equality and other issues of social justice. This tour uses the Village’s outstanding art and artifacts to explore how such Shaker beliefs developed.
Delve into the unlikely association between Native Americans, who populated the region before the arrival of Western settlers, and the Shaker community at Hancock. Native Americans played a role in the Shaker use of herbal remedies, basketry and other endeavors, and even influenced their religious practice.
The Shakers valued natural resources. This tour focuses on solar and water power, “green” architecture and sustainable agriculture, and explores how each impacted life in the Village.
See the Village through the eyes of a Shaker child, from how they lived and played to where they went to school. Don a Shaker bonnet or straw hat and walk in the footsteps of the children who lived at Hancock.