Our season begins in April and runs through October. All of the historic buildings are open and you may walk through the Village at your own pace. The Discovery Room is also open with activities for children.
During our season, the Village springs to life with hands-on history. The 20 buildings of the historic Village draw visitors from around the world. From April through October, visitors may roam the Village at their own pace, talking with interpreters and choosing from a variety of craft demonstrations and programs. In the Visitors Center, exhibitions look deeper into specific aspects of Shaker life and place the Shakers into a broader American context. Guided tours are also available through advance arrangements.
Throughout the Village, artisans demonstrate Shaker crafts, gardeners tend herb and heirloom vegetable gardens, farmers talk about livestock on the Shaker farm, guides teach about Shaker worship and work, the Shaker schoolteacher (costumed staff) gives lessons in the schoolhouse, and the Discovery Room – our center of hands-on fun – is open with activities for young and old.
Hiking our trails is a great way to see Hancock Shaker Village from another vantage point! Discover our Shaker legacy along trails which pass bygone building sites and gathering places while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Berkshires.
Farming was at the heart of all Shaker communities and agricultural experimentation and technology made their farms models of efficiency and innovation.
A dynamic schedule of exhibitions is shown in The Beatrice O. Chace Gallery during Main Season. The authentic buildings of his beautifully restored village are home to the premier collection of Shaker artifacts. Graceful Shaker furniture, craft and household items are exhibited in 20 historic buildings, each an architectural gem. The Round Stone Barn, most famous of all Shaker buildings, is a testament to Shaker efficiency, innovation and design.
Share your love of history with your children or grandchildren at Hancock Shaker Village! Guides and demonstrators engage your family in learning and fun, and the Village’s 750 acres provide a delightful outdoor classroom with ample time for enjoying the fresh air. Best of all, children 12 and under are admitted free!
This beautifully restored village, set amongst acres of farm, woodland and pasture, is home to the premier collection of Shaker buildings and artifacts. Graceful Shaker furniture, craft and household items are exhibited in 20 historic buildings, each an architectural gem. The Round Stone Barn, most famous of all Shaker buildings, is a testament to Shaker efficiency, innovation and design.
The Shakers called this community “The City of Peace.” Hancock Shaker Village is a welcome retreat from today’s hectic pace that offers so much to see and do.
Hancock Shaker Village is open for self guided visits from April through October. The Village is located in the heart of the Berkshires — a region offering a variety of cultural and recreation opportunities, from world-class museums and award-winning performing arts to an abundance of outdoor adventures. For more information about the Berkshires, including where to stay, visit the Berkshire Visitors Bureau website or call (800) 237-5747.