Welcome to Hancock Shaker Village, an outdoor living-history museum with more than 20 buildings, a working organic farm, and an extraordinary collection of Shaker artifacts located in the heart of the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
Hancock Shaker Village was home to as many as 300 Shakers from 1790 until 1960. (For more about Village history, go to The Shakers.) You may walk through the Village at your own pace, or take one of our premium tours, available by advance reservation. Artisans demonstrate Shaker crafts, gardeners harvest herb, flower and heirloom vegetables, and farmers tend livestock on the Shaker farm. Historical interpreters teach about Shaker religion and worship, as well as the Shaker unique and principled approach to living. Be sure to visit the Discovery Room, which features hands-on activities for everyone, especially children. At the Visitors Center, exhibits on various aspects of Shaker life provide a deeper look at this remarkable community of people and attempt to place them in the broader context of American history.
Hiking our trails is a great way to see the Village while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Berkshires.
Farming was at the heart of all Shaker communities. Agricultural experimentation and technology made Shaker farms models of efficiency and innovation. Hancock Shaker Village is a working farm, with crops and a barn full of livestock.
The Beatrice O. Chase Gallery showcases changing exhibits on the Shakers. Each of the restored buildings in the Village also houses premier Shaker artifacts, furniture, hand-crafted items and household implements.
Historical interpreters engage visitors in learning and fun, and our 750 acres provide a delightful outdoor classroom. Best of all, children 12 and under are admitted free!
Our beautifully restored Village of Shaker buildings, each an architectural gem, is set among acres of farm, woodland and pasture. The Round Stone Barn, most famous of all, is a testament to Shaker efficiency, innovation and design.
The Shakers called their community “The City of Peace.” It’s easy to see why. Hancock Shaker Village is a welcome retreat from today’s hectic pace, yet offers so much to see and do.
The Berkshires offers 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, including where to stay, visit the Berkshire Visitors Bureau website or call (800) 237-5747.