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Groups

Hancock Shaker Village offers a variety of special group experiences. Our season, which runs from April to November, means your group can enjoy our outdoor living-history museum from the time spring blossoms emerge to those crisp fall days when we boast brilliant foliage!

Hancock Shaker Village is rated three stars by the Michelin Guide, the only attraction with this designation in the Berkshires, as well as a Gem Site by AAA (Triple A), an Editor’s Pick in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, and a Registered National Landmark.

Group amenities include on-site catering, free motor-coach parking, and the unique shopping experience that awaits you in the Village Store.

GROUP LUNCHEON MENUS Groups of 10 or more can enjoy a private dining experience by Savory Harvest Catering.

Questions about hosting your group?  Call 413.443.0188 x100, or complete our online inquiry form: Click here if you have questions about group tour visits before booking.

Self-Guided Group Visits

April 12 – June 30    10 am to 4 pm
July 1 – November 2     10 am to 5 pm
Allow two hours or longer
Group Rates $15 per adult

This walking tour of the Village’s historic buildings offers the opportunity to experience the Shakers’ City of Peace at your own pace. Informative videos and friendly, knowledgeable staff are available at each historic building throughout the Village to bring the Shaker story to life. Demonstrations of traditional crafts, Shaker music every day at 1 p.m., and farm activities enhance your understanding of America’s most successful utopian society. You’ll want to extend your stay beyond two hours to fully appreciate the simple beauty and exceptional efficiency of Shaker architecture and artifacts; the power of religious beliefs echoed in song and everyday routine; the pastoral tranquility of the Village farm; and the earthly splendor of our gardens.  Groups may dine on their own in the Village Harvest Café or contact us to arrange catering. Advance reservation required.

Guided Group Visits

April 12 – June 30   10 am to 4 pm
July 1 - November 2   10 am to 5 pm
Allow 2 hours. Guided-tour admission includes unlimited self-guided time.
Group Rates $20 per adult

Step back in time as a lively guide in traditional Shaker garb escorts your group on this two-hour walking tour highlighting three of the most dramatic and significant of our historic buildings: the Brick Dwelling, the iconic Round Stone Barn, and the Laundry & Machine Shop. Outstanding Shaker themes come to life — community, farming, innovation and technology – and provide an incomparable examination of the Shaker world.  Minimum group size of 15.

Specialty Tours

Hancock Shaker Village offers specialty tours for groups with specific interests or looking for a unique experience. Must be reserved in advance, via email or phone. 

Shaker Dinner and Song Tour

We make you “kindly welcome” in true Shaker fashion with  Shaker Dinner and Song. Considered the ultimate Village experience, this dining experience begins with a guided tour by a costumed interpreter who emphasizes themes of community, farming, and innovation and technology as you walk to key sites in the Village.  Then, your group is treated to a cider and cheese reception under the Visitors Center Timber Frame, with its unparalleled view of the Round Stone Barn. A sumptuous four-course Shaker-inspired dinner, served in bountiful buffet-style in the modern comfort of Community Hall, begins with the singing of a Shaker grace and concludes with a program of music that illuminates Shaker beliefs and spirituality. Choice of two entrees; special arrangements for vegetarians are gladly accommodated. Allow five hours to savor this truly memorable experience. Group size: 15 minimum; 60 maximum.  Available year-round.  $68 per person;  $38 per person for one driver, escort or tour leader

Historic Shaker Garden Tour

The first to produce packaged seeds and well-known for their fine herbal remedies, the Shakers invested great thought, time, and work in their gardens. This two-hour specialty tour, conducted by our Head of Historic Gardens, offers a superb historic overview of Shaker plantings in the medicinal and herb gardens, heirloom seed and vegetable gardens, and areas surrounding the Victorian-era buildings. Showcasing the sublime beauty of cultivated plantings, the gardens also demonstrate the Shaker preoccupation with functionality, and their desire to create a heaven on earth. This tour allows ample time to wander the gardens and includes general admission to the Village.  Groups of 15 to 30.  Available Memorial Day weekend to mid-October only.  $25 per person

Rates are subject to change and will be confirmed with your reservation. Driver and goup leader are free for commercial tour groups; tour leader free for all other groups. Meals are not included in complimentary admissions.

Please click here to request more information about Group Tours at Hancock Shaker Village. Or, call 413.443.0188 x100.

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