Sep
20
Sun
Barnyard Yoga
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Back by popular demand!

What’s better than visiting the farm animals at the Village? Doing yoga near them! Our weekly Sunday morning classes, taught by a certified yoga instructor, are held outdoors in the pasture, with cows, sheep, and goats roaming in pens nearby.

Class size is limited and may sell out. Bring a yoga mat and a mask to wear in and out of the Village. Social distancing measures of six feet or more are in place, so masks are not required during class time. For our final weekend, extra classes will be offered at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27.

Charcoal Drawing Series with IS183: The Laundry & Machine Shop @ Hancock Shaker Village
Sep 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In the final class of the series presented by IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, join artist Michael Rousseau to experience the grounds and historic architecture of the Hancock Shaker Village through charcoal. In this workshop, participants focus on the architectural drawing of the Laundry and Machine Shop. This post-and-beam structure is generally clad in clapboard like most buildings in the Village, with a stone foundation and wooden roof shingles. Learn charcoal drawing techniques as you explore the shop through art surrounded by this idyllic Shaker landscape.

Tuition includes site entrance. A $10 optional charcoal drawing kit is available through the IS183 ticket link.

Sep
24
Thu
Private Guided Tour
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Private Guided Tour
Sep 24 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Shaker Collections from the Virtual Vault @ Zoom (online)
Sep 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

This program is a rare glimpse into some extraordinary Shaker museum collections, from New England to the Midwest. The second edition of our ongoing series exploring collecting, this virtual event brings together colleagues from Enfield Shaker Museum, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, and South Union Shaker Village to highlight a selection of objects with compelling provenance. Join us for a view into the virtual vaults to discuss what, why, and how Shaker museums collect.

To register, click here.

Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, New Hampshire, preserves the historical structures, landscape, and cultural heritage of the Shakers who, in 1793, established a community on Mascoma Lake and prospered for over one hundred years. We share their stories with our multi-generational visitors, members, and the global community.

The mission of Shaker Museum │ Mount Lebanon is to engage and inspire local, national, and global audiences by telling the story of the American Shakers. The Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker objects, archives, and books, and stewards the historic North Family site at Mount Lebanon, the founding community of the Shakers.

Nestled on the site of the original Shaker settlement in rural south-central Kentucky, South Union Shaker Village seeks to enrich the lives of our neighbors, near and far, through cultural heritage education that encourages a personal connection to our shared past and facilitates a broadened understanding of the world in which we live.

Image: Kerchiefs, courtesy of South Union Shaker Village

Private Guided Tour
Sep 24 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Sep
25
Fri
Private Guided Tour
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Private Guided Tour
Sep 25 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Private Guided Tour
Sep 25 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Sep
26
Sat
Autumn Weekend
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy all the Berkshires has to offer at Autumn Weekend. A curated selection of craft and vendors will delight all tastes. Meet the animals in the Round Stone Barn, tour the historic village, visit our Notes About Home exhibition, join a scavenger hunt or egg toss, and take a 1-mile hike on the Farm & Forest Trail.

Advance admission tickets are recommended; click here to purchase. For more information about the event and vendors, click here.

Barnyard Yoga
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Back by popular demand!

What’s better than visiting the farm animals at the Village? Doing yoga near them! Our weekly Sunday morning classes, taught by a certified yoga instructor, are held outdoors in the pasture, with cows, sheep, and goats roaming in pens nearby.

Class size is limited and may sell out. Bring a yoga mat and a mask to wear in and out of the Village. Social distancing measures of six feet or more are in place, so masks are not required during class time. For our final weekend, extra classes will be offered at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27.

Barnyard Yoga
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Back by popular demand!

What’s better than visiting the farm animals at the Village? Doing yoga near them! Our weekly Sunday morning classes, taught by a certified yoga instructor, are held outdoors in the pasture, with cows, sheep, and goats roaming in pens nearby.

Class size is limited and may sell out. Bring a yoga mat and a mask to wear in and out of the Village. Social distancing measures of six feet or more are in place, so masks are not required during class time. For our final weekend, extra classes will be offered at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27.

Sep
27
Sun
Autumn Weekend
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy all the Berkshires has to offer at Autumn Weekend. A curated selection of craft and vendors will delight all tastes. Meet the animals in the Round Stone Barn, tour the historic village, visit our Notes About Home exhibition, join a scavenger hunt or egg toss, and take a 1-mile hike on the Farm & Forest Trail.

Advance admission tickets are recommended; click here to purchase. For more information about the event and vendors, click here.

Barnyard Yoga
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Back by popular demand!

What’s better than visiting the farm animals at the Village? Doing yoga near them! Our weekly Sunday morning classes, taught by a certified yoga instructor, are held outdoors in the pasture, with cows, sheep, and goats roaming in pens nearby.

Class size is limited and may sell out. Bring a yoga mat and a mask to wear in and out of the Village. Social distancing measures of six feet or more are in place, so masks are not required during class time. For our final weekend, extra classes will be offered at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27.

Private Guided Tour
Sep 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Barnyard Yoga
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Back by popular demand!

What’s better than visiting the farm animals at the Village? Doing yoga near them! Our weekly Sunday morning classes, taught by a certified yoga instructor, are held outdoors in the pasture, with cows, sheep, and goats roaming in pens nearby.

Class size is limited and may sell out. Bring a yoga mat and a mask to wear in and out of the Village. Social distancing measures of six feet or more are in place, so masks are not required during class time. For our final weekend, extra classes will be offered at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27.

Oct
1
Thu
Private Guided Tour
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Private Guided Tour
Oct 1 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Private Guided Tour
Oct 1 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Looking for a fun and enriching experience to share with friends, family, or a group? A private tour is ideal for families, individuals, lifelong learners, or those seeking unique adventure. Inspiring instructors provide an insider’s view, with more than 200 years of extraordinary history in the making. Private guided tours are 75 minutes, with up to 9 participants. Choose from one of three topics:

Farm Tour — Explore the magnificent Round Stone Barn and learn why it was the epitome of efficient dairy production. Meet all the animals born this spring and learn about various breeds. Tour the vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, which feature more than 75 varieties the Shakers grew. We’ll also visit the Brick Dwelling to imagine the Shakers cooking, eating, living, and making herbal medicines in this magnificent residence, and we’ll take a quick trip to the Schoolhouse (not otherwise open currently).

An American Utopia: The Shaker Practice of Equality — More than 200 years ago the Shakers embraced racial and gender equality, and those ideals continue to affect our contemporary conversation. Learn more about their views, and, curiously, why didn’t they vote. Tour buildings in the Village where Shakers lived, worked, and practiced the concept of creating a perfect society — one they hoped would inspire the rest of the world to abandon war, capitalism, and inequality.

Shaker Architecture and Design — Discover the ingenuity and thoughtfulness behind the Shakers’ masterful design and construction of buildings meant for communal living, worship, industry, and learning. This tour examines the layout and development of the Village, with a special focus on the Brick Dwelling and Round Stone Barn, revealing the history and legacy of these fascinating designers who “managed to make objects so magically austere that they continue to astonish our eyes and our sense of form” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker).

Tours are offered:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 am. (Tour participants are welcome to stay after the tour to enjoy the Village.)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 3:30 pm. (Note: The Village closes at 4 pm. Participants are welcome to check in early to visit the museum and shop in Shaker Mercantile.)

Adults $40 / members $20 / children ages 3-17 $10 (not recommended for children under 3)

To book:
Click the green tickets box. NOTE: If the date you select is unavailable, it is sold out. Try clicking “other dates” at top center of the page and/or “other times” at the top right of the page for more options.

Virtual Book Talk: Shaker Fever @ Zoom (online)
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a virtual book talk on Zoom with William D. Moore, author of Shaker Fever: America’s Twentieth-Century Fascination with a Communitarian Sect. To reserve, click here.

Designers, artists, and collectors remain influenced by Shaker material culture today, but Americans were particularly enthralled by the Shakers from about 1925 to 1965. They bought Shaker furniture, saw Shaker worship services enacted on Broadway, sang Shaker songs, dressed in Shaker-inspired garb, collected Shaker artifacts, and restored Shaker villages. William D. Moore dives into a fascinating discussion of the scholars, composers, collectors, folklorists, photographers, writers, choreographers, and museum staff who drove the national interest in this dwindling religious group.

Shaker Fever places the activities of Doris Humphrey, Charles Sheeler, Laura Bragg, Juliana Force, and Edward Deming Andrews within the larger contexts of nationalism, modernism, and cultural resource management. Introducing previously unexamined scholarly studies of the Shaker faith, material culture and visual arts, stage performances, and museum exhibitions, Shaker Fever offers a fresh look at this religious group and its place within American memory. It is sure to delight enthusiasts, public historians, museum professionals, furniture collectors, and anyone interested in the dynamics of cultural appropriation and stewardship.

William D. Moore is the Director of the American & New England Studies Program at Boston University, where he is also Associate Professor of American Material Culture within the Department of History of Art & Architecture. An interdisciplinary American Studies scholar, he has written broadly on the interaction of built form and belief. Before entering academia, he pursued a career in the public humanities, including serving as the Executive Director of the Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, New Hampshire.