To schedule, call 413.443.0188, x 100, or email us. Rates include general admission for the day.
Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour (mid April to early May)
This 90-minute tour led by Farmer Bill begins with a wagon ride through the Village and along the Farm & Forest Trail, and ends in the barn at a private area where you meet, hold and bottle-feed baby animals! Weekdays at 11 am. Weekends at 11 am and 1 pm. Advance reservation required. $30 /person, all ages. $27 / HSV members
Young Shakers Tour – July & August
Youngsters, don a Shaker bonnet or hat for this 90-minute tour as you work and play like an 1800s-era Shaker child. Pick herbs from the Village gardens, ring the Dwelling House bell, write with a quill pen and/or bake a treat in the Shaker Kitchen! Daily at 11 am. Limit: 10 children per tour. Parent/chaperone must accompany. $15 per child, $30 per adult HSV Members: $10 per adult, $13 per child
In The Attics Tour – June – October
Offered daily at 2 pm, this 90-minute all-access pass behind those “Museum Staff Only” signs will give you a peek into rarely seen areas of the Village’s most historic and significant buildings. $30/person; $27 / HSV members
Haunted Hancock – select dates
What happens in the Village after the last bell rings? Find out on this 90 minute after-hours tour. Your guide will lead you through the darkening Village where you will hear tales of ghostly sightings, learn about the Shakers’ role in the spiritualist movement, and perhaps catch a few spirit sightings of your own! The adventure concludes in the 1830 Brick Dwelling where hundreds of Shakers once made their home. Do any spirits remain….
$30/person; $27 / HSV members
- Includes same-day admission to the Village. Tour not recommended for children 12 and under.
- Advanced purchase required.
- Thursday, July 20, 8 pm
- Friday, July 21, 8 pm
- Thursday, August 17, 8 pm
- Friday, August 18, 8 pm
- Friday, October 6, 6 pm
- Friday, October 13, 6 pm
- Friday, October 20, 6 pm
- Friday, October 27, 6 pm
Create Your Own Shaker Adventure
To schedule a special tour, call 413.443.0188, x 100, or contact us by email. Topics are presented in 60- or 90-minute segments. Prices start at $40/person for a 60-minute tour and $50/person for a 90-minute tour.
Introduction to the Village
A brief history of the Village and tours of the Round Stone Barn and Brick Dwelling with an experienced museum educator.
An introduction to Shaker spiritual life, discussion of the dual godhead, the second coming of “the Christ” and other elements of Shaker worship. Using the Village’s outstanding collection of art and artifacts, your museum educator will explore the progressive positions Shakers held on issues of social justice, including slavery, pacifism, poverty and gender equality. Includes a demonstration of Shaker songs and dances simple enough for everyone to join in!
An overview of Shaker architecture and the Village’s built environment that takes a closer look at the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn and other significant structures.
The Shakers valued natural resources. This tour focuses on solar and water power, “green” architecture and sustainable agriculture, exploring how each impacted life in the Village.