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Shaker Museum, Administrative Campus and Research Library

88 Shaker Museum Road

Old Chatham, NY 12136

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Join us for an exclusive members-only look at the collections of Shaker Museum.

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A perennial favorite, the behind-the-scenes tours offer a close-up look at the museum's comprehensive collection of Shaker furniture, tools, costumes, and more. Museum staff lead thoughtful, seasonally relevant tours which are different each time, so repeat visitors always learn something new. In keeping with our 2022 theme of sustainability, tours this year will highlight evidence of the ways that the Shakers balanced humility and thrift with wellness and innovation.

This tour is free for members but limited to 12 participants, so be sure to reserve your place early. Not a member? Membership packages from $5.00 per month available here.

The health and safety of our visitors is of paramount importance to Shaker Museum. Covid -19 vaccinations and mask requirements are in place at all events held on museum property or at remote locations. Please read the full Covid-19 precaution protocols here.

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Shaker Museum, Administrative Campus and Research Library

88 Shaker Museum Road

Old Chatham, NY 12136

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Shaker 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.

The Shaker Museum was founded in 1950 by John S. Williams, Sr. on his farm in Old Chatham, New York. Beginning in the 1930s, Williams traveled extensively to then-active Shaker communities and collected examples of their arts, industries, and domestic life, as well as spiritual artifacts. His approach was that of an anthropologist documenting the decline of a culture. Today the museum’s collection is a prime resource for scholars and curators.

In 2004, the museum became the owner and steward of the North Family site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, consisting of 11 Shaker buildings on 91 acres, and the museum’s name was changed from Shaker Museum & Library to Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.

The Mount Lebanon site is open year-round. The Old Chatham site, which houses collections storage, the library, and the administrative offices, is open year-round by appointment.


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