Join us for an exclusive members-only look at the collections of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The museum’s holdings comprise the most comprehensive collection of Shaker furniture, tools, costumes, and more in the world. On this tour, you’ll see up-close Shaker oval boxes, buckets, textiles, seed boxes, medicine bottles, and more.
The tours will also be an opportunity to learn more about the recently completed collections digitization project, supported by a $750,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Tours are free for all members and limited to 12 participants each, so be sure to reserve your place early. Not a member? Click here to join.
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon 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, with a visitor center and shop open seasonally. The Old Chatham site, which houses collections storage, the library, and the administrative offices, is open year-round by appointment.