Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is open from June 16 through October 9. During the summer, the visitor center, museum shop, and grounds are open Fridays through Mondays, from 10AM to 4PM.
Programs and events are held year-round locally and beyond.
Guided tours are $10 per person, $8 for members and seniors age 65 and older, and free for children age 12 and under and members at the Friend level or higher; access to historic buildings, exhibition, and installations by guided tour only. Combo tickets for both guided tours are available. Advance reservations are recommended for groups of 10 or more. All admission donations support the projects and programs of the museum.
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is a proud member of Blue Star Museums, and offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is a member of the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program, the North American Reciprocal Museum Association, and the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums, and honors all reciprocal admission benefits. For more information on these programs, visit our membership page.
Special offer! When you join a guided tour at the North Family, you can take the cost of your tour ticket off of the price of becoming a member when you trade your ticket back in to us!
Below is the tour schedule for the 2017 season.
Please note these are largely outdoors, 1 - 1.5+ hour walking tours on sometimes uneven ground and varying inclines; appropriate footwear is recommended. All tours depart from the Visitor Center. Not all historic buildings are fully handicap accessible. If you have special needs while visiting the site, please notify us in advance and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
The North Family Shakers - 11AM
Founded in 1787, Mount Lebanon was the first official community and was the leader in administrative and spiritual matters for all the Shaker communities that followed. The North Family was established ca. 1800 and served as a conduit between “the World” and the more cloistered Families to the south. Join this tour to learn more.
Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women's suffrage; Warmth: Shaker Stoves; Work: Shaker Tools - 12PM
This tour introduces visitors to the exhibition which traces the roles of women in Shaker society, from the earliest prophecies of Mother Ann to the battle for universal suffrage. Exhibition made possible through the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, and private funding.
Shaker stoves, whether used to heat rooms or warm irons for the laundry, are known for their unique and inventive designs.
Shakers made and used a variety of tools in their workshops and in their crafts. This installation features an assortment of tools.
Perfect Work: Sisterhood in the North Family - 2PM
Explore the lives of Shaker women at the North Family, and how the work they performed - operating businesses, working in shops and gardens, interacting with the World’s people, and managing their own affairs - was a physical manifestation of Shaker views on equality.
Perfect Work is made possible by Humanities New York.
Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women's suffrage When Mother Ann Lee outlined her theology for the community that would become known as the Shakers, she placed equality at its heart. As the nature of God was dual, both male and female, the children of God were to be brothers and sisters, each representing a share of God's image. This fundamental precept shaped gender relations within Shaker communities, leading to dual offices in which men and women worked in tandem. But it wasn't enough for the Shakers to enact gender equality in their own communities. Called to serve their fellow man, the Shakers took to heart the call for women's suffrage. traces the evolution of women in Shaker society, from the earliest prophecies of Mother Ann to the battle for universal suffrage.
The exhibition traces the roles of women in Shaker society, from the earliest prophecies of Mother Ann to the battle for universal suffrage.
Also on display are installations of Warmth: Shaker Stoves and Work: Shaker Tools. Shaker stoves, whether used to heat rooms or warm irons for the laundry, are known for their unique and inventive designs. Shakers made and used a variety of tools in their workshops and in their crafts. This installation features an assortment of tools displayed on Shaker workbenches.
Located in the Visitor Center and open during regular museum hours, the Museum Store features a carefully chosen selection of items, including new and used books, Shaker reproductions, locally-made gifts, and products made by the living Shakers of Sabbathday Lake, ME. The store is open year-round online.
The museum holds events and public programs year-round locally and beyond.
The Friends Lending Library includes rare and out-of-print books on a wide range of subjects related to the Shakers. Members can request and take out on loan any title. All are welcome to browse and read the Library's books during our open hours.
The Emma B. King Library is open year-round by appointment only. Send an research request by email.
Stay in an original Shaker Dwelling by booking a room at The Abode of the Message, a Sufi spiritual center that also offers longer retreats and residencies. The Abode is located in buildings that were part of the Shaker South Family, part of the original Mount Lebanon village.
The Inn at Shaker Mill Farm is just ten minutes away in Canaan, NY and is housed in a 19th century mill that was also originally part of the Mount Lebanon settlement.
The Inn at Silver Maple Farm is located nearby in East Chatham, NY.
Have lunch or breakfast at the Blueberry Hill Market Cafe, located on Route 20 just east of Shaker Road.
About 15 minutes west from New Lebanon off of County Road 13 is the Old Chatham Country Store & Cafe, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Many notable figures made their homes in the area, including Moby Dick author Herman Melville at Arrowhead, President Martin Van Buren at Lindenwald, Edna St. Vincent Millay at Steepletop, and Edith Wharton at The Mount.