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Hours and Admission

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is currently closed for the season and will reopen mid-May. During the off-season the museum hosts members-only, volunteer, and appointment-only events and programs out of its administrative offices located in Old Chatham, NY. Become a member or volunteer today!

Admission
Guided Tours
Exhibitions
Museum Store
Events and Programs
Friends Lending Library
Research Library
Where to Stay
Where to Eat
Other Things to Do in the Area

Admission

Access to the historic grounds, the North Pastures Meadow and Trail, and to use the self-guided tour is free and open to the public. If you'd like to support the ongoing efforts of the museum, please support us by donating here. 

Tours

Check back soon for 2018 tour dates. 

Guided tours at the historic site are:

  • Free for members at any level.
  • Free for children age 12 and under.
  • Free for active military*.
  • For all else $10 per person, $8 for seniors age 65 and older.
  • 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.

 

Museum Store

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.

Events and Programs

The museum holds events and public programs year-round locally and beyond.

Friends Lending Library

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.

Research Library

The Emma B. King Library is open year-round by appointment only. Send a research request by email.

Where to Stay

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.

Where to Eat

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.

Other Things to do in the Area

Get the full Shaker experience by visiting Hancock Shaker Village just east over the NY/MA border, and the Shaker Heritage Society, the site of the Watervliet Shaker settlement in Colonie, NY.

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.