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Hours and Admission

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is currently closed for the season. The museum is open at the North Family historic site during the summer for guided tours and exhibitions.

Programs and events are held year-round locally and beyond.

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

    Admission

    Admission to daily guided tours is $10, free for members at the Friend level or higher, and includes access to all exhibitions. Stand alone entry to exhibitions is by donation. Children age 12 and under are free. 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, offering 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 also 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 admission off of the price of becoming a member when you trade your ticket back in to us!

    Guided Tours

    Below are the guided tours offered this past year. Check back for more information on programming closer to the 2017 season.

    Please note that 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.

    The North Family Shakers - 10:30AM & 2:30PM daily

    Mount Lebanon was the leading Shaker society in America from its founding in 1787 through its closing in 1947, and the North Family was its face to the wider World, composed of some of the most progressive and public Shakers in history.

    The North Family Cemetery & Community Memorial - 12:30PM daily

    While the Shakers at Mount Lebanon led extraordinary lives, so too did they confront the end of Shaker life and the complexities of finding a communal approach to death. Hike up to the community's cemetery and memorial to explore these questions.

    To The Meetinghouse - 12:30PM every Monday

    Take a walk up to the Meetinghouse, where the Shakers held public services on Sundays. Then, on the walk back to the North Family, learn about persecution Shaker founder Ann Lee faced in the New Lebanon community during a 1783 visit.

    The Shaker Kidspace

    Located in the historic Poultry House, the Kidspace is a fun, creative, hands-on learning space for young visitors exploring Shaker life and culture. Inspired by the Shaker Kidspace originally featured in The Shakers: America's Quiet Revolutionaries at the New York State Museum.

    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.

    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.

    Exhibitions

    Click below to learn about past exhibitions at the North Family. Check back for more information on programming closer to the 2017 season.

    Events and Programs

    The museum holds events and public programs year-round locally and beyond. Click below to learn more.

    Research Library

    The Emma B. King Library is open year-round by appointment only. Click here to send an email request.

    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.

    Experience contemporary rural living by booking a tour with Behold! New Lebanon.

    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.