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Hours and Admission

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is currently closed for the season, and will 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.

  • View the 2017 season brochure
  • 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

    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!

    Guided Tours daily at 11AM and 2PM

    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.

    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.

    Exhibitions and Installations - Access by guided tour only

    Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women's suffrage traces the evolution of women in Shaker society, from the earliest prophecies of Mother Ann to the battle for universal suffrage.

    Also on display are installations of Shaker Stoves and 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.

    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 an 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.

    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.