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Address: 202 Shaker Rd, New Lebanon, NY 12125-2708
Phone Number:
+1 518-794-9100
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Fri - Mon 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village was the leading site of the Shakers, from its...

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village was the leading site of the Shakers, from its founding in 1787 to its closure in 1947. Since 2004, the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon has preserved the North Family at Mount Lebanon while offering tours and programs, as well as exhibitions of Shaker objects from its collection, the most comprehensive in the world.

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Mt. Lebanon NY Shaker Museum

We took the 90 minute tour today and learned so much about the Mt. Lebanon Shakers. What impressed me the most was the Great Stone Barn, the largest stone barn in the country... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
Worthington, Massachusetts
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Windsor, Connecticut
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide who provided a lot of interesting details. My husband and I definitely recommend touring this museum. We both learned a lot and found the tour to be very enjoyable!!.

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Worthington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

We took the 90 minute tour today and learned so much about the Mt. Lebanon Shakers. What impressed me the most was the Great Stone Barn, the largest stone barn in the country! It had a tragic fire in 1972 which took the wooden roof and interior floors. Last year the remaining stone walls were stabilized to preserve them for... More 

Thank JRenfrew
Vestal, New York
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the "Cemetery Tour" offered at the site. Very informative and the guide and I had a great back and forth during the tour about the Shaker burial process among other topics. A visitor will definitely gain more from a stop by taking this or any of the other tours offered. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly.

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Weston, Connecticut
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Went for a lecture on the water system (which was great and very interesting) but ended up philosophically considering how the US should spend their resources restoring and/or preserving our history. Many wonderful things to preserve and not enough money to preserve it all.....

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saratoga, ny
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

My visit to both the Mount Lebanon and the Hancock Shaker villages proved that Hancock was definitely superior. My tour at Mount Lebanon felt very scripted and the village is in disrepair. Also, only a portion of the Mount Lebanon village is available for touring. My guide seemed like I was wasting his time. Hancock Village is far more impressive... More 

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ShakerMuseumML, Manager at Shaker Museum - Mount Lebanon, responded to this review

Hello saratogany, Thank you for your review - we appreciate your comments and criticism, and they help us improve. We are still a new site, having been only open to the public at the North Family for less than 5 years, and are trying to accomplish many things with extremely limited resources, but we have expanded and refined our offerings... More 

Woodside, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

I highly recommend the very informative tour of the Shaker village, which is being slowly and lovingly restored. It's a must-see for travelers in the area. Shaker culture has influenced our modern life and thought in many ways, but is largely unknown to people today. It had a fascinating history from the mid-1700s through 1947. The Shakers were an unusual... More 

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Reviewed 9 July 2016

Absolutely must take the guided tour. The tours appear to have a very solid academic/scholarly underpinning and are made very interesting. The tour is a walk to structures but there is some good timeline, objective commentary on the Shakers and fascinating vignettes that stick with you. The structures and artifacts present are very good now. The organization seems aimed at... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

The Mount Lebanon Shaker Museum provides a deep understanding of this interesting religious movement and their place in 18th and 19th century American history. There are a number of original buildings on the beautiful site. It is open in the Summer. The Museum has guided tours focused on several aspects of the commune and Shaker life. The tours are essentials... More 

1 Thank Knyte7
Raleigh North Carolina
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

We visited the Shaker Museum and learned more about their culture. There are lots of restored buildings and various trades are portrayed there. This would be a great stop for families.

Thank UNCCH81
Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 October 2015

The entire Shaker VIllage is amazing. Very interesting. I wish I could have spent a week just in the wood working shop! The helpful wood workers there showed us how to sharpen planer blades and even gave me a chance to use an antique block planer. I wish we had planned more time there and look forward to going back... More 

Thank Lyneah M

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