Welcome to the former site of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon’s blog. Here we published closer looks at and discussions of collections objects, the Mount Lebanon historic site, Shaker history, and the Museum’s programs and projects. Please visit our new blog site.
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon holds a collection of Shaker artifacts, manuscripts, and books unparalleled in its scope and depth, and stewards the North Family site at Mount Lebanon, the Shakers’ spiritual and administrative epicenter and therefore one of the most important religious history sites in the United States. Founded by collector John Williams in 1950, the Museum originally opened in the barns on his property in Old Chatham, New York. In 2004 the Museum acquired the North Family site at Mount Lebanon in New Lebanon, New York, including the Great Stone Barn. The site twice made the World Monuments Fund Watch List (2004 and 2006) as one of the 100 most endangered historic sites in the world. Prior to its acquisition of the Mount Lebanon site, the Museum was known as Shaker Museum & Library.
The historic site in New Lebanon, New York, is open year round for self-guided tours and hiking, and the Old Chatham campus, which houses administrative offices, the library, and collections storage, is open by appointment year-round.
Become a member and enjoy reciprocal admission to other museums, free tours at Mount Lebanon, and other benefits.
To learn more about the Museum, visit our website.