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Hancock Shaker Village

#1 of 25 things to do in Pittsfield Features Animals
1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
+1 413-443-0188
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Stayed the whole day

Can't believe how time flew. Rented audio tour devices but they were not necessary. The hourly... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2015
Key west
via mobile
Fascinating and great for all ages

I just visited Hancock Shaker Village with my 80 year old parents and my 9 year old daughter and we... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2015
Dinah N
Brooklyn, New York
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Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve it for future generations. Called the "City of Peace" by the Shakers who lived here for 179 years until 1960, this community was the third of 19 major Shaker Villages located in New York, New England, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. There are 18 original historic buildings on this site. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to making the Village a center for reflection on living the principled life. The values that the Shakers embraced -- equality, pacifism, community, sustainability, responsible land stewardship, innovation, simplicity and quality in work -- resonate with us today. In addition to viewing the architecture, we have so many things to see including the farm and gardens, the animals, costumed interpreters, demonstrations of handicrafts like weaving, spinning, and blacksmithing, hiking and walking trails, the Discovery Room where kids can do hands-on activities, photo and art exhibitions, a cafe and picnic area. We have modern amenities and the village is handicapped accessible.
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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
+1 413-443-0188
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Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

Can't believe how time flew. Rented audio tour devices but they were not necessary. The hourly interpretation talks were interesting and provided a lot of the same info. Different guides were excited to share their talks and the secrets of the buildings. My husband and...More

4  Thank Moffett1
Reviewed August 19, 2015

I just visited Hancock Shaker Village with my 80 year old parents and my 9 year old daughter and we had a really wonderful time. The round barn is amazing, the animals are adorable, we saw the water turbine demonstration and the Shaker music and...More

1  Thank Dinah N
Reviewed August 17, 2015

A little pricey to get in if you have a group ($20/adult), but definitely a fascinating place to visit. We pent a couple hours here roaming the grounds and the buildings seeing all the cool Shaker artifacts and learning about their history. This I worth...More

1  Thank pumapower
Reviewed August 14, 2015

You know, I never knew how fascinating Shaker culture was until visiting the Hancock Shaker Village. We attending a flax workshop, a woodwork workshop, and a felt working (where we made a felt bead), there is a live farm and by far one of the...More

4  Thank RDCNYC
Reviewed August 14, 2015

I've been here several times with my children. Great place for kids and adults alike. Beautiful setting

Thank leeh20902
Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

This was an excellent place to visit. We expected that we'd spend an hour or two here, but it ended up being a 4.5 hour trip. The "interpreters" (museum guides) were SO knowledgeable about the Shakers and were able to answer even the most obscure...More

3  Thank Kyja F
Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great place. Interesting history and beautiful surroundings. All the docents seem to love what they were doing, so plan to attend several of the talks that are scheduled throughout the day. There is something for everyone--from small children to older adults. A must visit in...More

2  Thank emilee l
Reviewed August 11, 2015

A great experience. Everything is perfect: the setting, the buildings, the experience, the history. A fascinating visit into a simpler world. Above all, the calm and peace permeating this place is remarkable. Do not miss this if you visit the Berkshires!

Thank PGP19
Reviewed August 9, 2015

I've been to quite a few Shaker sites around the country, and this is probably the largest. In summer on the hour there are various tours/talks, but you're also free to explore on your own. Many activities for children (and adults can also be hands-on...More

4  Thank Annabella G
Reviewed August 7, 2015

well presnted, well-documented story of the Shaker movement and this village. Presenters are excellent and well-informed. Seeing the produce, flowers, and work & living areas very well done. Even the food at the café is quite good!

Thank Fred B
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
When is free admission for berkshire county residents?
April 19, 2017|
Response from Maribeth C | Property representative |
Admission is free for all visitors on Friday, July 21, 2017. We hope you plan to visit!
Are they open in November? Days? Times?
October 7, 2016|
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Response from Arlene M | Reviewed this property |
No. The close in October.
Information about the Divine Mercy Shrine......do we need to add this to our limited time in Stackbridge? We are touring NR museum and Shaker Village. TYIA
September 3, 2016|
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Response from Tomdee1 | Reviewed this property |
I would say it's an interesting place if you are a religious or spiritual person. the stations of the Cross are impressive. enjoy!