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kathy321nj wrote a review Aug 2019
Monroe, New Jersey48 contributions14 helpful votes
We visited the Museum on our way to another destination. It was an interesting and informative experience into the Shaker culture. The grounds were quite expansive with explanations of the uses of the various buildings. Definitely worth a visit. There are no required fees but donations are welcomed.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Bobby B wrote a review Jul 2019
New York City, New York296 contributions29 helpful votes
The shaker museum is an amazing collection of objects and buildings! They are an amazing repository for the culture and society of the Shakers here in New York! It clearly is a beautifully operated organization with a great support system. With that said any organization needs additional support. The shaker museum is of significant national value. Please take a moment and go to their web site and become a member Or purchase a ticket to the upcoming summer gala on August 17th. If you haven’t visited please do! I have been a trustee of several organizations and this is a very deserving one! Join today!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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kzsull01 wrote a review Aug 2018
Windsor, Connecticut282 contributions210 helpful votes
My husband and I visited the Mount Lebanon Shaker Museum in New Lebanon, New York on Saturday, August 11th. We took the 1:00 PM North Family Shakers guided tour. Our tour guide was very friendly, interesting and knowledgeable and gave good information on the buildings in the village and how the Shakers lived, worked and worshipped. This included the very innovative approaches that the Shakers used. Overall she provided good information on the history, culture and religious beliefs of the Shakers and answered all of our questions. The tour was quite informative and educational and was like a walk back through time. The tour took about an hour and there was plenty of free parking. The tour focused on both the interior and exterior architecture of the buildings, which was an interesting approach and was nicely done. However, the tour did not include special exhibits as in the past because there were no exhibits on display this time, due to renovations being made on the buildings and the lack of funding. In 2016, there was a nice exhibit on the Shaker’s laundry technology and in 2017 there was a film and tour of the Brethren’s Workshop Building, which was unique and interesting and included collections of various types of stoves, shaker tools and objects related to gender equality and Shaker women’s suffrage with good corresponding write-ups explaining them. We missed seeing such exhibits and we hope that there are plans to bring them back in the future.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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TroyWoody wrote a review Nov 2017
Troy New York20 contributions10 helpful votes
The whole community is on display here, or the greatest part of it anyway. Walking the grounds, going through the buildings, hearing about the community and how it started, rose, dealt with other communities and the outside world, and finally declined is an immersive lesson in history ad human ingenuity. The Shakers anticipated the Modern style, with simple, funtional designs for their buildings, tools and furniture. Want to extend your appreciation of Danish Modern? Study the Shakers. I'm not sure that the Danes did, but when they made a conscious choice to resurrect their hand craftsmanship and simple, essential design ethic, they might as well have. The shakers led their world in ingenuity and gave us a lasting set of values that shines through even today with high prices on their antique crafts. Well worth an afternoon, and with an interesting cultural/educational program to match. A must see if you are at all interested in history or social movements or the 1800's.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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travelerneedsclean wrote a review Sep 2017
Springfield, Massachusetts82 contributions20 helpful votes
We enjoyed our visit -- especially the exhibit about the role of women in the community and in the Shaker movement as a whole. The area is beautiful and it was cool to walk inside the skeleton of the huge stone barn that is undergoing re-construction work. We were surprised, though, to find how relatively little of the Shaker community was available to visitors here. The Darrow School now uses many of the buildings from the Shaker community. We had to pay in order to see the exhibit in one of the buildings (the men's workshop), but were not able to get the tour we thought would be included because our timing was off. Perhaps we would have been able to go into more buildings on the tour? Hard to tell. It was noted on the materials from the visitors' center that plans were underway for restoration of several structures. We consider our entrance fee a worthwhile donation to the restoration efforts and hope to enjoy more during a future trip.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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