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Hancock Shaker Village

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Very Enjoyable Visit

Extensive grounds and numerous buildings with many staffers available to answer questions. We... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
straker19802018
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Providence, Rhode Island
History and culture of a bygone era

One of the most fascinating and informative places to visit in western Massachusetts. This is a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Freedom_on_wheels
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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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...more
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1843 W Housatonic St, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7513
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+1 413-443-0188
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Extensive grounds and numerous buildings with many staffers available to answer questions. We arrived about noon and could not see everything before closing at 5:00. I would recommend arriving at 10:00 and spending the whole day. The gift shop was a bit of a disappointment.

1  Thank straker19802018
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

straker19802018, thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. We agree that visitors can really spen all day. We will share your experience in the shop with our buyer. Thank you for your feedback. Travel well.

Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the most fascinating and informative places to visit in western Massachusetts. This is a great opportunity to spend hours with your family while you explore the round barn, meeting hall and other living and work areas of the Shakers. This living museum will...More

Thank Freedom_on_wheels
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Frredom_on_wheels, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. (And we LOVE Seeds Market cafe, too!)

Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved it! A living history museum showing how the Shakers lived and worked and worshipped.. A must for history and sociology buffs! VERY interesting and amazing how well trained and supplied they were to be pretty self sufficient! Also great for anyone interested in...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Linnea M, Thank you for chosing to visit and thank you for taking time to share your thoughts. We agree! There really is much to see and do, no matter what your interest (or age). Travel well.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a really enjoyable couple of hours wandering around and talking to the most knowledgeable hosts. Have a sandwich in the cafe ( new Believer sandwich was delicious) and support the venue!!

Thank Ian H
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ian H, Thank you for chosing to visit and thank you for taking time to share your experince! (We LOVE the New Beliver too!) Travel well.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent several hours here. The interpreters in the various buildings were quite informative if you asked questions but they left you alone if you didn’t. The craftsmanship and ideas behind how things were built and used is very impressive. Nice grounds and you can...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Gator-Fan-from-CT, Thank you for choosing to visit and thank you for taking time to share your experince. If you again find yourself in the Berkshires, we hope you will consider returning. 'Til then, travel well.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This collection of 17 buildings, including a unique round barn and spread over hundreds of acres, provides a glimpse of what life was like on a Shaker farm about 70 years ago. Now just a tourist attraction, the property once housed up to 300 Shakers...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

BeachcomberT, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your expeience. Shaker music and dance program is offer twice daily summer anf fall (mornings for early visitors and afternnon if you arrive a bit later). good to hear you enjoyed this...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Farm and communal living ideas that were different from modern day, lots to learn. Many active demonstrations to view and learn how the shakers, lived, learned, and practiced their religious beliefs. Well worth a stop, look, and listen. Children to pre teen will definitely learn...More

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

poppyten, Thank you for visiting and thank you for sharing your experience. If you again find yourself in the Berkshire, consider returning. There's truly so much to see and do here in our neck of the woods. Travel well,

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two adults toured the Shaker Village in early June. What a delight. We arrived for their 10 am opening and stayed until their 4 pm closing, but we tend to read everything. YMMV. We started with their short introductory video and then proceeded to attend...More

1  Thank Chris H
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Chris H, thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to review your day. We wish you lived closer too! Travel well,

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a nice place to bring the kids when they have the baby animals however I much rather spend my money on Old Sturbridge Village which offers much much more

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Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

CindyDT, thanks for the thumbs up on a family visit in the spring. And although the babies do grow up, they are still here all summer (and fall). So if a spring visit doesn't suit, stop by in summer for cuddles. Travel well.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

peace on earth utopia way things were true craftsman job sharing to it's max and great docents, where else can you find all of these?

Thank p n
Maribeth C, Public Relations Manager at Hancock Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

p n, Thank you for choosing to visit and for taking time to share your experience. Travel well.

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CakeMum
18 June 2018|
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Response from SlipSouthFlorida | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can go to the gift store without paying admission. The shop is across from where you purchase your tickets.
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888jackt
19 April 2017|
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Response from Maribeth C | Property representative |
Admission is free for all visitors on Friday, July 21, 2017. We hope you plan to visit!
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Bonniemtm
7 October 2016|
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Response from Arlene M | Reviewed this property |
No. The close in October.
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