Shaker Museum and Library
99 SHAKER MUSEUM ROAD OLD CHATHAM, NY 12136
Phone: (518) 794-9100
Hours: The Museum is open to the public on a seasonal basis with popular special events and educational programming.
The Library is open year-round by appointment.
Research in the object collection is available year-round by Shaker Museum and Library appointment.
Escaping religious persecution in England, Ann Lee moved to America in 1774. Founded by Ann Lee, The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing was given the derisive name of the Shaker movement by people who saw the Shakers twist and tremble to rid themselves of sins and evil. Strongly believing in celibacy, communal life and confession of sin, the Shakers separated themselves from society. Mother Ann Lee was the central figure in the movement and believed to be the second coming of Christ’s spirit. Depending completely on conversion, the Shaker movement grew to an estimated 4,000 – 5,000 people in the mid-19th century.
The Shaker Museum offers its visitors a look into Shaker life and culture. The museum features Shaker furniture, clothing, machinery, tools and art. The on-site library offers books and historic pictures of the Shakers. A variety of educational programs on the Shaker experience are offered from the spring through the fall
From New York City:
Taconic Parkway north to Rt. 295 exit, follow signs to Rt. 295 east, left at Albany Turnpike Road (at green Old Chatham 3 miles sign). In Old Chatham follow Rt. 13 one mile west to Shaker Museum Road.
Massachusetts Turnpike to B2 exit, follow signs to Rt. 295 east, left at Albany Turnpike Road (at green Old Chatham 2 miles sign). In Old Chatham follow Rt. 13 one mile west to Shaker Museum Road.
From Albany NY Thruway:
Interstate 90 to exit 11E, right on US 20, right on Rt. 66 south (at green bridge). Take a left at the stop sign then take an immediate right onto Shaker Museum Road.