Canterbury Shaker Village offers visitors a variety of entertaining, educational and engaging experiences in one of the most picturesque settings in northern New England. Guided and self-guided tours, accessible historic buildings, family activities, exhibits, educational programs, special events, our museum cafe and shop, and breathtaking grounds offer you more than you can do in a day.
May 9 – September 4
Guided tours at 11am & 2pm
Making the Most of Your Visit Visitors should allow at least two to three hours to experience the beauty of the Village and its exhibits and tours. It is easily possible to spend an entire day exploring the Village.
As a museum with both indoor and outdoor components, please be prepared for the weather on the day of your visit. Our footpaths are dirt and gravel; comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Most of our historic buildings have neither heating nor air conditioning. Please dress in layers of clothing or bring an extra jacket if visiting in the spring or fall.
The Village also has a network of nature trails that crisscross its nearly 700 acre site. The best marked trail takes visitors around Turning Mill Pond, where they can see the historic Pump House, beaver dams and human dams, and enjoy the flora and fauna of this beautiful and serene site. Trail maps are available at admissions. The trail takes about 30 minutes to walk.
Personal photography without flash is allowed throughout the Village. Tripods are not allowed inside historic buildings.
Accessibility We strive to make the Village welcoming to all visitors. However, due to the historic character of the Village, accessibility is limited. Buildings with ramp access to the first floor include the Creamery Café, Carriage House, Dwelling House Chapel, Hubbard Education Center, Infirmary, Laundry, School House, and Syrup Shop. Handicap-accessible restrooms are located in the Hubbard Education Center. Guests with mobility issues should inquire at the Museum Store regarding discounted admission.
Directions Canterbury Shaker Village is located 20 minutes north of Concord, New Hampshire, 60 minutes west of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and approximately 90 minutes north of Boston, Massachusetts.
From the South | Route 93 North to Exit 15E, Route 393 East. Take Exit 3, Route 106 North. Take a left off the exit. Continue north on Route 106 for 6.6 miles. Turn left at Shaker Road. Proceed 2.7 miles to the Village.
From the East: | Route 4 West. Merge onto Route 393 West towards Concord, NH. Take Exit 3, Route 106 North. Take a right off the exit. Continue north on Route 106 for 6.6 miles. Turn left at Shaker Road. Proceed 2.7 miles to the Village.
From the North | Route 93 South to exit 18 and follow signs approximately 7 miles to the Village.
From Laconia/Lakes Region | Route 106 south approximately 15 miles. Turn right at Shaker Road. Proceed 2.7 miles to the Village.