Guided Tours

Canterbury Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark and museum nestled among the rolling hills of wooded central New Hampshire. Less than an hour and a half from Boston, twenty minutes from Concord, NH, and just south of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, it is easily accessible by bus or car. With nearly 700 acres of forests, open fields bordered by stone walls, well-tended gardens and picturesque mill ponds, as well as a distinctive campus of 25 original and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, Canterbury Shaker Village is a must-see for any group touring the region.

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Tours

Experience the full Shaker story on a 75-minute guided tour or explore the Village on your own. We have some of the most knowledgeable, interesting, and entertaining guides in the business. Many visitors take a guided tour and then wander through the Village on their own to see more—other exhibits and buildings, craft demonstrators, and our extensive gardens, orchards, and trails around the mill pond.

“A great tour guide is one who is so enthusiastic during the presentation that the listener feels like this is the first time such material has been shared. This was our experience at Canterbury Shaker Village with 54 senior travelers. The excellent tour guides shared information with clarity and passion. The result was a wonderful attraction made even better! We will return next year!” – M.P., Group Tour owner and leader, Summer, 2018.

Shopping

The Museum Store is a well-stocked emporium of Shaker-inspired handicrafts and related gifts. Find an exceptional assortment of baskets, brooms, oval boxes, carriers, and other traditional Shaker-style objects, plus books, music, jewelry, candles, cards, and much more. Don’t miss our signature dark chocolate bar studded with bits of maple toffee and wrapped in a colorful label that shows Shaker sisters making maple candy a hundred years ago.

Dining

Sandwiches, soups, salads, chips, cookies, pastries and drinks are all available in the self-service Museum Café located in the Creamery. Another available option is our Horse Barn, adjacent to the main parking lot at the Museum’s entrance, which allows for private dining. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Pre-ordered bag lunches are also available. Please inquire when you make your reservation. Café hours vary.

Average visit

2 ½ to 3 hours.

Fees and Payment

Groups must make a reservation to receive our group rate of $14 per person. This includes a private group tour scheduled at your preferred time during our regular hours of operation, and complementary admission for the bus driver and tour escort.

Groups of fewer than 20 people may choose to pay a flat fee of $280 to book a private group tour. Our regular adult admission is $20.

Full payment is due upon arrival at the Village and all groups must confirm final numbers and arrival times seven days in advance. Failure to do so may result in additional charges.

For further information or to make a reservation, call (603) 783-9511 ext. 284 or email info@shakers.org.

Demonstrations

In many of the historic buildings, you can watch and talk to traditional artisans as they demonstrate crafts that were part of everyday life for both the Shakers and their “Worldly” counterparts. Admission staff will provide the demonstration schedule when you arrive.

Traditional crafts-demonstrations include:

  • Broom making
  • Letterpress Printing
  • Oval box-making
  • Woodworking and chair taping
  • Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Rug Braiding
  • Rug Hooking
  • Sewing