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Address: 707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260
Phone Number:
+1 207-926-4597
10:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum is located within the perimeters of the...

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum is located within the perimeters of the only active and functioning Shaker Community in the world. The museum was first organized in 1931 by Sisters Iona Sedgley and Ethel Peacock in hopes of educating the public about the "truths" of Shakerism. Thousands of visitors have come to explore this unique and sacred place of work and worship. Six of the 18 existing structures at Sabbathday Lake are open to the public. Throughout these buildings there are twenty-seven exhibit rooms which explore a continuum of over 200 years of Shaker heritage in the Maine Communities. We request that all visitors remember that this site is a home and to respect the privacy and work schedules of the Shaker Community. With the exceptions of the Shaker Store and Museum Visitors' Center, access to any building is restricted by guided tour only. 1-hour guided tours leave our Visitors' Center every hour on the half hour beginning at 10:30am with the last tour leaving at 3:15pm. The Shaker Museum is open from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. Open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm EST. Please note that the Museum and grounds are closed on Sundays but Sunday Meeting worship is open to the public. We offer a full schedule of workshops, concerts, and special events throughout the year, please visit our website for our full calendar of events.

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We arrived here in time for the first guided tour of the day. There were only two other couples and so the tour felt intimate and personal. Although only shown a couple of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2016
Ian g
Neston, United Kingdom
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The place is nice but limited in what it has to offer. Fells more like a "tourist attraction" than a real one.The "active Shaker community" as it states includes 3 men living in 2 big farm house. One can get information about the shakers but I am not sure it is worth the trip. If you do pass by -... More 

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Neston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived here in time for the first guided tour of the day. There were only two other couples and so the tour felt intimate and personal. Although only shown a couple of buildings the history was fascinating and also rather sad because there are only three members of the community left. Our guide was informative and chatty and gave... More 

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Vestal, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I very much enjoyed the enthusiastic and knowledge laden tour and the serene setting only enhanced the day.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Very educational tour - I never knew all the information that I learned about the Shakers. The history of the Shakers is very interesting and the tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and respectful of the Shakers. Not all the buildings were open but we were able to go through the meeting house, elders lodging and we learned... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Spent a couple of hours, wandering the grounds, watching the animals, pondering on the past. A beautiful setting. Gracious staff answered many questions. Very spiffy store with Shaker and local products

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Scarborough, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

This is the only shaker community that is active in the USA,established in 1783. There is a museum and shaker store. Tours are available,Memorial Day to Columbus Day daily Monday-Saturday at 10:30,11:30,12:30,1:30 2:30 and 3;15. The tour was fantastic and only last 1 hour. Their land consists of 1,800 acres. They raise sheep,cows,pigs ,bees,and have an apple orchard. Their store... More 

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ellijay, ga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

What an interesting find this little village turned out to be. The history of the area is as interesting as the people and the culture. This village offers tours of their buildings and farm. The gift shop is full of Shaker handmade items. The wooden bowls are beautiful! I learned a lot from stopping in this great, quaint village

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

If you are interested in history, make this a must see! The farm is still a working farm - the museums are fascinating. Be sure to listen to the audio story. The docents were most friendly and informative. This is an excellent experience for young and old alike.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

First, I wouldn't go far out of my way to go here, unless you are very interested in the history of the Shakers and this only remaining active Shaker Village. Called Sabbathday Lake, we arrived a few minutes too late for the last tour. So we walked around the grounds and in the gift shop. I have always heard Shaker... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We went here based on a friends recommendation. What I hadn't realized from the web site was there are only 3 Shakers left (who you are unlikely to see), in the world, located there. All the work on the farm and herb garden is outsourced. When we got there it was deserted. All there really is to see (if you... More 

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