Frequently Asked Questions about Enfield Shaker Museum
Welcome to Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, New Hampshire. We are a small outdoor history museum with a big online presence to enable everyone to enjoy our beautiful site, our growing collection, and our engaging educational activities, whether in person or virtually. All are welcome here!
When is Enfield Shaker Museum open?
Enfield Shaker Museum is open from May through mid-December. Some of our buildings and exhibitions are open year-round by advance reservation. Each season of the year has its own reasons to visit. See our Current Schedule for Visitors.
Check our Calendar of Events for special events and activities.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In 2021, Enfield Shaker Museum will open for the season on June 1.
What are Enfield Shaker Museum's COVID-19 Policies?
Although NH Governor Sununu has allowed the State mask-wearing mandate to expire, the Town of Enfield mask ordinance is still in place and, according to its language, will stay in effect “during a period of a public health pandemic/State of Emergency as declared by the Governor of the State of New Hampshire.” Governor Sununu has stated that a State of Emergency will likely remain in place through 2021 (in order to accept Federal relief funds). So–when you visit Enfield Shaker Museum, you must wear your mask indoors. Wearing a mask outdoors on public property is strongly encouraged for everyone and is required for groups over 15 persons.
Read the Town of Enfield’s Ordnance Relative to Face Coverings for more details.
Masks and hand sanitizer are both available free of charge to visitors at the museum.
How long should I plan to stay?
We have nine original buildings, gardens, hiking trails, cemeteries, and the Feast Ground, as well as outdoor picnic tables and a gift shop. Most people spend an hour and a half to two hours visiting the site.
May I take photographs or videos?
Absolutely! We especially love it when you post your images online after you visit. If you wish to take photographs or videos for advertising, publication, or commercial uses, please let us know before you visit.
Is Enfield Shaker Museum accessible to all?
Over half of our buildings, the gardens, and cemetery are accessible by wheelchair. The Museum’s buildings and exhibitions, spread over several acres, are connected by dirt roads and stone pathways. It is also possible to drive between many of our buildings. Our Feast Ground is a half-mile uphill hike.
Where can I park?
We have unlimited free parking within close proximity to our buildings.
What should I wear?
In order to visit all of our buildings and exhibitions, it is necessary to walk outside from site to site. You should wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. In case of rain, we have a limited number of umbrellas to loan.
Is food available?
We have an outdoor picnic area and a selection of snacks and beverages in our gift shop. For scheduled groups, pre-ordered box lunches are available. Directions to nearby restaurants are available.
Where can I shop?
The Museum Gift Shop is open every day from May through December, offering a variety of handmade Shaker reproduction oval boxes and brooms, books, herbal products, toys, and local crafts.
Can I stay overnight?
Yes, we have 20 guest rooms available in the Great Stone Dwelling. At this time all of our guest rooms are accessible only by stairs.
Can I get married at the Museum?
Yes! Rustic yet elegant, picturesque and uniquely diverse, the Enfield Shaker Museum provides a beautiful country-chic setting. We have a variety of both ceremony and reception locations and we can meet many styles and budgets. We have an experienced event coordinator who will help you plan your special day! For more information, call us at (603) 632-4346 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I schedule a field trip?
School or youth groups should make a reservation to visit the Museum at least two weeks in advance. To plan a field trip, call (603) 632-4346 or email Education Coordinator Kyle Sandler at email@example.com.