Enfield Shaker Museum: Welcoming, Inclusive, and Accessible
Enfield Shaker Museum is a 54-acre property located on two sides of NH Route 4A, with adjacent conservation land of about 5,200 acres. Ten historic Shaker buildings, the Mary Keane Chapel, and Museum herb gardens are located on the east side of Route 4A and four Shaker historic buildings are located on the west side of Route 4A. The conservation land, with the Shaker Feast Ground, Shaker reservoir (Smith Pond), and hiking trails, is on the west side of Route 4A.
For visitors and guests with limited mobility or disability, the terrain may be difficult to navigate. The Museum has many uneven stone sidewalks and gravel or woodchip paths. Most of the restored 19th century buildings have two or more steps and no elevators. Because of the sizable nature of the property, parking (even ADA-compliant spaces) is at a distance from building entrances.
Nevertheless, Enfield Shaker Museum welcomes everyone and strives to make their visit to the Museum an interesting and memorable experience.
Services for Visitors and Guests with Limited Mobility or Disability
- Accessible parking spaces are located in the parking lot on the south side of the Great Stone Dwelling, with a paved walk to the building.
- Service dogs are welcome. Pets and emotional support animals are not allowed in Museum buildings.
- The Great Stone Dwelling has an ADA-compliant ramp and two ADA-compliant gender-neutral restrooms on the 1st floor. The Orientation Room (with introductory video and exhibits), Shaker Dining Room, and Gift Shop are also located on the 1st floor.
- Visitors and guests with limited mobility or disability will not be charged Museum admission. Please visit the Gift Shop at the west end of the Great Stone Dwelling to obtain a complimentary admission badge.
- Persons with limited mobility or disability are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the first floor of the Great Stone Dwelling or wait for scheduled tour (11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.). On the scheduled tour, the tour guide will use visual aids to describe the Shaker Meeting Room and exhibition rooms on the 2nd floor.
- With advance notice, a tour guide will be available to give a mobility-appropriate tour of the building exteriors on the Museum grounds.
- Meals are not served onsite. Coffee, tea, hot apple cider, and hot chocolate are available in the Dining Room (24/7). Snacks, soft drinks, fruit juice, and bottled water (plain and flavored seltzer) are available in our Gift Shop (Wednesday-Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-5). Both the Dining Room and Gift Shop are accessible to visitors and guests with limited mobility or disability.
- Accessible parking spaces are located in the parking lot on the north side of the Brethren’s Shops.
- The Brethren’s Shop East has an ADA-compliant ramp and two ADA-compliant exhibits on the 1st floor.
Wheelchair and Walker Accessible Buildings with Ramps (ADA-compliant)
- Great Stone Dwelling (1st floor)
- Brethren’s East Shop (1st floor)
- North Family Laundry/Dairy (1st floor)
- North Family Wood House (1st floor)
- Community Theater
Wheelchair and Walker Accessible Buildings with Ramps (not ADA-compliant)
- 1854 Cow Barn
- Stone Mill
- West Meadow Barn
- North Family Cow Barn
- North Family Office Barn
Wheelchair and Walker Inaccessible Buildings
- Great Stone Dwelling Exhibit Rooms (2nd floor)
- Great Stone Dwelling Guest Rooms (3rd and 4th floor)
- Brethren’s West Shop (ADA-compliant ramp coming soon)
- Laundry/Dairy Building (closed for restoration at the present time)
- Ministry Shop (four steps)
- Mary Keane Chapel (six steps)
- Museum Herb Gardens
- North Family Trustees’ Office
Enfield Shaker Museum
447 NH Rt 4A
Enfield, NH 03748