South Union Shaker Village and Museum, Kentucky

Shaker classroom at South UnionThe Shakers were a religious sect that lived in the US during the late 1700's and 1800's. Most Americans probably know the Shakers for their famous style of furniture, but life for them was about so much more than that. The Shaker Museum of South Union, Kentucky takes you back in time to a shaker village, the westernmost of its kind in the United States. Several of the original buildings have been expertly restored and filled with artifacts that show us how the Shakers lived.



The Shakers prided themselves on worship and hard work. At the museum, you can view relics of their extensive textile industry, like blankets and clothing spun by hand. You'll also see pieces of everyday life, like a Shaker butter churn, that give a glimpse into what life was like in early America. The South Union Shaker Village is also known for its events throughout the year. Plan your trip accordingly and you can experience a Shaker spring in the garden market or listen to their characteristic music in a restored Shaker barn. The museum at South Union is an escape for you and your family from our mile-a-minute reality. It brings you a few steps back to a slower, simpler time.

The Shaker Museum of South Union address and hours

South Union Shaker Village
850 Shaker Museum Road
Auburn, KY 42206

During the Regular Season (March 1 through November 30), the South Union Shaker Village is open for tours from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday - Saturday and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sundays (Central Time). The last tour begins 45 minutes before closing. The Village is closed Thanksgiving Day. The Village is closed on Mondays year round

During Winter Hours (December 1 through February 28), the South Union Shaker Village is open for tours from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Tuesday-Saturday (Central Time). The last tour begins 45 minutes before closing. The Village is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

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Last updated by Jack on 10 October, 2015 in Destinations.

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