Visit the Museum
Plan Your Visit
The museum welcomes walk-in visitors during the following operating hours:
Wednesday - Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12-5pm
Monday - Tuesday: CLOSED
Visits take approximately 30-60 minutes. Please note that last entry is at 4:30pm to ensure visitors have time to tour the full museum.
General admission is FREE with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Members of the Shaker Historical Society and Ohio History Connection are always free and receive a 10% discount in the Spirit Tree Gift Shop. Learn more about becoming an SHS member or OHC member.
Group tours may be subject to additional fees.
We are proud to be a new member of Museums for All, a nation-wide program to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. Those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits will receive free admission for up to 4 individuals with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Reduced program fees may also apply to select programs and events.
Spirit Tree Gift Shop
The Shaker Historical Society operates a small gift shop with a variety of gifts related to the museum, Shakers, and Shaker Heights, including items made by local artisans. Members of the Shaker Historical Society and Ohio History Connection receive a 10% discount in the Spirit Tree gift shop. We ask that you consider using credit and debit cards or contact-free payment through PayPal, but we will continue to accept cash.
Visit the museum or shop the Spirit Tree online.
The museum is located at 16740 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44120. Parking is available in the lot behind the museum. Cyclists may park their bikes at racks near the main entrance. Drivers may park along the garage. A designated handicapped parking space is located near the ADA ramp and entrance. If the lot is full, visitors may park on the north side of South Park Blvd (opposite the museum).
Pedestrians may reach us from Cleveland by the Shaker Rapid (now RTA) green line to Lee Road. From there it is a short walk north toward the Shaker gates and then right along either Shaker Blvd. (to our pedestrian entrance) or to South Park Blvd. then right. Our property goes between Shaker Blvd. and South Park Blvd.
Please note our historic building is not entirely ADA accessible and there is no ADA restroom inside the museum. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is available in the garage during the summer and fall but is closed in the winter and spring. Most of our exhibits are on the main floor of the house, which can be accessed via the ADA ramp at the back of the museum, but there is no lift or elevator to access the second floor. All rooms on the first floor are on the same level except a very small step down to access the Spirit Tree Gift Shop, which was formerly the sun porch.
In addition to the ADA ramp, there is a designated handicapped parking spot behind the museum. The ADA ramp and handicapped parking spot were made possible thanks to a National Parks Service grant with additional funding from the Ohio History Connection, and in-kind services from Cleveland DRAW and Paul Hummer Paving.
Visitors may take a self-guided tour of the museum during normal operating hours. To schedule in-person or virtual group tours for 4-15 people, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our Group Tour Request Form. Group tours must be requested at least 3 weeks in advance. All attendees for in-person tours are required to wear masks.
If you are interested in learning about Shaker Heights at your convenience, please download one of our driving or bike tours:
Masks are highly encouraged inside the museum and when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from other guests
All tours are self-guided during this time
Please wash/sanitize your hands upon entering
Maintain a 6-foot distance from other guests and staff throughout the museum
The Shaker Historical Society cannot guarantee that any visitor will not contract COVID-19 while on SHS premises. By visiting SHS, all visitors voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and accept and agree to abide by these guidelines and all other signage posted on SHS premises.