We are open! As of April 7, the Shaker Historical Society is open to visitors by appointment-only from 11am-5pm on Wednesday-Friday with a goal of resuming our normal operating hours by May. Book your visit here!
Please note the following COVID-19 guidelines (more information available here):
Masks are required, even if you have been vaccinated
Family groups are limited to 5 people
All tours are self-guided
Wash/sanitize your hands upon entering
Maintain 6-foot distance from other visitors 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.
Keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram, and website for the most up-to-date information about programs and events. While our doors are closed, you can still view our digital exhibits on our website and past programs on our YouTube page!
Our top priorities during this time are to keep visitors and staff safe and healthy; to keep the collection safe; and to maintain a connection with the community.
In-person group tours are suspended until further notice. However, we are currently doing virtual tours of our museum. Please fill out the group tour request form below to book a virtual tour for your group!
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.
Group tours are subject to additional fees.
We ask that you consider using credit and debit cards or contact-free payment through PayPal, but we will continue to accept cash. Ohio Historical Society members and Shaker Historical Society members enjoy free admission to tour the museum, art gallery, or visit the library by appointment. Learn more about becoming an SHS member or OHC member.
Special programs may require an entrance fee for members as well.
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.
The National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families have decided to cancel the summer 2020 free admission program. The Shaker Historical Society is proud to be a Blue Star Museum and we look forward to welcoming active military members and their families in 2021!
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.
Parking is available in the lot behind the museum. Cyclists may park their bikes at racks near the main entrance. Drivers may park facing 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).
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.