South Union today is more than just a memory. It is a place to visit and learn firsthand about the Shaker way of life. Several of the original buildings have been restored and now house a fine museum of Shaker folklife and material culture, a unique gift shop, and overnight lodgings. While visiting the Shaker Museum, you will have an opportunity to see beautiful artifacts such as homespun blankets, coverlets, kerosene lamps, ironstone, butter churns, oval boxes, and Shaker furniture. These artifacts tell so much about the day-to-day lives of the Shakers here at South Union, and the “world’s” people during that period of time. Each of our exhibits is filled with these lovely artifacts that take you back to the simplicity of the times. This Shaker community was established by the Shakers in 1807 and closed in 1922. We invite you to explore our web site and then plan your visit to this western-most of the Shaker communities. To find the best times to visit, take a look at the special events we have throughout the year. The South Union Shaker Village was established as an independent, non-profit, educational institution, its purpose being:

  • To preserve and maintain the site of the Shaker Society which once existed at South Union.
  • To protect its buildings, its landscape, and its folklife and material culture.
  • To use the buildings and grounds to further the interest of the public in historic preservation and Shaker history.
  • To sponsor continuing programs of an educational and cultural nature.

plan your visit

Here’s the scoop on planning your visit to South Union Shaker Village!

REGULAR SEASON {March 1 through November 30} 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. WINTER HOURS {December 1 through February 28} 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.The Village is CLOSED on MONDAYS year round.

HOWEVER, we are open from 9AM to 5PM on Memorial Day!

For updated information, please call 800-811-8379, or 270-542-4167. You can also reach us by email at info@southunionshakervillage.com.


Adults | $8.00 each

Children [ages 6-12] | $4.00 each

Children 5 + under | FREE

Student rate | $4.00 each


Coupons are  offered at the Bowling Green Visitors Bureau | $1.00 off admission

South Union Shaker Village offers school tours year ‘round, but presents the following focused tours. Cost is $4 per student, with teachers and bus drivers free.

We offer two tours:

MAY 1st-31st

Scientific Americans: Shaker Invention and Technology

NOVEMBER 3rd-21st  

To Grandmother’s House We Go: Thanksgiving in 1914

Please call us at 1-800-811-8379 to make reservations.

Please check out our Bus Fund program for those of you looking for a way to help out on travel expense. Click on the form link below.

Download the BUS FUND FORM

South Union Shaker Village offers a wide range of tours and activities for groups of all ages. Please call us at 1-800-811-8379 for tour prices and to make reservations. Groups of 12 or more are also invited to make lunch or dinner reservations at the 1869 Shaker Tavern Bed & Breakfast.

South Union Shaker Village is located 1 mile south of US-68 on KY-1466, ten miles west of Bowling Green, KY. PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 850 Shaker Museum Road Auburn, KY 42206 VIEW MAP + GET DIRECTIONS

The Shaker Tavern is currently closed except for weddings and events.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:  396 South Union Road, Auburn, KY 42206


We are pleased to announce that our friends and neighbors, the Fathers of Mercy, have extended to us an invitation to purchase the 1854 Wash House.

Incorporating the Wash House into our village setting will enable us to further advance the SUSV mission of serving the public near and far through historic preservation and cultural heritage education. For the first time, we will have the opportunity to create dedicated areas for school programs, meeting rooms for adult education, additional gallery and exhibit space, and research areas for students and interns. The acquisition of this significant building will also enable us to highlight women’s history in a structure that was wholly dedicated to their efforts throughout the 19th century.

Read more about the campaign and the history of the 1854 Wash House. >>

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