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Shaker Museum

The collection is getting a new home.

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Shaker Museum is building a 21st-century museum to showcase the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives.

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The four-floor facility located in Chatham, NY is by Selldorf Architects, renowned worldwide for designing subtle but powerful art spaces. The new museum includes the transformation of an historic building and construction of a modern addition and surrounding public gardens.
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The physical space’s design embodies and perpetuates the core ideals that were at the foundation of Shaker culture, applying them in a modern and relevant context and form. The glass façade on the ground floor entrance area, for example, is accessible and welcoming – just like Shaker communities.
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The design and the programming envisioned for this new facility re-examines the experience and interaction of a visitor with a museum while keeping practicality and inclusivity at the forefront, ranging from the arrival experience to common space usage to exhibition accessibility.

The museum design has more than 7,500 square feet of space for permanent and rotating exhibitions. It will also host events, workshops, academic meetings, and be available for public use – serving as a community anchor.
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Be a part of this exciting moment in Shaker Museum’s history, by supporting this growth.

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Shane Rothe

Curatorial Associate

Shane Rothe (they/them) joined Shaker Museum in July 2023, working with independent curator Maggie Taft on an exhibition for the new museum space in Chatham. Shane is an artist as well as a curator and continues to create in the mediums of painting, sculpture, writing, and performance. Shane holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in art history and curatorial studies from the University of Chicago.