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    Experienced the passion, talents and skills behind rural life. Up close. Hands on

What are people saying?

“BEHOLD! New Lebanon is breaking new ground in the interpretation of rural life and culture.”

Dr. Tim Lloyd,
American Folklore Society

‘Part museum-without-walls, part reality show… a deliberate contrast to the stereotypical bonneted butter churners at Old Sturbridge Village and other re-creations of yesteryear…’

New York Times

‘Superlative! Wonderful concept. Should be in all communities. It was perfect!’

2014 Visitor

Experience the First Living Museum
of Today’s Rural America

Between the beaten paths of the Berkshire Hills and Hudson Valley, a truly unusual visitor experience awaits: the first living museum of contemporary rural life in America.

Created by the founding president of the popular Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, Behold! New Lebanon introduces you to farmers, artisans, farm dog trainers, a forager, a hunter, a jewelry artisan, firefighter, race car drivers, an Indian food chef, an inventor, an auctioneer, a small town car mechanic, and more.

They are the innovators, the spirit, the energy and community of contemporary rural life.

Learn the Secrets of
Contemporary Rural Life

Take a tour or a workshop with skilled and friendly Rural Guides, who introduce you to their farms, barns, artisan studios workshops, and businesses — in their familiar element.

You will learn — close-up and hands-on — about living and working in a rural community.  You’ll leave with a new perspective of life in the Berkshires and Columbia County, in the 21st century. You’ll have a fresh new experience with the first living museum of rural life.

We look forward to meeting you.

2015 Tours
on Saturdays

July 4 – Sept. 26

… check back May 1 for details.

Ordinary people. Extraordinary lives.
Join us.