A Rural Museum Without Walls…60 Tours in 2015

People are 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…other re-creations of yesteryear…’

New York Times

‘An elegant solution to a pressing need in struggling, rural communities.’

Amy Frietag, J.M. Kaplan Fund Executive Director

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


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 innovators and preservationists. They are the spirit, the energy and community of today’s rural life.

Learn the Secrets of
Contemporary Rural Life

Randall cow breed at Behold! New Lebanon museum

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

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

Ordinary people. Extraordinary lives.
Join us.