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Address: 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA 01451
Phone Number: 19784563924
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Fruitlands Museum is comprised of four separate museums, showcasing...

Fruitlands Museum is comprised of four separate museums, showcasing Transcendentalists, Shakers, Native Americans and American paintings on 210 acres of meadows and woods with 2.5 miles of trails and a breathtaking view of the Nashua River Valley. The Fruitlands Museum Store sells fine crafts by local artists and the Museum Café, which is open during the main season (April 15 through November 7), focuses on locally sourced, sustainable cuisine reflective of the heritage of New England.

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A hidden gem in Harvard

This is a wonderful hidden museum that should be more widely visited. They have three distinct museums that house Shaker History, Native American history and one devoted to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful hidden museum that should be more widely visited. They have three distinct museums that house Shaker History, Native American history and one devoted to Louisa May Alcott's family when they lived here. They also have rotating local artists.

Thank janekrn
Norton, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Tranquil and educational place with plenty to experience. Art lovers will be in heaven. Awesome drive or ride with great scenic views and near by Apple picking.

Thank Michaelbdoherty
Mooreville, Mississippi, United States
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91 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

Most times and places an experiment like Fruitlands would be ignored or just laughed at. But these guys, or at least a couple of them, were really smart. They thought big thoughts, deep thoughts. And they thought some mysterious force of nature would feed them. Dumb. Really dumb. But this place is very interesting...and makes me feel a lot smarter!... More 

Thank Michael M
Ware, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great museum. I thoroughly enjoyed the Native section, as well as the visitors center. I must say that the grounds are stunning. One issue I did have (and not really a reason to give it less than five) is the fact that the docent in the Alcott home seemed to "not care at all" and could not really answer any... More 

Thank Nick V
Holden, Massachusetts
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127 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Fruitlands Museums are an eclectic blend of collections, not an in depth look at any one area. An overview of the buildings and their focus is provided in the visitors' center. Housed in an original Shaker building, moved from nearby, the first Shaker artifacts museum is here, and was a highlight for me thanks to the less often known information... More 

1 Thank Sande24
Belmont, United States
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

My husband and I went last Friday on "Free Fun Friday". I have to agree with the reviews I have read about the lovely scenic views. There are also interesting sculptures seemingly randomly placed on the grounds. In fact, the whole place seems kind of scattered. You will see here an art museum, a Native American Indian exhibit and a... More 

Thank Karen P
Boston, Massachusetts
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251 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

First: There are a lot of steep hills. You should know this going in. In order to get from one building to another, you are walking up and down steep hills. Beyond that there are problems with the ways in which the collections are presented. For some enclosed exhibits in the Native American Gallery, you have to almost put your... More 

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MdelaneyHarvard, Public Relations Manager at Fruitlands Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Fruitlands Museum and for taking the time to write a review. Our small staff takes great pride in our museum and is always interested in hearing visitor's thoughts so we can continue to improve their experience. Our beautiful hillside, which the Alcott’s chose as the site for their transcendental community, Fruitlands, is definitely a blessing and... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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102 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

What a gorgeous setting. We visiting using a local library pass. Teachers are free! The art museum was closed but there was an outdoor art exhibit. The former site of the Fruitlands experiment- Bronson Alcott's communal living village- well it wasn't sustainable but the site is lovely. Some part Shaker, some part Native American, all parts art and the most... More 

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Boston, MA
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

A delightful visit -- beautiful New England landscapes, an unique slice of New England history, a small but packed museum of Native American objects, art sculptures spread across the core area, one building dedicated to the Shakers who settled in Harvard and another which was occupied by the Alcotts and friends who attempted to create a separate communal style of... More 

1 Thank PFrances
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

There are several interesting small museums on site. We went to see the farmhouse where Bronson Alcott and his family carried out their short-lived and poorly thought out experiment in vegan utopian living and were interested to find a small shaker museum, a native american collection, and an excellent small art museum (which happened to have two fantastic visiting exhibits).... More 

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