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Address: 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA 01451
Phone Number: 19784563924
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10:00 am - 4:00 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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Park, Museum and Much More

You can spend the whole day at fruitlands, walking around its 210 acres, visiting its Shaker Museum, its American Indian Museum, its art museum with its own permanent collection... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
MaryJane D
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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178 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can spend the whole day at fruitlands, walking around its 210 acres, visiting its Shaker Museum, its American Indian Museum, its art museum with its own permanent collection of Hudson River School paintings and great temporary exhibits, its Trancendentalist farmers Museum with Louisa May Alcott History, and its excellent restaurant. Is that a run-on sentence? Well, you'll be running... More 

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Shirley, Massachusetts, United States
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44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This location has four different Museum buildings plus a great restaurant with a wonderful view, plus scenic hiking trails, plus a nifty gift shop and a research library. Topics of interest include Shakers, Native Americans, the Alcott family, and fine arts. They also provide venues for new artists and have concerts and special events throughout the year.

Thank Meredith M
Littleton, MA
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This was a great time - lots of sculptures, good hiking trails, and the museums were fascinating! Good for all ages.

Thank Warmsandslover
Glens Falls, New York
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here for quiet, interesting activity. Pretty woodlands walk. Small but interesting Shaker exhibit. We wish that more of the permanent art exhibit was on display; "modern" basket weaving art interpretations were not our interest. Indian display interesting and includes information on many different American Indian (native American) cultures. Educational display about the failed Fruitlands experiment.

Thank PrinzErik
Worcester, MA
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Fruitlands Museum is a gem of a place. If you like New England history and a nature walk this is a great place to visit. I loved learning about the Shakers of Harvard, MA plus Fuitlands was the one time home of Luisa May Alcott and her family in their failed attempt at communal living. There is also a great... More 

Thank pepper01930
Littleton, MA
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Fruitlands has something for everyone - a great little restaurant, several museum buildings, and fabulous hiking trails. Most libraries have passes for their patrons, so it's inexpensive and very interesting. A great way to spend the day!

Thank Judy G
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

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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58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 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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96 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

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 via mobile

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 

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