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Address: Harvard, MA
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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
Activities: Getting married
Description: This complex comprises four separate museums, showcasing...
This complex comprises four separate museums, showcasing Transcendentalists, Shakers, Native Americans and American paintings.
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Best views so serene

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Belmont, United States
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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227 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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Boston, Massachusetts
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94 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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 

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USA
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23 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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New York City, New York
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105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A remarkable history of transcendental naivete, interesting museums and a fabulous view. Visit on a nice, clear day and enjoy a picnic or lunch on the cafe.

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Central Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a really eclectic museum on a gorgeous piece of land. There's so much to see, we didn't have enough time to see it all. I recommend getting there in the morning and having lunch there. in addition to the indoor exhibits in 4 buildings, there are outdoor art pieces and hiking trails. Definitely worth the trip and the... More 

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Urbana, Ohio
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I was touring nearby Concord and wasn't sure I wanted to trek out to the Fruitlands--but it was definitely worth the trip! There is gorgeous scenery, nice walking trails and such an interesting collection in the smaller museums. While the farmhouse where Louisa May Alcott and her family had their unsuccessful attempt at communal living was a highlight, the Shaker... More 

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Montreal
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We arrived too late to visit inside the buildings, but the scenery alone was worth stopping by, we took beautiful pictures of the landscape. We will go back and arrive early next time!

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New Hartford, Connecticut
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

My daughter's wedding at Fruitlands last fall....absolutely gorgeous setting. Dozens of guests commented on the beautiful setting and incredible views ....including the sunset. Wedding organizer did at fabulous job with every detail. It could not have been a better day and night!!

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Additional Information about Fruitlands Museums

Address: Harvard, MA
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Harvard
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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