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Address: , Harvard, MA 01451
Phone Number: 19784563924
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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
Activities: Getting married
Description: 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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Ware, Massachusetts
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Ware, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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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 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 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 

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Belmont, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 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 Museums, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 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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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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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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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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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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