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Fruitlands Museums

Harvard, MA
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Harvard
Type: History Museums, Museums, Art Museums, Historic Sites
Activities: Getting married
Description: This complex comprises four separate museums, showcasing Transcendentalists, Shakers, Native Americans and American paintings.
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Norton, MA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I organized this trip. My small group of friends went here in late June for the day. None of us had ever been to Fruitlands before. My friends live in the opposite sides of the state and I needed to find a location in the middle of the state. Harvard was an ideal location and very easy to find off... More

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154 reviews 154 reviews
83 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

As you arrive there are gorgeous views over a valley, with Mt. Wachusetts and Mt. Monadnock on the horizon. the docent in the Visitors Center was very informative, regarding the history of the museum and its fascinating founder, Clara Sears. . There are a number of really interesting museums including a Native American Gallery and a Shaker Museum. For the... More

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Boston, MA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I visited on a rainy Sunday and didn't really know what to expect. We'd driven by the sign on rt 2 so many times but finally decided to visit. We started the trip with brunch outside in the tent and were delighted by the view, Mimosas and food! Fresh local ingredients, gorgeous vista, and quick service. We... More

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McLean, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Fruitlands, site of a utopian community founded by Bronson Alcott et al lasted less than a year but the museum, in its several buildings, tells the history of the experiment, of the lives of those who lived here, and has an excellent exhibit on Shakers in the nearby community. Beautiful setting. Lunch at the cafe pleasant, especially outside. Very educational.... More

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Keene, New Hampshire
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Wow, this 210 acre gem was incredible. It all started with our admission tickets - we got a discount for being seniors, then add'l discount for AAA and lastly my wife got in for free because she was a teacher. The museum is divided into four parts: Art Gallery, Native-American, Shaker, Alcott Farmhouse. The docents in each Museum were helpful... More

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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The location is beautiful and the outdoor dining patio is great. The only disappointment was that there wasn't anyone at each location to better explain each of the houses. Very interesting artifacts and overall was nice.

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Turners Falls, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Thought there would be more to this museum. We took a guided tour but felt rushed by the tour guide, she know her stuff but being it was the last tour of the day guess was in a hurry to get home.Scenery is spectacular and you can almost see the Alcotts and other writers of their time walking the fields... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Museum with excellent restaurant. Do setts are very knowledgable. Great information about the Quakers. Scenery is beautiful in every season.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Its varied: Shakers, Transcendentalism, Hudson RIver, Native Americans, Nature. It has interesting exhibits, interesting trails along a beautiful stretch of land, interesting outdoor sculpture and a restaurant with a view. It's all 45 minutes from Boston too. Lovely trip to take in the foliage along route 2.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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373 reviews 373 reviews
54 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I had no idea how sprawling this "museum" was! My friend and I stopped for a craft fair and they were offering free admission to the museum so we decided to explore, and we were pleasantly surprised. The grounds house an array of interesting statues, a museum, a Native American Museum, a Shaker museum, and Louisa May Alcott's home while... More

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