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Fruitlands Museums

Harvard, MA
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Harvard
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: This complex comprises four separate museums, showcasing Transcendentalists, Shakers, Native...
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Getting married
Hours:
Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This complex comprises four separate museums, showcasing Transcendentalists, Shakers, Native Americans and American paintings.

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delaware
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108 reviews 108 reviews
52 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Visiting Fruitlands Museum was a highlight of our New England trip that centered around a wedding elsewhere. First, the employees are knowledgeable and engaging. The woman at the first building after you buy a ticket gave us an orientation of the founding of the utopian experiment. We then explored the other buildings, spending a good amount of time exploring the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This wedding spot allows for a cliff tops ceremony over looking a valley of trees- the tent for the reception is the most opulent tent I have ever seen:)

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The 360 degree panoramic view at the Fruitland Museum is what makes this place special. The museum contains 7+ small buildings each represents a subject which you learn something unique. This is not Metropolitan so do not come here expecting too much. Come here if you want to be with nature, breathe fresh air, enjoy small hikes and relax with... More 

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Norton, MA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Boston
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204 reviews 204 reviews
109 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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