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Fruitlands Museum

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Address: 102 Prospect Hill Road, 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

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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A favorite in any season

Beautiful surroundings with a really diverse collection of art and history. The view is amazing. The collections include native american, shaker, early colonial farming and shows... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
North Billerica, Massachusetts
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North Billerica, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful surroundings with a really diverse collection of art and history. The view is amazing. The collections include native american, shaker, early colonial farming and shows with newer artists. The food is also very good with a view that again can't be beat. You won't be disappointed.

Thank KJBleu
Hudson, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fruitlands is wonderful! All the years we've lived in the greater Boston area and we've never been. Shame on us! What a treasure. Beautiful grounds, gorgeous views, interesting museums - The Farmhouse where the Alcott's lived - a Native American museum with an outstanding collection - a Shaker House with many artifacts - and an art museum with Hudson River... More 

1 Thank Nancy N
Waltham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Enjoyed walking the wooded trails through the 250 acres of the museum. We then had a great lunch with a spectacular view. Delicious salads, sandwiches or cheeseburgers, and rosemary fries. Beer and wine.

1 Thank Janice B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

The woman who gave the tour was very informative. She was good at answering visitors' questions. The exhibits are interesting.

1 Thank Andrew B
Fargo, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

This museum in an idyllic setting is just a short drive from Boston. If you are interested in 19th century New England history, it's a great place because of the connections with the Alcott family and also the Shakers.

1 Thank Larry P
Harvard, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

The Fruitlands Museum has the loveliest view and some very delicious food, as well. Their Thursday night concert series in the Summer is a joy and their Fourth of July celebration is such fun. I have been fortunate enough to have taken several painting classes there, as well. It's a very inspiring spot to paint! Add to all that the... More 

Thank Jessica Rowse M
Hubbardston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

My mom, sister, and I traveled to the Fruitlands museum in Harvard, MA to see the "Wingmasters" presentation and we had so much fun! It was our first time being there. Very impressed. The view on the top of the hill is gorgeous and I would go back just to walk the trails. Beautiful place. I want to try out... More 

Thank KarenAnn94
Harvard, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

My parents and a friend of mine both held their weddings at fruit lands. I did not attend my parents wedding, but I did attend my friends wedding that took place there. The space was beautiful and very green and flowery. Obviously, everyone's taste is different but if you would like your wedding to be scenic and partly outdoors, fruit... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

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 

2 Thank MaryJane D
Shirley, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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.

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