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Fruitlands Museum

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Address: 102 Prospect Hill Rd, Harvard, MA 01451-1348
Phone Number: 19784563924
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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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 nice stop when in the area

I've been stopping at the Fruitlands from time to time over the years and it is always enjoyable A great place even if you just stop for lunch at the cafe, great views of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chetzak
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Wolcott, Connecticut
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Wolcott, Connecticut
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been stopping at the Fruitlands from time to time over the years and it is always enjoyable A great place even if you just stop for lunch at the cafe, great views of the Nashoba Valley. Interesting and Informative on early settlers to the area.

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Thank Chetzak
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group of 10 associates recently had our Annual luncheon at Fruitlands Museum. What a beautiful location to have a luncheon, whether a group or a couple. We chose to sit in the big tent which was open to the view. Very pleasant to not only enjoy the view but the country side. The menu is not large but with... More 

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Thank Peter W
Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fruitlands is a favorite destination for lunch with my girlfriends. Sit outside & enjoy the beautiful views. The menu is somewhat limited but I've enjoyed my food every time I visit. If you love carrot cake, you have to order it here. You can pay to tour the entire grounds of the museum. It's a very unique place that should... More 

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Thank MGMN27
Boston
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Learned some interesting facts about children's portraits ---especially children with bare feet in portraits! The "Indian" museum was interesting as well --- never realized how many different tribes there were in Massachusetts! Loved learning that Louise May Alcott lived here prior to moving to Concord, MA. It was recommended to us to avoid the trails as the "wasps" were very... More 

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Thank Queensabode
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely place to visit. We learned a lot with a short tour. Bathrooms were clean. The grounds were spectacular.nwe did a lot of walking.

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Thank Cusmikgurl
North Billerica, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

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.

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Thank KJBleu
Hudson, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

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 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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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.

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Somerville
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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.

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1 Thank Andrew B
Fargo, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 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.

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