Fruitlands Museum

Fruitlands Museum, Harvard: Hours, Address, Fruitlands Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Fruitlands Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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AmyAJ
4 contributions
Beautiful but watch out for poison ivy!
Sep 2021
I was inspired to write this review because I noticed that the Trustees of Reservations (property owner) lists Fruitlands as one of its guests' favorite places for a picnic. I visited the grounds on Labor Day weekend 2021 for an outdoor play, and my thoughts re: picnicing are: yes, if you want to eat at the nice on-site cafe which has good food, cute tables, a patio and a gorgeous view, but no, if you were thinking of sitting on the ground, with or without a blanket. I say this because after seeing the play for which my friend and I brought a blanket, but had to walk between different spots for different scenes, I came away with a nasty case of poison ivy. The same thing happened to me at World's End, another beautiful Trustees property in SE MA, two years ago. The views at both properties are beautiful but BE CAREFUL of where/how you sit on the ground!
Written October 3, 2021
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Rooindie
Farmington, CT915 contributions
Must do a tour
Sep 2021
We did a tour, and without that, we agree we'd only give this a 2. The art and Native American Galleries were small and not especially interesting. What makes this place interesting is the "experiment in living" that happened here, and there isn't much information about it without doing the tour. The tour involves uphill walking and no shade. We also tried to see the nearby Shaker sites - don't bother. We probably spent about 90 minutes at the site.
Written October 3, 2021
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dmcnslt
Asheville, NC103 contributions
Nice café for lunch but uninspiring museums.
Jul 2021
Only two of the four museums were open when we visited. These two contained few items and these were pretty uninspired. Even the hiking trail we took was nothing special. On the plus side there are lovely views from the parking lot, staff are exceptionally nice and knowledgeable, and the gift shop and restaurant for lunch are both quite good. I would not go much out of your way to visit.
Written July 22, 2021
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wickystick99
Hadley, MA15 contributions
Maybe wait a few months?
Jun 2021
First off, let me preface this by saying that my trip to Fruitlands was in June 2021, so some covid restrictions were still in place and operations were impacted. At present, just the art gallery and the Native American Gallery are open--the Shaker Gallery and (main attraction for me) Fruitlands Farmhouse remain closed. I thoroughly explored the open spaces, but had trouble occupying myself for much more than an hour, as it was, and left not knowing much about the Alcotts' connection to the land or the history of the museum.

I didn't pre-book a tour, but a staff member told me that she could get me on the 11:30 tour and to check back. I ran by the gift shop about twenty minutes prior, but was informed that two others wanted to join and they left to get lunch, so they'd pushed back to noon. It seems like unless you book in advance, online (cost of $5 on top of admission), tours are ad hoc? I wound up skipping out, since I didn't want to sit around for 45 minutes with nothing else left to see or explore in the meantime.

In hindsight, it would be best to save a visit for when the museum has fully re-opened. Not really enough to see and do at present to warrant a three hour rt drive. If you go, book any and all optional tours.
Written June 18, 2021
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Phyllis B
Woodstock, Connecticut, United States98 contributions
A great surprise!
Feb 2020
It was one of those days that we headed out to explore! We had heard of Fruitlands Museum, but knew nothing about it. It was a wonderful experience full of interesting information. The staff were excellent and so happy to answer all of our questions! Our only negative was that we didn't realize that some buildings were closed because of the cold weather in New England. This makes sense now, but we wish it was made more obvious on their website. We will definitely return to see the additional buildings, but also to take advantage of the hiking trails.
Written February 5, 2020
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greencourt
Brighton38 contributions
Museum is great. Restaurant service is dire.
Oct 2019
We waited twenty minutes to be seated and another forty minutes to get served, after which our afternoon visit to this excellent museum (in scenic surroundings) was sadly curtailed. There was also an error on our bill. Visit Fruitlands by all means, but bring your own lunch!
Written November 6, 2019
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Ray Shaheen
Rochester, NY19 contributions
Interesting Spot with Great View and some Quirky Small Museums
Oct 2019 • Couples
This rather obscure site established by Endicott Sears, an eccentric , wealthy woman from the turn-of-the-Century era, who collected buildings and objects from Native Americans, Shakers, and Hudson River School artists. It’s located on a beautiful hillside, overlooking Wachuset Mountain.
The interpreters at each museum were very welcoming and friendly.
Transportation is available, due to the site terrain. A network of walking trails allows for exploration of entire grounds.
Written October 4, 2019
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mpd
Boston, MA1,006 contributions
Beautiful setting
Sep 2019
In the hills overlooking the valley, many buildings holding Shaker, Mrs. Sears art and her varied collections. Very well maintained, great gift shop, and knowledgeable staff. Plenty of parking.
Written September 28, 2019
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Bos2traveler
Boston, MA160 contributions
Wonderful, knowledgeable staff
Sep 2019
We went on the first cool showery weekday in September and had the place to ourselves. We visited the four main buildings and had lunch n the cafe. The docents in each builing were a fount of knowledge and responded well to our level of interest. My wife is a retured English professor and had a great time discussing the house nad back ground of Fruitlands experiment. I especially enjoyed the Art Museum and Native American Museums.
Written September 15, 2019
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Nikko4Me
Milford, MA5,800 contributions
Gorgeous views, interesting exhibits/history, and informative guides
Aug 2019
As others have indicated, the property is situated on a hill, but affords some amazing views. We were glad we had great walking shoes to visit the buildings on the property.

The guides at each building provided us an overview which was very informative. We enjoyed all the exhibitions that were on display, including Visions of Design: Parallels in Mid-Century Modern and Shaker Furniture; A New England State of Mind: The Pioneering Collector, Clara Sears and A New View: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection.

We hope to return in the fall to see the change of season as well as take advantage of the hiking trails.
Written August 25, 2019
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Fruitlands Museum is open:
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM