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Fruitlands Museum

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Address: 102 Prospect Hill Rd, Harvard, MA 01451-1348
Phone Number: +1 978-456-3924
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Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 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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Fruitlands Museum

Our First Visit. We missed The museums by one week. They closed for the season. But there was a tour guide who took us on a 3 plus mile hike all around the grounds and through... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our First Visit. We missed The museums by one week. They closed for the season. But there was a tour guide who took us on a 3 plus mile hike all around the grounds and through the woods. It was very nice. After we could look at all the buildings from the outside and the statues they have. Definitely will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took friends here and all were impressed by the beauty of the grounds, the trails, and the various museums. The history is very well presented, and the staff that we met welcoming. I walked the lovely trails, but just be aware that there a lots of ticks and you should spray yourself and protect your dog. I found at... More 

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Rockport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure you visit on a day when you can see all the way to Mount Monadnock; the panorama of woods and mountains as far as southern New Hampshire is stunning. As you go down the hill you encounter five buildings: a meeting space, a Shaker office, an art gallery, a Native American collection, and the Fruitlands farmhouse. They show... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

We visited on a perfect fall day and spent several hours touring the art museum, Shaker house, Native American exhibit and finally the Farmhouse where Bronson Alcott lived briefly. At every stop from purchase of tickets in the gift shop to each of the exhibits, we were greeted warmly and treated to interesting commentary by knowledgeable docents. At the Farmhouse... More 

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Lexington, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

We spent more time at Fruitlands than we thought we would, because there was more there of interest than we expected from visiting their web site. The setting is of course outstanding, and will no doubt become even more so over the next few weeks (I'm writing this review in early October.) as the fall foliage reaches its peak in... More 

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Western New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

A friend and I enjoyed a lovely lunch at Fruitlands, in their indoor/outdoor area. Friendly service and good food!

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Gilwern, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Superbly beautiful setting. You definitely have to eat in the gorgeous marquee. It's not a huge menu but what is on offer is local produce and superb quality food with good service thrown in. The views are amazing. My only criticism as a Brit visiting USA is that they don't know how to serve tea - a pot of hot... More 

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Whitinsville, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Just went to Fruitlands Museum and I have to say this was not the same as when I was there back in the late 1990s. It appeared to be lacking in most of the buildings. The art exhibit consisted of hangings of photographs of some of the national parks located in Massachusetts. Overall this was a disappointing tour of buildings.... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

The museum setting includes over 200 beautiful acres with panoramic views of the Nashua River Valley as well as a number of walking trails. The museum itself is comprised of four exhibition buildings: 1. Fruitlands Farmhouse, where once lived Bronson Alcott and his family, including daughter Louisa May Alcott; 2.The Native American Gallery which houses Native American artifacts from across... More 

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Wolcott, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 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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