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Review of Fruitlands Museum

Fruitlands Museum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Harvard
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 23, 2013

If you are a fan of any of the Concord-based literary giants of the nineteenth century, then you know that a group of them went to live together in a commune (!) called Fruitlands. I believe Louisa May Alcott, who came here as a child, referred to it as "Apple Slump". Although the experiment only lasted nine months, it had a big impact on the American perspective. Don't miss this gem of a property, now a series of museums and trails.

View the house where they lived and explore the other museum buildings which include Transcendentalist artifacts, Native American arts, and other collections.

The views here are absolutely lovely and there are delightful walking trails for short hikes or longer jaunts. There is an attractive gift shop. Many also enjoy the elegant meals served indoors and also in the screened outdoor area. Bring the family and make a day of it! I also like the nearby Oxbow sanctuary and its enormous beaver dams.

Thank nativeplantster
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Named for the short-lived utopian community founded by Bronson Alcott, Fruitlands consists of 4 museums: the Alcott farmhouse, a Shaker building & small display from the nearby Harvard Shaker village (not open the public), a Native American museum, & an art gallery. Each building is staffed with a docent with fascinating info to impart. The cafe is now run by Gibbet Hill: good food served in a venue with a spectacular view. Great gift shop where one buys entry tickets with a limited ticket for hiking only on the grounds.

Thank MFKMassachusetts
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

The small house sized museums are well done and the interpreters are well informed and helpful. The woodsy walk is easy and fun with lots of contemporary art works scattered along the way. And the house and gardens are a delight for any age to explore. Good food in the restaurant and the view is fabulous.

Thank petervonmertens
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

The Fruitlands Museum is a beautiful place overlooking the Wahchusett Valley. Time seems to stop here while you enjoy the museums, nature and art placed throughout the property. The restaurant is also very good for lunch. My husband and I were also married here September 2011 and really loved the venue.

Thank mleechap
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Wish they also had the people dressed up in the olden days and acting out their parts like at sturbridge village, but still pretty cool to check out for 2 - 3 hours!

Thank Cassie H
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