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“Tons of History”
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 September 30, 2013

I had no idea how sprawling this "museum" was! My friend and I stopped for a craft fair and they were offering free admission to the museum so we decided to explore, and we were pleasantly surprised. The grounds house an array of interesting statues, a museum, a Native American Museum, a Shaker museum, and Louisa May Alcott's home while her family ran a commune on the property years ago. Lots and lots of history. All sorts of antiques and authentic rooms. It was a great learning experience. Be warned that the climb back up is steep - there is even a ride that goes up and down the hill to help travelers that can't make it back up. There are several trails that take you to all sorts of places; the longest is 30 minutes so nothing too strenuous. Plenty of parking, and there's a cafe and gift shop. I thought the prices were a bit steep so I didn't purchase anything. I loved the history of the land and just how much went on with so many famous names of the time on that very spot. Definitely a great place for history buffs!

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

My husband and I visited Fruitlands today and had a lovely lunch, followed by a visit to the Alcott house and a walk in the woods. The weather was perfect, and so was our afternoon!

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This hilly property offers great views and the opportunity to learn about three or more different "cultures" in one place while getting in a nice little hike. Additional hiking trails are available for those wanting to make a day of it. The guides stationed at each house were very knowledgeable and happy to give us personal attention. We really enjoyed our lunch in the cafe as well. The outdoor tent was very classy and there are no gimmicks or activities geared toward children.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Nice place for a lunch with a great view. The various buildings have a nice variety of art work, Native American and the Alcott House.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Recently went to Fruitlands Museum (convenient to Rte. 2 outside of Boston). Too bad for us-- It was a very warm day, so we didn't have a lot of energy. The history of the museum is interesting (assembled by one woman in the early 1930s) and there are 4 mini-museums on the site- for art, the shaker community that was there, Native Americans from the area, and the community founded by louisa may alcott's father. the docents are very helpful. there are also trails, which we were too warm to take. They do have a golf cart that will take you to the different sites and up and down the hill there. We had brunch on the outdoor shaded terrace overlooking the hills and that was delicious and enjoyable.

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