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Fruitlands Museum

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Was a wedding guest at Fruitlands

I am an event planner, and it's rare that I can relax and simply enjoy an event I am NOT planning... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Terrific spot, charming, historical, beautiful country

We are Trustees members and realized we'd never visited here, so on a gorgeous summer day we came... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2018
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
102 Prospect Hill Rd, Harvard, MA 01451-1348
+1 978-456-3924
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

I am an event planner, and it's rare that I can relax and simply enjoy an event I am NOT planning. I am always back seat driving and making mental improvements in my mind, even when I'm not in charge. No need at Fruitlands -...More

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Reviewed August 1, 2018

We are Trustees members and realized we'd never visited here, so on a gorgeous summer day we came and we will come again as we were so amazed at what a wonderful place this is! Bronson Alcott (father of Louisa May of LITTLE WOMEN fame)...More

Thank lexmiller
Reviewed July 12, 2018

Three good things about this place: We learned something about the Transcendentalists, Louisa May Alcott, and a local Shaker community. Louisa May's father, Bronson, brought his family there in the mid 1840's and tried to establish a Transcendentalist commune. Although his effort was short lived,...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

There is a lot of great history and nature to see at Fruitlands! The guides are eager to share information, though I would suggest further training to improve their interpretation. The Alcott farm site was particularly interesting. The art gallery, though somewhat small, holds incredible...More

Thank Abby P
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Fruit lands Museum is a lovely place to visit for the history, scenery and nature. Wonderful museums and nice hiking trails. Bring the bug spray if you are hiking. Just off Route 2 in Harvard, MA. Great for families. Cafe inviting and gift shop unique.

Thank mandmhill
Reviewed May 24, 2018

The family spent the afternoon here recently, and there was a little something for everyone. History, especially the history of Louisa May Alcott, the Transcendentalists, and Shakers is well-explained and fascinating. The house where the Alcott family lived is still standing and open to the...More

Thank Ellen C
Reviewed May 17, 2018

Beautiful location. Wonderful mix for those interested in architecture, art, literature & history. Not overwhelming as some museums can be. Very good food in their cafe.

Thank Brad C
Reviewed February 27, 2018

Autumn in New England.... Something really special, especially if you combine the splendid scenery and the evident long reach history. One of the small museums will introduce to you the culture of Native Americans; the knowledgeable guides are ready to answer any question. Walking in...More

Thank gayanenovikova
Reviewed December 21, 2017

Historical location where many of America's early best know writers lived; Houses hudson river paintings as well as historical buildings on a lovely campus; Did a Winter Solstice candle light hike tonight with readings from a book written about the Museum at 4 different stops...More

Thank LJK0308
Reviewed October 20, 2017

Fruitlands is a unique spot where Utopian ideas of Bronson Alcott and the Transcendentalists are combined with splendid landscapes, important documents of early native Americans, and the religious views of an early Shaker community. The humble farm house helps us to appreciate how difficult the...More

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Steve L
November 6, 2016|
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Response from ASawicki | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately no, the winter hours begin Nov 12, 2016 to Mar 26, 2017 on Saturday and Sundays only. The regular hours run Apr 15 to Nov 6, 2016 Mon - Fri.