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Fruitlands Museum, Harvard

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Engage yourself in American history. Explore the connections between a 19th century utopian society, New England Shaker communities, Native American culture, 19th century Hudson River School landscapes and vernacular portraits, and discover a diverse array of flora and fauna hidden within our 210 historic acres. Enjoy a dynamic, truly New England landscape at Fruitlands Museum, a Trustees property.

We are currently in our Winter Season (November-March):

Winter Hours:

Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm

Monday-Friday Closed

Holiday Hours:

Friday, November 24th join us from 12-5pm for special "Green Friday" Open Hours

The Museum will be closed on Sunday, December 24th and Sunday, December 31st

Winter Admission

Members: Regular admission is always FREE!

Nonmembers:

Adults, seniors, students & children ages 5-13: $5.00

Children under age 5: FREE

During Winter Open Hours visit the Art Gallery, Wayside Gallery, Museum Store, and Grounds. All other Museum buildings are closed for the season and will re-open during the Main Season in Mid-April.
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  • Very little to see for the admission price. They now charge extra to tour the farmhouse and shaker gallery. Also,they seem to be pushing a PC agenda instead of just a historical museum. We used to... 
    Very little to see for the admission price. They now charge extra to tour the farmhouse and shaker gallery. Also,they seem to be pushing a PC agenda instead of just a historical museum. We used to...  more »
  • It's a beautiful spot, but there is very little here to see or to do. The thing that made it a positive experience for us was the tour where we visited two houses. The tour is NOT included in the... 
    It's a beautiful spot, but there is very little here to see or to do. The thing that made it a positive experience for us was the tour where we visited two houses. The tour is NOT included in the...  more »
  • I visited Fruitlands with family in April 2022, and also went to deCordova museum in Lincoln during the same week. I didn't know this ahead of time but they happened to be the two venues for the New.....  more
    I visited Fruitlands with family in April 2022, and also went to deCordova museum in Lincoln during the same week. I didn't know this ahead of time but they happened to be the two venues for the New.....  more »
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  • We had such a good time here today. The weather was perfect for walking the grounds, the staff were all friendly. We paid the extra $5 for the tour of the Shaker Museum and the Fruitlands Farmhouse, and it was totally worth it. Our guide for the tour, Amy, had so much knowledge to share. She was great!!
  • Very misleading name and disappointing experience. The 2 museums they have - an art museum and a Native American museum can NOT have the status of a museum. This is A BIG JOKE. The art museum has 3 rooms with a horrendous smell and about 5-6 contemporaty art objects. That is ALL. The Native American museum had 2 rooms with 3! paintings, 3! rugs, a few bowls and 1 boat. That is ALL. Look at my pictures. That is all you will see there. The rest of that land can be called a farm, but there are no animals or gardens. There are a few hiking trails, but to enter this so-called "museum" you need to pay at least $10 per person. I wouldn't pay it for hiking. I wouldn't pay for anything there. A misleading name, unclear purpose, strange concept, 4! people working... I really would like to understand the purpose of this place and why people would pay to go there. Add to this a location in the middle of nowhere and gas prices to get there. Worthless waste of time, money, anything you name it. Maybe views? I've seen much better views that do not require fees. The ONLY thing I liked there were 2 statues of Native Americans. They were very good, however not worth the trip or money they charge.
  • We had a guided tour, who explained about each and every exhibit. It was very interesting for the way if life of the community that lived there at the time. The gift shop area was nice, which also had an area to order food& non alcohol drinks. Tis is a great way to spend a family fun day.
  • Located on a hillside, the museum offers a mix of art and historical. Run by the Trustee's it's not like Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth NH, nor is it like Old Sturbridge village . Nice walking trails if you are in the area with great views of the area. Restrooms are on site. Not a place for small children.
  • We photographed out first wedding here and it was perfect! Fuitlands has the most beautiful rolling views with Wachusett mountain in the distance. The colors were beginning to pop, and they had beautiful greens for what felt like miles and miles. As we headed into the tent for dinner and dancing, the light was bright and warm with openings all around to see the views. Fruitlands is a beautiful place to see and I hope we come back for more weddings!

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