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Fruitlands Museum, Harvard

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Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, is a museum about multiple visions of America on the site of the short-lived utopian community, Fruitlands. The museum includes the Fruitlands farmhouse (a National Historic Landmark), a museum about Shaker life, an art gallery with 19th-century landscape paintings, vernacular American portraits, and other changing exhibitions, and a museum of Native American history.


Visitors can tour the farmhouse, which has been restored to appear as it did during the 1840s, and exhibits about Transcendentalism and the Alcott family. Fruitlands offers a diverse schedule of contemporary exhibits, lectures, outdoor concerts and easy walking trails. There is also a museum store and restaurant. The properties are overseen by The Trustees of Reservations.
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  • It was one of those days that we headed out to explore! We had heard of Fruitlands Museum, but knew nothing about it. It was a wonderful experience full of interesting information. The staff were.....  more »
  • We waited twenty minutes to be seated and another forty minutes to get served, after which our afternoon visit to this excellent museum (in scenic surroundings) was sadly curtailed. There was also...  more »
  • This rather obscure site established by Endicott Sears, an eccentric , wealthy woman from the turn-of-the-Century era, who collected buildings and objects from Native Americans, Shakers, and Hudson...  more »
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  • What a beautiful view this place has. Sitting outside and being able to see the mountains...you just can’t beat the view, which is really the main reason to go here. Their menu is very limited. While they offer some unique dishes for breakfast, I’m surprised they don’t offer at least one generic staple (like an all-American breakfast, as they have all of the items for one) or waffles or pancakes (even crepes if they wanted to stay in the more unique lane). I would’ve given 5 stars if the menu was just a bit more versatile. However, my avocado toast was great. Fresh sourdough toast and delicious bacon.
  • Nice way to spend summer afternoon. The collections include many historical artifacts from different periods. The local guides filled in the background detail on the collection not included in the signage. The only downside is the big hill. Since it was a free Friday parking was at the top only. They did have one golf cart to help folks from the bottom of the Hill back to the top. However I did not take the ride (of shame) as the capacity was very limited.
  • Got married here last October. Despite the surprise northeaster with tons of rain and wind, it was an absolutely flawless evening. Tim, the wedding coordinator, was attentive, responsive, and handled everything perfectly. It was magical how we went from an outside plan to a gorgeous inside tented ceremony. The staff were absolutely wonderful and I never waited or wanted for anything. Completely stress free and beautiful. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone.
  • Fruitlands is a truly majestic spot for nature and art lovers. Several wonderful trails laid out for hikers, each just under a mile. The two art gallery's include well known artists including native American art. The outside bronze Indian sculptures are exquisite. So much to see!
  • The museum was great, as were the building historians and the view of course. Lunch was another story. The food was bland and the service was slow. The menu states that sandwiches are served with fries or a side salad. I chose the soup and half sandwich option, that was in the same section on the menu and cost the same but was told fries or salad didn't come with my meal. I was told I could get the salad for a couple dollars extra but was charged 4 dollars extra.
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