Fruitlands Museums

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102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA 01451 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed All Hours
+19784563924
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    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon-Fri
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | a year ago
An amazing setting with lovely views of mountains in MA and NH. Easy walking trails. Pleasant cafe. Activities for children to assist in understanding life more than 200 hundred years ago.
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Report | 2 years ago
Beautiful scenery. Small museums but interesting things. Lots of walking.
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We had a wonderful time at Fruitlands! The staff is very knowledgable, and is very happy to answer any question asked. It was very hot when we visited and everyone was concerned that we had enough to drink. We also loved the restaurant. The food was terrific, and we'd recommend it to anyone visiting Fruitlands.
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In 1843, Charles Lane and Amos Bronson Alcott—father to writer Louisa May Alcott—founded a utopian and transcendentalist community in the fields of Harvard. More than 70 years later, visionary Clara Endicott Sears was so moved by their experiment that she decided to establish a museum on the same site to preserve its history. Today, the Fruitlands Farmhouse stands as a testament to the original settlers’ ingenuity, which surfaced in their trailblazing thoughts on veganism, sustainable living, and harnessing moon beams to power home stereo equipment.

Clara has incorporated the Shakers’ original office into Fruitlands, where it now shows off Shaker artwork and artifacts, many of which were donated by the Shakers themselves. Since then, the museum has also collected a curated assortment of more than 1,000 Native American artifacts, as well as a longhouse, dugout canoe, and traditional garden.

The brains behind the museum are still innovating today, curating permanent additions such as an art gallery with Hudson River School Landscapes. In addition to organizing school field trips, the staff also hires experts to teach classes and workshops on sketching scenes from nature, painting watercolor landscapes, and constructing 3D sculptures.

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