The museum explores the Hudson River School paintings, Shakers & transcendentalists who once occupied the area with exhibits and artifacts
What You'll Get
- Admission for Two
- Admission for Four
Admission includes access to the museum, as well as the surrounding trails and grounds. The museum is open every weekday, except for Tuesday, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Fine Print
About Fruitlands Museum
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 yearly Artist in Residence exhibit.