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Fruitlands Museum

Harvard

210 acres

Scott Erb

Explore a bygone Transcendentalist community, whose pastoral landscape houses wide-ranging collections of art and artifacts.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

In 1843, Amos Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane turned a swath of Harvard farmland into a Transcendentalist experiment in subsistence farming and Emersonian self-reliance, named Fruitlands, which ultimately disbanded after only seven months. In 1914, Clara Endicott Sears opened the grounds to the public, establishing a museum in the property’s 1820s farmhouse. Now, the 210-acre landscape encompasses five collections first established by Sears: the original Fruitlands Farmhouse; the Shaker Museum, the first such museum in the country; the Native American Museum, celebrating the history of indigenous peoples; the Art Museum, with a variety of rotating exhibits, contemporary art, and showcasing a combined collection of more than 300 Hudson River School landscape paintings and 19th-century vernacular portraits; and the Wayside Visitor Center, a classroom, education, and exhibition space.

Advance tickets are required for Fruitlands Museum; please click here to reserve them.

Ideas for Your Visit

Enjoy the exhibits, hike the grounds, or attend events like the summer concert series or the annual craft festival in fall.

Admission & Hours

Regular admission is always FREE for Trustees Members!

2020 SEASON

Beginning September 9

  • Wednesdays: Grounds and Café Only
    Member: FREE
    Nonmember: $10 per car parking pass
  • Thursday-Sunday
    Member: FREE
    Nonmember Adult: $12
    Nonmember Child (Ages 5-12) $6
    Under 5: FREE
    Nonmember Senior/Student: $10

Group Rates
Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more individuals.
Please contact the education department to make arrangements for your visit.

Adults – $12/person
Seniors and College Students – $10/person
Student Groups – $8/each

Please note that group rates cannot be combined with any other discount offers (library passes, free member admission, etc.)

Teachers are always FREE!

HOURS

2020 SEASON

Beginning September 9

  • Monday and Tuesday CLOSED
    Wednesday Grounds Only 11AM-4PM, Café Open 11AM-2:30PM
  • Thursday-Sunday Art Gallery, Native American Gallery, Wayside Gallery and Pop-Up Shop, and Grounds 11AM-4PM, Café Open 11AM-2:30PM

WINTER SEASON
November 9, 2020 – March 21, 2021

  • Saturday and Sunday: 12Noon – 5PM
  • Monday – Friday: Closed

During winter open hours visit the Art Gallery, Wayside Gallery, Museum Store, and museum grounds. All other museum buildings and the Café are closed and re-open during the main season.

Directions

Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451
Phone: 978.456.3924

Get directions on Google Maps.

Fruitlands Museum is located in eastern Massachusetts about 45 minutes west of Boston off of Route 2. The Museum has a spectacular view to the west of Mount Wachusett and, on a clear day, to Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire. The view west overlooks the Oxbow Wildlife Refuge and the Nashua River Valley.

Explore our museum collections and historic buildings as well as 210 acres of woodlands and meadows. Our site offers a great location for weddings, corporate events and family outings.

FROM THE EAST
Take Route 2 west to exit 38A. Head south on Route 110 and take your first right onto Old Shirley Road. The Museum is about two miles ahead on the right.

FROM THE WEST
Take Route 2 east to exit 38A. Head south on Route 110 and take your first right onto Old Shirley Road. The Museum is about two miles ahead on the right.

FROM THE NORTH
Take 495 South to Route 2 west to exit 38A. Head south on Route 110 and take your first right onto Old Shirley Road. The Museum is about two miles ahead on the right.

FROM THE SOUTH
Take 495 north to Route 2 west to exit 38A. Head south on Route 110 and take your first right onto Old Shirley Road. The Museum is about two miles on the right.

Venue Rental

For more information about hosting your wedding or private event at Fruitlands Museum, please visit our website.

 

Property Map

Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times
  • Disturbing, removing, defacing, cutting or otherwise causing damage to vegetation or any natural feature, sign, poster, barrier, building, or
  • All fires are prohibited
  • Camping is prohibited.
  • Hunting and firearms are prohibited.
  • Mountain biking is prohibited.
  • The reservation is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Please read our photo and video policy.

 

Before Setting Out
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Advance Passes

The grounds of Fruitlands Museum are currently open in a controlled manner to limit overcrowding. Advance passes are required.
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History

In 1843, Amos Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane turned a swath of Harvard farmland into a Transcendentalist experiment in subsistence farming and Emersonian self-reliance, named “Fruitlands,” which ultimately disbanded after only seven months. In 1914, Clara Endicott Sears opened the grounds to the public, establishing a museum in the property’s 1820s farmhouse.

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This place is a hidden gem, between the views and the food!

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