Fruitlands Museum
Harvard, MA
210 acres
Bird Watching Dog Walking Walking/Hiking (Easy) Picnicking Restroom Visitor Center Historic House or Structure Private Function Rentals

About Fruitlands Museum

Fruitlands Museum is home to five collections on 210 majestic acres of meadows and woods. When you visit Fruitlands Museum you can go on a hike and commune with nature, learn about the lives of the Transcendentalists and Shakers, sit in the Art Museum among Native American or Hudson River School treasures, or be inspired by contemporary exhibits and outdoor sculpture. Fruitlands is a unique gathering place that builds connections between nature, people and culture by offering engaging programs and exhibits.

Please visit the Fruitlands Museum website for more information and to plan your visit >>

Regulations & Advisories

Please visit the Fruitlands Museum website for more information about the museum and to plan your visit. fruitlands.org

The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.

Directions

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

Latitude: 42.508165
Longitude: -71.610308

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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.

Admission

Hours

MAIN SEASON
April 14, 2018 – November 4, 2018

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: 10AM - 4PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10AM - 5PM
  • Holiday Mondays (Including Memorial Day and Labor Day) follow weekend hours: 10AM - 5PM
  • Closed Tuesdays
On Monday, July 2, 2018 the Museum will be closing early at 2PM in preparation for the Town of Harvard 4th of July Fireworks event that evening.

WINTER SEASON
November 11, 2017 – March 25, 2018

  • 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 will re-open during the main season.

Please note: Fruitlands Museum will be closed from March 26 - April 13 as we prepare new exhibits for our main season.

Admission

Regular admission is always FREE for Trustees members!

MAIN SEASON

  • Adults: $15.00
  • Seniors (65+) and Students with valid student ID: $12.00
  • Children 5-13: $6.00, under age 5: FREE
  • Trails/Grounds Only: Adults $6.00, Children $3.00

WINTER SEASON

  • Adults, seniors, students, & children: $5.00
  • Children under age 5: FREE



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!

Property History

Fruitlands Museum, founded in 1914 by Clara Endicott Sears, takes its name from an experimental utopian community led by Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane which took place on this site in 1843.

Fruitlands Museum joined The Trustees family in 2016.

Please visit the Fruitlands Museum website for more information and to plan your visit >>

Archival Collections
Archival material related to Fruitlands Museum is available to researchers at the Archives & Research Center in Sharon, Massachusetts.

Clara Endicott Sears Collection, 1729-1977 (20.5 linear feet)

The Clara Endicott Sears Collection relates to the life and career of Clara Endicott Sears (1863-1960), author, early preservationist, and founder of the Fruitlands Museum.  In 1910, she purchased land to build her summer estate called the Pergolas in Harvard, Massachusetts.  Three years later, Sears bought the parcel adjacent to her new mansion, and discovered that the rundown house there was once part of the Transcendentalist community called Fruitlands -- founded by Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane. Sears restored the farm house, and began to assemble a personal collection of buildings and artifacts to share with the public a year later. Over the years, Sears added Shaker, Native American, and Hudson River materials to her museum collection. A noted author, Sears wrote many books about the Fruitlands collections, as well as inspirational books and fiction. 

Clara Endicott Sears was actively involved in the management of the museum until her death in 1960. 

Collection materials include: correspondence, family papers, printed materials, publications, photographs, diaries and scrapbooks. The bulk of the collection spans 1918-1950. 

The Archives & Research Center welcomes donations of documents, manuscripts, records, photographs, maps and memorabilia that pertain to a particular property. Please contact us at 781.784.8200 or arc@thetrustees.org.

Planning Your Visit

Fruitlands Museum is home to five collections on 210 majestic acres of meadows and woods. When you visit Fruitlands Museum you can go on a hike and commune with nature, learn about the lives of the Transcendentalists and Shakers, sit in the Art Museum among Native American or Hudson River School treasures, or be inspired by contemporary exhibits and outdoor sculpture. Fruitlands is a unique gathering place that builds connections between nature, people and culture by offering engaging programs and exhibits.

Please visit the Fruitlands Museum website for more information and to plan your visit >>

Accessibility

The Museum Café, Museum Store/Admissions, Wayside Visitor Center and Art Museum are fully handicap accessible. The Shaker Museum, Native American Museum and Fruitlands Farmhouse are antique buildings and therefore are not handicap accessible.

A staff member is available to drive patrons with lower mobility around the property in our John Deere Gator.

Fruitlands Museum is an outdoor site. You may want to wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat. The Art Museum, Wayside Visitor Center, Fruitlands Museum Café and Museum Store are air-conditioned. LATE SEASON ADVICE: The historic buildings do not have climate control, therefore, visitors are advised to dress appropriately.

Tell Us What You Think

We’d love to hear about your visit! Here are three easy ways to let us know what you think:

  1. Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.

  2. Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.

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