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Fruitlands Museum
metro-west Harvard, MA
210 acres

The grounds of Fruitlands Museum are open in a controlled manner to limit overcrowding. Reserved Time/Day Passes are required in advance. Buildings will remain closed until further notice.

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

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.

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

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

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