Fruitlands Museum

Fruitlands Museum Discover Art, History and Nature at Fruitlands Engage yourself in American history. Explore the connections between a 19th century utopian society, New England Shaker communities, Native American culture, 19th century Hudson River School landscapes and vernacular portraits, and discover a diverse array of flora and fauna hidden within our 210 historic acres.
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Enjoy a dynamic, truly New England landscape at Fruitlands Museum, a Trustees property. We are currently in our Winter Season (November-March): Winter Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm Monday-Friday Closed Holiday Hours: Friday, November 24th join us from 12-5pm for special "Green Friday" Open Hours The Museum will be closed on Sunday, December 24th and Sunday, December 31st Winter Admission Members: Regular admission is always FREE! Nonmembers: Adults, seniors, students & children ages 5-13: $5.00 Children under age 5: FREE During Winter Open Hours visit the Art Gallery, Wayside Gallery, Museum Store, and Grounds. All other Museum buildings are closed for the season and will re-open during the Main Season in Mid-April.

Open with service changes

09/17/2020

We’re #LIVE with a special performance from Antje Duvekot!! It’s an incredible treat to bring amazing talent to the live stage for our sold out concert series. If you can’t join us in person, feel free to watch this livestream and support Antje with a virtual tip at VENMO: @Antje-Duvekot or by PayPal at [email protected]. For this and more programs at Fruitlands visit www.fruitlands.org . To join us as a member of The Trustees visit www.thetrustees.org/joinus

Today is the first day of Fruitlands Saturday Artisan Markets! Join us for the next 6 saturdays and safely shop artisana...
09/12/2020
Saturday Artisan Markets - The Trustees of Reservations

Today is the first day of Fruitlands Saturday Artisan Markets!

Join us for the next 6 saturdays and safely shop artisanal vendors throughout our large campus, stay for lunch at Fruitlands Museum Cafe, and visit our newly opened Exhibitions in three gallery spaces.

We hope to see you there! #artisan #crafts #market #fair #Massachusetts

In place of our annual Craft Festival, we are pleased to offer a series of Artisan Markets, included with your general admission ticket to Fruitlands Museum.

09/10/2020

We’re #LIVE with a special performance from Say Darling!! It’s an incredible treat to bring amazing talent to the live stage for our sold out concert series. If you can’t join us in person, feel free to watch this livestream and support Say Darling with a virtual tip at VENMO: @celia-woods-smith . For this and more programs at Fruitlands visit www.fruitlands.org . To join us as a member of The Trustees visit www.thetrustees.org/joinus

In a pandemic-friendly re-imagining of the Fruitlands Annual Craft Festival, we are thrilled to announce Saturday Artisa...
09/10/2020

In a pandemic-friendly re-imagining of the Fruitlands Annual Craft Festival, we are thrilled to announce Saturday Artisan Markets starting this Saturday, September 12th and running for 6 weeks this fall.

Included with Museum Admission, find vendors spread throughout the Fruitlands Campus, offering safe, socially distant opportunities to shop high quality handmade local crafts. Jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, fiber arts, photography, mixed media, and much more!

Artisan Market access is included in your Museum admission. Please note, that for safety during this time, all admission access to the site is through advanced online ticketing. Be sure to book your admimssion pass prior to your visit.

Full vendor listing available at www.thetrustees.org/fruitlandsmarket

Thank you MetroWest Daily News for this wonderful article on the newly opened exhibition "Recruiting for Utopia: Print a...
09/08/2020
Imagining a more perfect world

Thank you MetroWest Daily News for this wonderful article on the newly opened exhibition "Recruiting for Utopia: Print and the Imagination," on view now in the Fruitlands Museum Art Gallery and Wayside Gallery, and "Speaking of the Future: Utopia Press" by Artist-in-Residence, Jane D. Marsching!

To learn more about visiting the Museum Grounds and Galleries, visit www.thetrustees.org/passes

HARVARD - Nestled in the woods of Harvard is a message waiting to be discovered: “Hope is the watchword now.” These words of Bronson Alcott

09/06/2020

“Allow new patterns to form, let the birds instruct us”

“Speaking of the Future: Utopia Press” continues to grow with this new banner by Jane D. Marsching featuring words crafted in community in this very spot along the yellow trail.

Sound on to tune in to the messages of the birds 🐦 🎶

Fruitlands Museum's cover photo
09/05/2020

Fruitlands Museum's cover photo

Art is back! Day one of our member preview days is in the books and art has officially returned to Fruitlands Museum’s g...
09/05/2020

Art is back! Day one of our member preview days is in the books and art has officially returned to Fruitlands Museum’s galleries. Some sneak peek pics below.

The last several months have been an incredible challenge for us all, but art at its best is a salve for the heart, an escape from anxiety, and food for the soul.

Come and join us as we open the Art Gallery, Wayside Gallery, and Native American Gallery to the public beginning next Thursday!

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The summer may be fading, but the Fruitlands sunset view returns in spectacular fashion every evening. There are still s...
09/03/2020

The summer may be fading, but the Fruitlands sunset view returns in spectacular fashion every evening. There are still some passes for a family picnic Sunset tomorrow and great weather on tap. Join us! www.thetrustees.org/content/passes/#fruitlands

08/27/2020

We’re #Live with the one and only Vance Gilbert for our first concert of the year! Show Vance some love with a top to his Venmo or PayPal under username VanceVanceVance.

To learn more about future concerts this season at Fruitlands, visit www.thetrustees.org/fruitlands

Our first annual Trustees Online Book Sale is here! Choose from our rich selection of historical non-fiction, novels, gu...
08/27/2020
Home - The Trustees of Reservations

Our first annual Trustees Online Book Sale is here! Choose from our rich selection of historical non-fiction, novels, guidebooks, art books, children’s books and more – all 15% off! Shop directly from The Fruitlands Museum book collection online: thetrustees.org/booksale

We’re here to protect and share the Massachusetts places people love for their exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value. For their trails, their history, their gardens, their beaches. For the simple reason that nature and culture can soothe the soul and improve our lives.

Happy National Dog Day to our four-legged visitors! Whether it is hiking the trails or hanging in the grass, dogs love F...
08/27/2020

Happy National Dog Day to our four-legged visitors!

Whether it is hiking the trails or hanging in the grass, dogs love Fruitlands and we love having them. Grab your parking pass, hiking shoes, pup, and leash, and come on out for a visit to the grounds. 🐕 💚

www.thetrustees.org/passes @ Fruitlands Museum

☀️ 🍃 Slow Down. Awaken your senses. Bear witness to yourself and all beings. Tomorrow morning, join certified forest the...
08/21/2020

☀️ 🍃 Slow Down. Awaken your senses. Bear witness to yourself and all beings.

Tomorrow morning, join certified forest therapist, Nadine Mazzola, for “Nature Immersion,” a Forest Bathing program, taking in the forest atmosphere on the trails at Fruitlands Museum.

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world.

On your walk, a certified guide will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land at Fruitlands. There’s no right or wrong way to do it; just come and be yourself. It’s all welcome in the forest.

Space is limited and only a few spaces left. Learn more and register online today!

https://thetrustees.org/event/nature-immersion-forest-bathing-with-nadine-mazzola/

Coming up on Thursday, August 27th! Live music returns to the Fruitlands hillside with Vance Gilbert. Due to restriction...
08/18/2020
Summer Concert: Vance Gilbert - The Trustees of Reservations

Coming up on Thursday, August 27th! Live music returns to the Fruitlands hillside with Vance Gilbert. Due to restrictions on group gatherings, tickets are very limited. Book now while space lasts and enjoy a safe social distance evening of music picnicking at sunset at Fruitlands Museum.

Live music is back! And we are thrilled to be able to present this concert on Thursday, August 27th with Vance Gilbert. Picnic on the lawn and listen to live music performed on Fruitlands’ outdoor stage. With ten critically acclaimed albums, Vance Gilbert continues to refine his unlikely union of ...

Headed to the Fruitlands Fairy Forest? Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and pick up your fairy wands, activity bag,...
08/15/2020

Headed to the Fruitlands Fairy Forest? Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and pick up your fairy wands, activity bag, and even matching fairy mask for safety. Want to place your order in advance? Visit https://shopthetrustees.org/collections/fruitlands to shop these handmade gifts and more!

#fridayvibes
08/14/2020

#fridayvibes

We love when our visitors share their photography with us! These incredible shots by Robin Right were taken during our S...
08/13/2020

We love when our visitors share their photography with us! These incredible shots by Robin Right were taken during our Sunset Picnic Hours earlier this month.

Grab a parking pass online and join us for a sunset picnics on select evenings at Fruitlands Museum. We have just recently added a last minute tickets for tomorrow night too and hope to see you there! Book now while space lasts.

www.thetrustees.org/passes @ Fruitlands Museum

08/12/2020
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Good news sunset lovers, we've added a last minute opportunity to come for an unparalleled sunset picnic at Fruitlands Museum this Friday, August 14!

You can purchase a delicious and contactless picnic package from Fruitlands Museum Cafe via the Toast app and come have a romantic date night or safely spread out with the whole family on our 215 acre campus.

Space is limited and this event regularly sells out so get your ticket today!

Here is a sneak peek of work Maria Molteni is doing on a site-specific performance video to take place in our 1790s Shak...
08/10/2020

Here is a sneak peek of work Maria Molteni is doing on a site-specific performance video to take place in our 1790s Shaker Office. Note the replica of Mother Ann Lee’s chair; we hold the original chair in our permanent collection as well.

Join Maria, curator Shana Dumont Garr, and Lisa Crossman, former Curator of Fitchburg Art Museum, in a virtual discussion in collaboration with @fitchburgartmuseum this Wednesday at 2PM.

We will explore intersections between Shaker and Spiritualist history in the United States. Using the stereoscope as a metaphor, Molteni will speak about her art in the current exhibition After Spiritualism at the Fitchburg Art Museum, and from a 2020 Artist-in-Residence at Fruitlands Museum.

This conversation marks the collaboration between FAM, Fruitlands Museum, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Together these three institutions have organized exhibitions around themes of utopian, spirituality, and visionary practices, past and present.

This virtual program, presented in partnership by Fruitlands Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum, will be held on zoom. Follow the link below to register online and receive the zoom link to this free webinar.

https://thetrustees.org/event/double-vision-intersections-of-shaker-and-spiritualist-history-in-art-webinar/

When Louisa May Alcott was ten years old and living at Fruitlands in 1843, she and her sisters played fairies in the nea...
08/07/2020

When Louisa May Alcott was ten years old and living at Fruitlands in 1843, she and her sisters played fairies in the nearby wood. Today, the Fruitlands Fairy Forest is coming to life with wonderful enchanted creations like this one: gifts from our guests to the fairies and gnomes of the Forest. Book your Fairy Forest pass today and join us this weekend or next.

Registration includes your parking pass for the day as well as digital access to a full activity kit of DIY programs for fairy house making, fairy wand making, story time, and more! 🧚‍♂️💚

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A big thank you to The Boston Globe for highlighting Fruitlands Museum and The Old Manse in this great highlight of area...
08/04/2020
It’s what’s outside that counts: At many house museums, gardens are the draw this summer - The Boston Globe

A big thank you to The Boston Globe for highlighting Fruitlands Museum and The Old Manse in this great highlight of area historic house museums and the outdoors!

For more information or to purchase tickets for an upcoming concert, sunset, or walk on the trails, visit www.fruitlands.org

With interiors closed, staff at museums with cozy antique buildings are shifting the focus to gardens and grounds.

Had such a great time taking in the nighttime world with this great group on last night's Night and Moonlight Transcende...
08/04/2020

Had such a great time taking in the nighttime world with this great group on last night's Night and Moonlight Transcendental Night Hike. Thank you to all who attended!

More chances for guided evening and nighttime hikes are coming up soon with another Night and Moonlight: a Transcendental Night Hike on September 2nd and a new series Hike to Happy Hour launching on August 19th! Register today and join us on the trails.

It’s a beautiful day for plein air painting with pastels! 🎨⛰🌿#enpleinair #pastels #workshop #joellefeldman #inpersonprog...
07/25/2020

It’s a beautiful day for plein air painting with pastels! 🎨⛰🌿

#enpleinair #pastels #workshop #joellefeldman #inpersonprograms #backinaction #mountainviews #takinginthelandscape #soldoutclass

The evolution of a sunset on a stormy evening | 7.23.20 at Fruitlands Museum @ Fruitlands Museum
07/24/2020

The evolution of a sunset on a stormy evening | 7.23.20 at Fruitlands Museum @ Fruitlands Museum

07/24/2020

Could it be more beautiful? Find out tomorrow night at another Fruitlands Museum Sunset Picnic Hours, every Thursday and Friday! www.thetrustees.org/passes

“We are dreaming of a time when the land might give thanks for the people,” a quote by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Botanist and...
07/22/2020

“We are dreaming of a time when the land might give thanks for the people,” a quote by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Botanist and Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. An enrolled member of the Citizen Nation of Potawatomi, this banner brings an Indigenous voice directly to our conserved woodlands. This is part of a series from Speaking of the Future: Utopia Press by AiR Jane Marsching, @studiojane. Come see it on our yellow trail, with other banners with new quotes added regularly through this season!

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New on the orange trail! Come discover the “Hope Quest” and search for hopeful messages on brightly colored painted rock...
07/18/2020

New on the orange trail!

Come discover the “Hope Quest” and search for hopeful messages on brightly colored painted rocks placed along the trail. Help us grow the Hope Quest and bring your own painted rock to contribute 💛

Remember to reserve your parking pass before your visit @ Fruitlands Museum

07/16/2020
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Throwback Thursday, in case you missed it, check out this virtual studio tour from April with Artist in Residence, Sue McNally.

Sue will be joining Fruitlands Curator, Shana Dumont Garr next Wednesday, July 22nd at 2pm for Artist Curator Conversations: Painting to Connect with the Land. Register online today and join us virtually on zoom as they discuss Sue’s years of road tripping across the United States to paint rural and remote places in every state.

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In this #TourTuesday, one of Fruitlands Museum's Artists in Residence for 2020, Sue McNally, offers a behind the scenes look at her upcoming exhibition "Ascutney Revisited." We can't wait to share her work with you in the Art Gallery later this year.

Stay tuned for more studio visits and gallery tours in the coming weeks and let us know if you have any questions or tour requests!

A stunning view from this evening’s Sunset Drum Circle. Though it looks a little different this year with social distanc...
07/16/2020

A stunning view from this evening’s Sunset Drum Circle.

Though it looks a little different this year with social distancing, it is wonderful to have in-person programming back! Many thanks Monique and Stephen of SoulWorks Rhythm and this great group who came to drum in community this evening 💕

There are more evening access opportunities on the horizon this week. Grab your parking pass online and join us in person tomorrow evening as we add Thursday’s to our Sunset Picnic Hours 🌄 Friday is sold out so jump on these tickets while they last! @ Fruitlands Museum

We are so excited for our first in-person Sunset Drum Circles of the season tomorrow evening. Of course, things will loo...
07/14/2020

We are so excited for our first in-person Sunset Drum Circles of the season tomorrow evening. Of course, things will look a little different this year than they did when this photo was taken in August of 2019. We will all be wearing masks, and while the group size is more limited than in past years to ensure proper social distancing, we do have a few spots still available. Register online today and see you tomorrow!

http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/metro-west/event-53375.html

Great day for an ice cream sandwich with a view! Reserve your gate pass today to come hike and picnic at Fruitlands and ...
07/11/2020

Great day for an ice cream sandwich with a view! Reserve your gate pass today to come hike and picnic at Fruitlands and then grab one of these delicious treats from the @fruitlandscafe

We are thrilled to share this sneak preview of a Decolonized Map of Massachusetts by Elizabeth James-Perry, who is an en...
07/09/2020

We are thrilled to share this sneak preview of a Decolonized Map of Massachusetts by Elizabeth James-Perry, who is an enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head-Aquinnah. She created the map as a watercolor painting, with the form of a bear overlaid, with a focus on riverways rather than borders. This work of art is a stunning visual expression that shifts the museum’s approach to mapping land and centers on an indigenous perspective.

In the artist’s words, “The intentionality from my native artist’s perspective is to think about the sound of native languages, community life, the flow of native people back and forth across our homeland, visiting, trading, working, playing ball games, hiking, making artwork, etc. it’s a bit less didactic and cold that way. A native way of relating to place.”

Look for the full map on our grounds in the coming months!

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102 Prospect Hill Rd
Harvard, MA
01451

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Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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Engage yourself in American history. Explore the connections between a 19th century utopian society, New England Shaker communities, Native American culture, 19th century Hudson River School landscapes and vernacular portraits, and discover a diverse array of flora and fauna hidden within our 210 historic acres. Enjoy a dynamic, truly New England landscape at Fruitlands Museum, a Trustees property.

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Coronavirus Update: Fruitlands Museum is currently closed until further notice

MAIN SEASON TBD – November 8, 2020


  • 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
  • WINTER SEASON November -March


  • 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.

    ADMISSION

    Regular admission is always FREE for Trustees members!

    MAIN SEASON


  • Adults: $15

  • Seniors (65+) and Students with valid student ID: $12

  • Children 5-13: $6, under age 5: FREE

  • Trails/Grounds Only: Adults $6, Children $3
  • WINTER SEASON


  • Adults, seniors, students, & children: $5

  • Children under age 5: FREE
  • Learn more at www.thetrustees.org/fruitlands

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    Gorgeous afternoon hike at Fruitlands, thanks The Trustees
    When is this coming to Fruitlands?: "In July 2019 Doug Aitken will present NEW HORIZON, a multifaceted art event that challenges the notion of art in the 21st-century. The project is composed of a series of live events across the state of Massachusetts, centered around a stunning reflective hot air balloon and gondola."
    We love to visit in August when the wildflowers are in bloom in the field and in the fall when the foliage is at peak. I thought I'd share a painting I did not too long ago of the field in August, done using one of my photos as reference.
    Concert on for tonight??
    fyi, your main phone number is out of service
    Bronson Alcott practiced a plant-based diet and ethical lifestyle when he founded the Fruitlands community where the museum and cafe are now located. In honor of this heritage, shouldn't the Cafe menu be plant-based?
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    Just found this in an old family scrapbook dated July 1955 in the bottom right corner
    Is Fruitlands open today, November 10?
    Nice article in the Lowell Sun
    How can I comes a vendor ? Thank you
    Nice comprehensive article on Fruitlands Museum