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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. 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.

Cloud cover and rain predictions continue to postpone our Monday Sunset Livestream and this week we are postponing our l...
05/18/2020

Cloud cover and rain predictions continue to postpone our Monday Sunset Livestream and this week we are postponing our livestream to Wednesday, May 20th. See you then!

05/18/2020
Monday Morning Meditation: Presence

Welcome to this week's Monday Morning Meditation. We invite you start your week (or tune in later) with a moment of peace, calm, and reflection.

This week's theme is "Presence."

Pre-Viewing Prompt:
“Is it possible to make a living by simply watching light? Monet did. Vermeer did…..They painted light to witness the dance between revelation and concealment, exposure and darkness….. these acts of attention are not merely the pastimes of artists, but daily work...[Imagine] becoming a caretaker of silence, a connoisseur of stillness, a listener of wind where each dialect is not only heard but understood.”
-Terry Tempest Williams

Presence brings all one’s senses into a calm and heightened alertness. Nature beckons your presence and rewards with nourishing refreshment. With a slow deep breath inhale the calm stillness of presence and exhale refreshment.

Post-Viewing Reflection:
“Winds are advertisements of all they touch, however much or little we may be able to read them; telling their wanderings even by their scents alone.” -John Muir

Inhale calming stillness…., Exhale presence…

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. Tune in again next week for a new video and prompt

We celebrate our canine friends for National Pet Month! Hopefully they don’t judge us for the funny nicknames we give th...
05/17/2020

We celebrate our canine friends for National Pet Month! Hopefully they don’t judge us for the funny nicknames we give them and the occasional grooming mishap… but sometimes their expressions don’t lie. Share what you think these two pooches were thinking in the comments below!

Painting: Joseph Greenleaf Cole (1803-1858), Mary Hersey Callendar of Boston, 1845, oil on canvas. Collection of The Trustees, Fruitlands Museum.

Photograph: Unknown dog, Harvard, MA, ca. 1915-1945. Collection of The Trustees, Fruitlands Museum/Archives & Research Center

05/16/2020
Trustees Trail Tips: Physical Distancing

Are you getting outside and enjoying this lovely springtime weather?

As we prepare to re-open the grounds and trails at Fruitlands starting next Wednesday, May 20th, we are sharing some Trustees Trail Tips to keep all of our guests safe while hiking on The Trustees properties.

Remember, if you plan to visit Fruitlands, you must reserve your parking spot in advance. Register online today!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fruitlands-museum-grounds-entry-and-parking-tickets-103340377852

A series of short guides to staying safe while visiting our properties during the COVID19 crisis. Trustees Engagement Manager Maura O'Gara gives tips on how ...

05/15/2020
Trustees Trail Tips: Be Prepared

As we prepare to re-open the grounds and trails at Fruitlands starting next Wednesday, May 20th, we are sharing some Trustees Trail Tips to keep all of our guests safe while hiking on The Trustees properties.

Remember, if you plan to visit Fruitlands, you must reserve your parking spot in advance. Register online today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fruitlands-museum-grounds-entry-and-parking-tickets-103340377852

A series of short guides to staying safe while visiting our properties during the COVID19 crisis. Trustees Engagement Manager Maura O'Gara gives tips on how ...

Have you heard the news? We plan to reopen the grounds and trails at Fruitlands Museum in a controlled fashion starting ...
05/14/2020
Fruitlands Museum Grounds Entry and Parking

Have you heard the news? We plan to reopen the grounds and trails at Fruitlands Museum in a controlled fashion starting next Wednesday, May 20th.

To prevent overcrowding at the Fruitlands parking lot & grounds, tickets will be based on a pre-determined arrival date and will be limited in capacity. For the safety of staff and visitors, tickets will not be sold onsite. Follow the link below to reserve your spot.

Please note: the indoor museum buildings, cafe and bathrooms are temporarily closed. Admission for this location is limited to the grounds only at this time.

About Fruitlands 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. There are over two miles of trails at Fruitlands that traverse our 210 acres of forest, wet...

Tired of your work from home set-up? We are coveting this standing desk made by Alfred Collier, a Harvard Shaker brother...
05/13/2020

Tired of your work from home set-up?

We are coveting this standing desk made by Alfred Collier, a Harvard Shaker brother. Its clean curves and smart shade of green would brighten up many a home office. Collier likely intended this desk for use by Elder Grove Blanchard.

Desk, signed Alfred Collier, Harvard Shaker Village, ca. 1861. Pine, maple, chestnut with green paint, with brass escutcheon, and iron lock. Collection of The Trustees, Fruitlands Museum.

#whatsitwednesday #wfh #workfromhome

05/12/2020
Fruitlands Museum

This sunset is a beauty, and the music is the perfect company. Join us!

We're #Live for another amazing Fruitlands Museum Sunset.

This evening we have a special treat! Monique and Stephen of SoulWorks Rhythm are here bringing you live music for our Sunset. Say hello and let us know where you are tuning in from.

These wonderful musicians facilitate our monthly Drum Circle program which will be going virtual for the first time on Wednesday, May 27th. Register online today at https://facebook.com/events/s/found-sound-drum-circle/238957040658267/?ti=icl and join SoulWorks Rythym on zoom as we make music in community with "Found Sound," using household objects for a fun evening of percussion. No drums or experience necessary.

For more program to keep you busy at home during quarantine, visit www.thetrustees.org/athome . If you would like to support the Trustees during this time, please visit www.thetrustees.org/donate

05/12/2020

We're #Live for another amazing Fruitlands Museum Sunset.

This evening we have a special treat! Monique and Stephen of SoulWorks Rhythm are here bringing you live music for our Sunset. Say hello and let us know where you are tuning in from.

These wonderful musicians facilitate our monthly Drum Circle program which will be going virtual for the first time on Wednesday, May 27th. Register online today at https://facebook.com/events/s/found-sound-drum-circle/238957040658267/?ti=icl and join SoulWorks Rythym on zoom as we make music in community with "Found Sound," using household objects for a fun evening of percussion. No drums or experience necessary.

For more program to keep you busy at home during quarantine, visit www.thetrustees.org/athome . If you would like to support the Trustees during this time, please visit www.thetrustees.org/donate

05/12/2020
Pastoral Present RE_VIEW by Wilhelm Neusser

It's #TourTuesday and time for another Virtual Studio Visit!

Wilhelm Neusser, Artist-in-Residence in 2019, generously created this video of his Fruitlands Series, taking us behind the scenes to his studio in Somerville, MA. He made 21 paintings, a body of work in response to a display of over 50 Hudson River School paintings with a focus on five specific paintings from the museum’s collection. The result, Pastoral Present, was on view in our art gallery last year.

The catalogue he pages through at the end of the video is available for sale in our museum shop – DM us for details!

Music by Carl Straussner

05/11/2020
Monday Morning Meditation: Beauty

Welcome to this week's Monday Morning Meditation. We invite you start your week (or tune in later) with a moment of peace, calm, and reflection.

This week's theme is "Beauty"
Specifically, the beauty of new life and growth that comes each spring.

Pre-viewing Prompt:
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” -Rachel Carson

Winter has left a woven carpet covering over the land-- fallen leaves, dried grasses, stems laid flat. Seeds sprout through this rich litter and have an inherent strength to rise up and greet the warmth and light of spring. With each inhale slowly breathe in spring’s warmth and light, let your inner strength rise, as do those first green blades of grass. Exhale renewal…., Let your gaze rest on Nature’s beauty. Let your inner strength affirm your own beauty.

Post-viewing Reflection:
“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. In nature nothing exists alone.” -Rachel Carson

With a slow deep breath Inhale gentle strength, and exhale beauty. Walk in beauty, see beauty all around.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. Tune in again next week for a new video and prompt

05/10/2020
Happy Mother's Day from Abigail Alcott

Happy Mother's Day!

For the past several years, we have celebrated Mother's Day at Fruitlands with Marmee's Mother's Day Party. In the spirit of that event, we bring you a Mother's Day greeting from Marmee herself: Abigail May Alcott, an incredible, strong, and giving woman. Listen in as she shares a bit of her story, from meeting her husband, Bronson, to building a family and raising their four daughters Anna, Louisa, Elizabeth, and May.

As author Cynthia H. Barton shared in her book Transcendental Wife: The Life of Abigail May Alcott, "Abby did not marry to adore, idealize, and serve but to love, admire, and share... By virtue of her position as wife and mother, she insisted, a woman 'is the most interesting as well as important member in the community.'"

The Trustees Property Update: We’re now pleased to announce that we will reopen five more Trustees properties in a contr...
05/08/2020

The Trustees Property Update: We’re now pleased to announce that we will reopen five more Trustees properties in a controlled fashion. The planned opening date for deCordova, Naumkeag, World's End, Fruitlands, and Crane Beach is Tuesday, May 19, though that may change depending on evolving guidelines from the Governor's office. For information on how to reserve parking passes please visit our website. http://www.thetrustees.org/COVID19

We recognize that these are some of our most beloved sites and we have been working hard to reopen them safely, in line with CDC guidance and directives from Governor Baker. Please note that, due to concerns about overcrowding, we are limiting capacity to just 50% of our parking lots at these sites.

We know how difficult it has been to get outside, get exercise, and connect with nature over the past weeks, and we are pleased and proud to be expanding access to our special places while balancing the need to slow the spread of the virus.

With this drawing, Maria Molteni, a 2020 Artist-in-Residence at Fruitlands Museum, builds upon the fascinating and power...
05/06/2020

With this drawing, Maria Molteni, a 2020 Artist-in-Residence at Fruitlands Museum, builds upon the fascinating and powerful tradition of Shaker gift drawings. For over a year now, Molteni has prepared to install the “LeafHive,” a site-specific, sculptural installation incorporating living honeybees inside of the museum’s 1790s Shaker Office. Her installation will incorporate other multi-media works, including video art.

When it is safe to work at the museum, Molteni will create drawings and other art in the historic space, exploring themes including Heaven on Earth/Whose Heaven is Earth: described, in the artist’s words as considering “who [heaven] serves and how it is modeled by practical visionaries like Shakers, honeybees, and beekeepers.”

05/05/2020
Virtual Studio Tour with Jane D. Marsching

In this #TourTuesday, presented as part of Artweek at Home, we continue the behind the scenes access as Artist-in-Residence, Jane D. Marsching offers us a preview of her project "Utopia Press."

Interested to hear more? Join us on Wednesday, May 13th for Artist Curator Conversations: What is Utopia Today?

In this Webinar, Marsching and Fruitlands Curator, Shana Dumont Garr will discuss what Utopia means today. They will muse together about the power of the past to inform radical change in the present and to support fresh contemplation of the future. Listen in and join the conversation with a Q and A session at the conclusion of the program. Register online today!

#ArtWeekatHome

05/04/2020
Monday Morning Meditation: Gratitude

Welcome to the next installment of Monday Morning Meditation. We invite you to start your week off (or tune in whenever desired) with a moment of peace, calm, and reflection.

This week's theme is "Gratitude."

Pre-viewing Prompt:
"The very uprightness of the pines and maples asserts the ancient rectitude and vigor of Nature. Our lives need the relief of such a background, where the pine flourishes, and the jay still screams."
-Henry David Thoreau

Nature creates sanctuaries where the human spirit can be fortified. With slow deep breaths, inhale the scent of pine, listen for the bird song, feel the breeze brush against your cheek....., exhale gratitude.

Post-viewing Reflection:
"In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks." -John Muir

Breath in the splendor of Nature..., exhale gratitude...

Wishing you a great week ahead. Join us again next week for a new video and a new prompt.

Fruitlands Museum founder, Clara Endicott Sears, ran a dairy farm on her property, The Pergolas, adjacent to the museum ...
05/03/2020

Fruitlands Museum founder, Clara Endicott Sears, ran a dairy farm on her property, The Pergolas, adjacent to the museum grounds through the first half of the 1900s. She bestowed the cows with fanciful and picturesque names including Dark Miranda, Sophocles, Nashua Frolic, Pansy Greenwood, and Cornelia de Kol Fairfax the 2nd.

What would you name your cow?

Painting: Thomas Hewes Hinckley (1813-1896), Cows and Sheep in Pasture, 1866, oil on canvas. Collection of The Trustees, Fruitlands Museum.

Photograph: Cows at the Pergolas, Harvard, MA, ca. 1915-1945. Collection of The Trustees, Fruitlands Museum/Archives & Research Center. @ Fruitlands Museum

04/28/2020

We're #Live for another amazing Fruitlands Museum Sunset. Where is everyone joining us from?

For more program to keep you busy at home during quarantine, visit www.thetrustees.org/athome . If you would like to support the Trustees during this time, please visit www.thetrustees.org/donate

04/28/2020
Virtual Studio Tour with Sue McNally

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!

04/27/2020
Monday Morning Meditation: Flow

Welcome to Monday Morning Meditation. We invite you to start your week off with a moment of peace, calm, and reflection.

Today's theme is "Flow"

Pre-viewing prompt:
"The finest workers in stone are not copper and steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time." -Henry David Thoreau

While watching the video, let this flowing water help to quiet your mind and body, invite the sounds to soothe and set aside worries. Flowing waters remind us that obstacles, even as hard as stone, can be negotiated by being flexible. A stony brook sings by its gurgles and babbling.

Post-viewing reflection:
"Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees." - John Muir

With slow deep breaths, inhale peace, exhale calm, as sunshine pours forth to awaken a peaceful dawn.

Wishing you a great week ahead. Join us again next week for a new video and prompt.

There once was a man from New Bedford...in honor of National Poetry month, we challenge you to share a humorous limerick...
04/26/2020

There once was a man from New Bedford...in honor of National Poetry month, we challenge you to share a humorous limerick (rhyme scheme: AABBA) inspired by this portrait of New Bedford sea captain, Benjamin Clark.

Born in Bridgewater, Connecticut, Clark rose to prominence in New Bedford, MA, in the 1830s as partial owner of multiple whaling vessels, and captain of the ships Clarice and Abigail. Many of his trips took him out to the Pacific Ocean for 2-3 years at a time, returning home with thousands of barrels of whale oil each time. The home he built in 1845 still stands on Orchard Street in New Bedford.

Artist Unknown, Benjamin Clark (1793-1881) of New Bedford, Mass., ca. 1820-1860, oil on canvas. Collection of the Trustees, Fruitlands Museum.

“One is transported from his littleness and the soul expands in such a region of sights and sounds. Between us and this ...
04/22/2020

“One is transported from his littleness and the soul expands in such a region of sights and sounds. Between us and this vast expanse we may hold our hand and stand alone, an isolated being occupying but a foot of earth and living but for ourselves; or we may look again, and a feeling of diffusive illimitable benevolence possesses us as we take in this vast region of hill and plain.”
-Abigail Alcott, Fruitlands Journal, June 4, 1843

Happy Earth Day 🌎🍃

04/22/2020

“It rained when I went to bed, and made a pretty noise on the roof” -Louisa May Alcott (Age 10) Fruitlands Journal, September 14, 1843

Sound on 🌧

Happy Patriots’ Day! Pictured here is Fruitlands Museum Founder, Clara Endicott Sears, dressed in colonial costume in 18...
04/20/2020

Happy Patriots’ Day!

Pictured here is Fruitlands Museum Founder, Clara Endicott Sears, dressed in colonial costume in 1870

The hills are alive with the sounds of springtime! In honor of National Poetry month, let today’s beautiful weather and ...
04/20/2020

The hills are alive with the sounds of springtime!

In honor of National Poetry month, let today’s beautiful weather and this bucolic landscape by Albert Bierstadt inspire some poetry of your own. Share a haiku (5-7-5) in the comments below.

Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), San Raphael California, ca.1875, oil on canvas. Collection of The Trustees, Fruitlands Museum.

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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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    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