Other Ideas: Peabody Essex Museum (PEM); Old South Meeting House; Discovery Museums; Old Sturbridge Village; Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Fruitlands four galleries, singular collections, over 200 pastoral acres, trails and vistas stir the imagination.
Over ninety years ago, Clara Endicott Sears bought a gentleman’s farm on land that had once sheltered Bronson Alcott’s Utopian experiment in communal living known as Fruitlands.
Fruitlands lasted a mere seven months, but Sears helped rescue it from oblivion by turning the Alcott farmhouse into a house museum to celebrate the Transcendentalists’ vision.
Between 1914 and 1945, Sears’museum, named after Alcott’s commune, grew to include Native American art and artifacts, a Shaker collection, and a Picture Gallery of American vernacular portraits and Hudson River School landscapes.
Please call in advance and make a reservation to take advantage of our group discount.
Guided tours by reservation.
Free to all visitors.
Restaurant, Rest Rooms, Museum Store/Reception Center, Wayside, and Indian Museum are fully handicapped accessible.
Fruitlands has a full service restaurant.Check the website for current hours.
The grounds are open to museum ticket-holders for picnics. We have many shaded picnic tables for museum visitors who bring their own lunch.
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April - November: Weekdays, 10AM - 4PM. Weekends and Holidays, 10AM - 5PM
November - March: Weekends Only, noon - 5PM
(Purchase Museum and Grounds Admission at the Museum Store)
Fruitlands Museum Members FREE
Seniors and Students w/a college id $10.00
Children 5-13 $5.00 , under 5 FREE
Adults $6.00 , Children $3.00
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