Winter Season Hours: Weekends 12-5PM, Art Gallery, Museum Store & Grounds Open
Historic Buildings & Cafe Closed Until April 15, 2015

Family Programs

Events and educational programs for older children and teens.

Curatorial Tour: 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 1:00pm
Sun, 10/26/2014 - 1:00pm
Sun, 11/23/2014 - 1:00pm
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 1:00pm
Member Admission... 
Free
Non-Member Admission... 
$5
Curatorial Tour: 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum

Art Education

Fruitlands offers an array of weekly art classes and workshops for artists who are interested in pursuing their craft with outstanding teachers on the museum’s beautiful grounds.

Due to the growing level of interest from visitors wishing to paint on the grounds, our slate of offerings is constantly growing.

Early Shaker Information

The Shakers (officially, United Believers in Christ's Second Appearing) originated in England under the leadership of "Mother" Ann Lee. Twelve original Shakers came to America in 1774 and settled in New York.

Shakers have no written creed but at various times throughout their history they have embraced certain belief and practices:
1. Duality of the Deity, composed of a male and a female element
2. Ann Lee as the Second Appearance of Christ (see below)
3. Equality of men and women
4. Celibacy

Dining at Fruitlands Museum

The Fruitlands Museum Cafe is open from 11AM - 2:30PM every day except for Tuesdays.

Reservations can be made by calling 978.456.3924 x242.

Click on the Fruitlands Museum Cafe link to the left for information on booking special events and to see the lunch and brunch menus.

Shaker Museum

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The Shaker Museum at Fruitlands was originally constructed in the Harvard Shaker Village in 1796 as an office. Fruitlands Museum founder, Clara Sears, moved it to Fruitlands Museums in 1920 after the Harvard Shaker village closed.
The Story... 

The Shaker experience in Harvard and Shirley began in June of 1781 when Ann Lee and a group of early Shaker leaders were invited by those communities to visit on a proselytizing journey from the first community in Watervliet, NY.

Shaker communities devoted their lives to God. This unique community lived communally, practiced equality between the sexes, developed distinctive agricultural and manufacturing practices, and forms of worship.

At their height in about 1850, the Harvard Shakers had 150 members, and was considered the spiritual center of the Shaker world. Other Shaker communities existed in New York, elsewhere in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.

The Shakers did not practice procreation, so their communities faded over time, and Sabbathday Lake in Poland Spring, ME is the last remaining Shaker community.

  Harvard Shaker Holy Hill - video
Harvard Shaker Cemetery - video

100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum

Sat, 09/06/2014 (All day) - Sun, 03/29/2015 (All day)
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Fruitlands Museum is celebrating the past one hundred years by highlighting the richness of our diverse collections and sharing stories contributed by members of our community.

The one hundred most popular objects in Fruitlands' Transcendental, Shaker, Native American collections, landscape paintings and portraits will be on view in the Art Gallery and around the campus beginning on September 6, 2014. The exhibit includes fascinating examples of our New England past, some with poignant local flair. A soapstone bowl that is approximately 4000 years old and was found in a nearby field, Shaker furniture, Thoreau's desk, a Lakota feathered bonnet and Albert Bierstadt's painting, View of Mount Ascutnety from Claremont, New Hampshire ´╗┐are all fine examples of the rich history of New England that will be on display´╗┐. We invite you to come share in this extraordinary exhibit.

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