Offering an ever-changing array of outdoor sculptures and indoor exhibits, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park is a beloved part of the vibrant New England art scene. Established back in 1950 and named after Julian de Cordova, a tea broker, merchant, and successful art collector who traveled all around the world in search of new pieces to add to his collection.
Upon his death, de Cordova ordered that his estate become a public art museum. The town honored his wishes and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park has since grown into a beloved place for locals and tourists, offering an excellent variety of awe-inspiring and thought-provoking for all to enjoy.
What to Expect at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
A visit to DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park will allow you to explore and experience some of the finest examples of modern expressionism in all of New England. Visitors can roam around both indoor and outdoor exhibit areas, admiring the landscape of ever-changing works. The location features both a Sculpture Park with rotating exhibits and a permanent collection of works of various styles, with a strong emphasis on photography.
More than 3,500 works can be found in the permanent collection, including drawings, photography, sculpture, paintings, and more. Over 1,500 pieces are photographs, and there's a large focus on local talent, with the DeCordova Museum hosting one of the biggest collections of New England artwork anywhere in the world. Outside, the Sculpture Park features over 60 individual pieces at any one time.
The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park covers around 30 acres of land in total and offers more than enough space and exhibits for a full day of art appreciation. Whether you’re visiting alone, with friends or family, or as part of an organized tour group, you’ll be able to admire a stunning array of powerful, stimulating creations.
Visiting DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park is located at 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Any prospective visitors that would like to learn more about the museum can get in touch via (781) 259-8355 or visit the official website for additional information. Getting to the Sculpture Park is very straightforward, being just 20 miles out of Boston, and the location is open almost every single day of the year.
However, opening hours do vary depending on the time of year; the Sculpture Park is open from 10am to 5pm through the summer season and is also open at these hours during the weekends in winter, but will close at 4pm on Wednesday through Fridays in winter and is not open on Mondays or Tuesdays during this part of the year.
All children aged 12 or below can enter for free. Free admission is also offered to residents of Lincoln, Active Duty Military Personnel, and members. All other guests will need to pay an admission fee, with cheaper prices reserved for students and the elderly.
In terms of on-site amenities, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park features its own gift shop and café. The café offers both indoor and outdoor seating and serves a variety of hot and cold drinks, as well as sandwiches, snacks, salads, and more, all at great prices. The Sculpture Park has two large parking lots to cater to all visitors and will also offer free manual wheelchairs.
The Sculpture Park requests that all guests treat the art and location with respect, and there are rules against touching or leaning against the sculptures in any way. Drone photography is not allowed, but guests can bring their own personal cameras to take photos, and dogs on leashes will also be allowed in the Sculpture Park if you'd like to bring a four-legged friend along.
Become a Member at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
If you really want to make the most of the Sculpture Park and make repeated visits throughout the year, it makes a lot of sense to sign up for membership. This will grant you free admission to the park, along with the following additional advantages:
· The option to attend members-only special events
· A 10% discount in the Sculpture Park’s store and café
· Free admission and discounts on other events
· Discounts for Sculpture Park workshops
Becoming a member is easy and can be done both online and by mail. By supporting the Sculpture Park with your membership, you'll be contributing to the general upkeep of the park and its future development, helping to preserve this iconic New England art location for future generations. website