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The deCordova (or dee-cor-duh-vah as the natives pronounce it) is a fantastic contemporary art museum and sculpture park out in a suburb of Boston, Lincoln. It's about a 45 minute drive with traffic but well worth it over all. Admission is cheap or free with a Bank of America card. It has a very well designed indoor museum space spanning several levels going along a hill, and an extensive collection of outdoor artworks. It's the best contemporary art museum in the Boston area by a wide margin, with what is actually more useable gallery space than the ICA.
I have been going here 2-3 times a year for about a decade now, and have not been disappointed yet. This place has been getting better and better with time. Their latest improvement in my opinion is the scale and frequency of which they rotate all of their exhibits. There are only a few permanent non-rotating outdoor sculptures, and everything else was new to me. (about 9 months since my last visit).
Great place to go spend 2-4 hours exploring.
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Beautiful, perfect sculpture park. Excellent for a stroll and picnic, especially with children.
You must see
I think that is the most impressive thing in Boston
Nice little sculpture park not too far from Boston. You only need 2-3 hours to walk around the entire park. There are some really nice pieces and its fun trying to find them. When I was there the exhibit in the museum wasn't really my bag, but the grounds were nice.
My kids and I loved the open space, interesting sculptures and especially the kid-friendly interactive ones.
Contemporary sculpture thoughtfully presented in a beautiful outdoor park, plus world-class curated exhibits inside the museum.
great place great art
Cool art a must see
The kids love it here. Plenty to see outside so it's great for a walk and a picnic. The art gallery inside is okay, little limited and not as little kid friendly. The cafe is lovely but pricey. The gift shop is fantastic.
Great for having a picnic surrounded by art. Relaxed atmosphere. Great to bring kids.
Great place to stroll or picnic. Everyone working there was helpful!
One of the best museums ever. Excellent for kids and grown ups. The park itself is beatitul for a walk.
This is a MUST go-to museum if you are in the area. It is such a quirky museum and the grounds are pretty and filled with interesting sculptures.
Amazing place. What great sculptures. The museum building is pretty with great views. Me and my friend spent 2-3 hours there but we could have easily spent the entire day- especially on a nice sunny day, it's fun to explore and look at different sculptures.
Amazing outdoor sculpture garden. Huge variety of artwork by talented artists. Perfect place to spend an afternoon with anyone. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a spot on the lawn.
Bomb sculptures, i'd really like to see more kids stuff here. There is a very small section for kids. Expand upon this idea!
Cool outdoor sculpture spread around the grounds lending itself to great photo opportunities. An interesting and somewhat large inside space with varied and interesting contemporary art and photos, as well as a place for kids to explore and create art. They have a very cool gift shop with kids toys, desktop toys, household items, and jewelry.
A wonderful museum in suburban Boston. Lots of great artwork and beautiful grounds. I went with the kids and they had a good time.
Perfect place to spend half day. Great for kids. Plenty of space to stroll. The sculptures are very interesting for kids and adults. Bring food and water. We had a great time. My son loved! We are definitely coming back. .
So many different genres/subjects of art to see! It is also nice to have both indoor and outdoor artworks to view.
They allow dogs that are leashed in the sculpture park, but not the indoor museum. Please remember to clean up after your pet in order to keep this option available! The only downside to deCordova is the cafe, it is tiny, a bit pricey for average food. If you are planning to spend the day, I would suggest packing a picnic- there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy it!
Inkberry... concrete This place is the perfect escape The decordova ball wet clay brick sigh I mean really this place is f****** awesome.
Not only do they have student discounts, which was a great date idea on my college budget, but it was beautiful and had many different styles of art to peak anyone's interest.
Wonderful place to view artwork outdoors. Some of the installations are really cool
Good if you like weird art but it gets very boring
Gem of a museum, and the sculpture park and kids at activities are great. Highly recommended
very interesting and fun outdoor sculptures, nice area to walk around and view them. The indoors is a matter of taste for what ever they are presenting. When we were there, the top floor had an excellent collection and display of black and white photographs by a well known photographer whose works spanned roughly 1920 to 1950.
Great combination outdoor art meeting the natural and formed landscape along with a few buildings. I absolutely love this place!
Beautiful museum, surrounded by a great sculpture park. Exhibit currently has modern art that is a bit hard for me to understand, but I have seen excellent exhibits in the past.
Love the public outdoor sculptures but the map could do better with an indication of let visuals of the artwork. Map does not always tally with sculpture.
Great place to spend a couple hours. The museum was bigger than I expected. Lots to see walking around the grounds.
Great place to explore art and the outdoors at the same time. Close to Walden pond as well.
Bikes get in for free. Grab a map if you're into appreciating the art, or just wander around for a while enjoying the scenery.
The gift shop is one of the better gift shops I've seen in the Boston area - definitely check it out before leaving.
Amazing art. Nice relaxing setting. Great place to take the family.
Beautiful grounds and unique art. The cafe was out of most items on their menu though.
This is a museum gem in Lincoln, MA. The sculpture park alone is worth the trip. The gorgeous grounds are peppered with delightful sculptures. The museum is not too big and is totally manageable. In the summer the Park Fest event is great for families and art lovers - a juried art/craft show along with lots of activities for kids, food and entertainment.
The sculpture garden at Decordova is glorious !!Fun, interesting sculptures artfully placed throughout the beautiful gardens and lawns . This is a delightful place to stroll, picnic, and visit with friends. The museum itself is a beautiful old building, with a unique modern art collection. The store always has fun, unusual, artsy items.
It was beautiful. The grounds were landscaped very nicely and the sculptures were laid out perfectly. There was a lot to see.
So much fun and so much to see. Plan on being here a while to check out all the interesting sculptures.
Hidden gem. I like this place so much I got a membership. The art gallery and sculpture garden are each great and worth spending time exploring separately. This is also a really beautiful place to read or have a picnic. The cafe has great coffee, wifi, and good food selections. The staff is also great. I'm here a lot.
Delicate and fun place for a 2-to-3-hour visit. Sculptures are interesting and could contribute to amazing and fun pictures. Only be sure to avoid hot weather. The museum displays many contemporary art works. Don't forget the view on the top patio.
Cool sculpture park that my kids actually enjoy. Great gift shop, good coffee, and worth the adventure. Free parking, could spend the day here if so inclined or just a couple hours.
Visited on a beautiful summer day and had a great time (as always!). Thrilled to see that the museum has made a STRONG effort to represent women artists more equally than many other museums. The indoor exhibit space currently has a large portion devoted entirely to woman artists!
The only complaint I have is the cafe. The food was iffy at best (luke warm, soggy) and outrageously priced for the portion size. I'll be bringing my own picnic for my next visit. I did not feel the need to include this in the star rating as it is a museum first and foremost-- not a dining establishment.
The sculpture park is great for a picnic. A pleasant and easy walk to see all the interesting sculptures. The museum itself has changing exhibits which are sometimes interesting, sometime not. But still a great place to relax for a couple of hours.
A lovely stroll through a big park with lovely sculptures ends with a coffee and designer cocktail glasses at the gift shop. The museum is small but has engaging revolving exhibits. My children were excited to play in the art lab. This museum is perfect for a sunny day.
A very nice park that combines nature and art. Walking trails lead to sculptures that are spread over all parts of the park and very beautiful views of the nearby pond. Scenic settings for good photos
Disappointed to find the cafe has no nut free food options. There is little nearby so if you arrive counting on convenient on site cafe it will mean getting back in the car to find some nut free food. Given this museum is likely to attract families with children this seems like a significant overnight.
Love this art museum, inside and outside art available for viewing. Well kept grounds and very clean. Art for all ages and classes to take. Membership is affordable and passes
Make sure not to forget your meds as long trip place big..I needed to take some oral mmj in order for my joints to work as am old....u will love it
The best museum in the burbs. Sculpture park plus amazing exhibits
Such a great museum! So many sculptures outside and a wonderful inner space with beautiful works AND a kids interactive space, the Lab, which is so much fun.
The gift shop has a great selection of items. The museum shows are always innovative.
This place is amazing, I love the interactions that the sculptures have with nature. Gorgeous views from the top and equally beautiful getting lost on the park grounds with the sculptures. Great to in the spring before it gets to hot to enjoy everything the outside has to offer. The museum inside is also kid friendly.
Amazing place, low admission, beautiful artwork, I could spend days here! Some of the most famous artists and rarest artwork is shown here. There are frequent tours and artist talks, and sometimes you can even catch the artists installing their work! And oh my, the staff are the nicest people around!
This sculpture park is not very large but offers a few interesting sculptures. There's a museum, which is closed on weekends unfortunately, and a gift shop. It's just by the side of a large pond and about 2 miles from the famous Walden Pond.
Went on a day when the weather was not so great and was not able to walk the extensive ground. Muesum ok, but not my cup of tea of contemporary art. Loved that they had hands on activities for children and classes available. Would try again to see outside exhibits. Price for admission a bit high.
I love keep going back. Heat in summer and winter. Great with kids too.
I recommend this to anyone who is visiting the Boston area. There is a modest fee to enter. It is a lovely park to walk or jog in and pets are allowed in the park (but not in the museum). Very modern outdoor sculptures are through out the park to enjoy. The museum also has modern exhibits and sometimes has activities. The only downside I think is the cafe which has a very limited selection of prepackaged items.
This place is great for spending time outside with great art work. You can bring a picnic or pick one up from the new and improved Cafe. They have a great selection of food including vegetarian options. They serve alcohol as well as interesting selection of sodas. The museum itself is just the right size and the views from the roof are amazing.
Great place to come for a picnic on a sunny day. I have only been inside once, but it has a nice cafe. Best part however is strolling the grounds and enjoying the outdoor sculpture. Best kept secret: if you ride a bike in, you get in free!
Good for a nice afternoon walk. All modern art, not much in terms of information about the different pieces. But the grounds are lovely and the setting is relaxing. Great for a picnic. The inside museum was not worth the time -- the current exhibits just not to my taste: I thought they were setting up new exhibits, then was told these ARE the exhibits. Hanging wire? Really? LOL!
This small museum is just the right size for someone with limited energy or attention span. During our visit, it was too hot to wander the grounds, but we could see many sculptures from our car and from the rooftop patio. My only complaint is that there is one section that is not accessible by wheelchair - the two steps are as wide as the room and could easily accommodate a small ramp.
Can be a fun few hours. Contemporary art changing ever few months (check website). Limited exhibits indoors & over all of grounds. Nifty shop & Cafe. $$$
Fun place with lots of interesting abstract sculpture. Nice little cafe. The gift shop looked inviting, but didn't have time to visit.
Great for all ages. Plenty of art to see, and beautiful outdoor setting. All staff members we met were fantastic. I would come here more often if I lived in the area.
This has an extensive outdoor sculpture collection. So even if Museum is closed you can still wonder around the grounds and check out a lot of great art. Also they actually switch over several sculptures on a regular basis so there is often something new. The Jim Dine is one of my faves !
A gem. Lovely sculptures (some that are interactive) spread around gorgeous grounds. Be prepared to walk a bit and not all on a paved path if you want to see everything (there is paved path, but you'll miss a good deal staying on it). A fantastic place to wander for a few hours.
The plaques don't offer a ton of information about the sculptures, but if you'd like more information there is an audio tour or you can use the QR codes on each plaque to look up information. Personally I prefer taking in each sculpture and interpreting it myself.
The inside of the museum offers a handful of rotating exhibits and a nice view from the rooftop.
The cafe is typical museum fare (coffees, prepackaged sandwiches/salads, etc.). The store has a nice selection of unique and fun items, definitely stop by before you leave.
Oh and if you play pokemon go, this place has copious pokestops and gyms, a real gold mine.
Beautiful place to visit on a beautiful day. Modern art in bucolic setting and a wonderful sculpture garden near Walden Pond. Easy to park and usually quiet. Besides the art, make sure to visit the terrace on the rooftop to have amazing views. On the way back stop at a farm to pick or buy some apples or plums.
This was a pleasant surprise. The exterior sculptures were pleasent and uplifting. It was a wonderful and uplifting walk in the park. Our three dogs had fun trying to keep up with the Chipmunks. They even liked the ceramic sculptures
My family and I took a quick trip to this wonderful place. A very simple and easy ride to a place where all ages are welcome. Beautiful and simple designs to keep all interested.
I've always liked coming here as a kid and now that I have my own son it's fun to spread the experience. Good place to have a picnic or just walk around and enjoy some sights. Plenty of parking but there is an entry fee I believe.
This place was exceptional. I went for the day with my parents and roamed the campus exploring the sculptures. They had an infinite stars room created by a famous Japanese artist. It is worth the drive out to see them.
Beautiful space. Unlike any other local museum. Was here with a school group and then children were absorbed by the exhibits and really relished the outdoor space. Looking forward to coming back for more exploration!
Really fun inside the museum and outside in the sculpture park. Plan MORE time than you think you’ll need. Worth the drive to Lincoln. Highly recommend.
I only have good things to say about this place. It is well worth the visit. I recommend the sculpture park to everyone who can make it. Really beautiful place.
On a 40 degree day in January we were still able to appreciate the expansive grounds deCordova sits on. The indoor exhibits were interesting, though I felt myself wishing the decor called back the time period of the deCordova castle similar to the way things are handled for the interior of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. We kept seeing pictures of how parts used to look, but then a garden patio would be bare or a room would be white-walled to look like an exhibit hall, not a room in a castle.
It was a little muddy in places due to recent weather but the views ranged from pretty to breathtaking as we moved from one outdoor installation to the next.
Always a nice walk through the grounds at deCordova. The number of sculptures is impressive and a delight to see in the light offered from Autumn through Winter. This is a family favorite when we are visiting.
Omg the best local place for some art. Great if you have little ones and want to start introducing them to fine art. It's outdoors so they can run off their energy between sculptures. I cannot recommend DeCordova enough.
A really great place to run around and explore with my five year old. The grounds are fantastic to explore, and we love the cafe.
Exceptional pieces of sculpture spread around lovely grounds. Very enjoyable.
Super fun. Excellent stop over. Totally worth admission. Phone commentary by artists available. (Some commentary has multiple audio tracks)
This is one of the most exciting places you'll ever want to go. It gives new meaning to another man's junk is another mans...ART! My favorite must be the two huge hearts. At first I had the ewww look until I got close enough to appreciate all it says. To me anyway. Once I spotted that espresso maker I was all set. This sculpter really speaks a thousand words if you consider all we put our hearts through in a lifetime, it's all here.
Go on a nice day if possible so you can fully appreciate all the tremendous talent that is spread out over 'miles' [it seems], There's something for everyone so bring the kids and ask for their input.
Really beautiful sculpture garden and museum. This is a really lovely place to spend a nice day outside.
The sculpture park has wonderful and intriguing displays, some interactive. Great place to visit and get a little exercise.
Great fun especially in nice weather. The outdoor sculptures are unique and often very large, complementing the rolling expanse of museum grounds. Modest cafe but tons of items at the gift shop. The indoor museum varies depending on the current exhibition. Not always as much of a draw as the grounds. Kids really enjoy the outdoor installations.
Wonderful, wonderful place. You can spend the whole day or just pop in for an hour. Creative and high quality art is shown on the gorgeous museum grounds and the building has lots of works inside that are worth checking out. I admit that when it's a nice day out and I'm short on time, I just walk around outside and never visit indoors. Great for kids too! But a gem for adults in the same time which is no small feat. I love this place.
Really fascinating park and museum, the shop was cool as well the food was lacking, might need to pack a lunch next time. Ample space to explore the grounds great for families or couples as well. I was there because I wanted to swim at Walden Pond but it was full, everything worked out and I got to see some fine art and swim.
Enjoyable art museum, sculpture garden, cafe and cute gift shop near Walden pond. Perfect for nice day as most of it is outdoors. Slighty more expensive than I'd like, but they do have a student discount.
What a unique and special place to visit! I had no idea that this gem was right down the road from me my whole life! I am looking forward to making this a regular spot to visit as the sculptures change year-on-year I am told.
The park is very beautiful. It's a great place for kids and adults alike. It's also good for fitness as well. While it can be hot there, the cooling effect of the mountain air is always great. The art is very pretty and there's free parking. This place is good for people of all ages.
This stunning sculpture park and museum is a magical place to visit during the summer and fall. Some amazing views of the lakeside and forests from the museum terrace. New sculptures are constantly being added. Multiple art pieces are on display by contemporary and regional artists. A great place for art lovers and families to spend the afternoon!
Can't believe it took so long to discover! Fun to walk around both inside and outside. There's plenty of parking too. The past few times it looks like there's been an event, either a wedding or a reunion. Looks like it would a great venue for a large event.
As a professional photographer, I have photographed family portrait sessions on the grounds and events in the function room.
The sculptures are beautiful and the grounds are well maintained.
The function room is decorated with art that changes every few months, creating a true art gallery experience for your event.
The staff is excellent and the food is delicious.
Really cool place to kill a couple hours. They have a lot of varying types of sculptures outside and a wide range of artwork inside the museum. The pricing too isnt bad. Kids under 12 are free while adult prices range from 10-14$. Overall I would recommend checking it out.
An amazing contemporary art museum and exhibit park. Well set up and beautiful place. A real gem for art lovers and people looking to experience different views of art. There is something for all people to relate to there. Truly a place worth visiting over and over.
The outdoor sculpture Park is always a nice stroll. However, I have to say that I was disappointed at the museum overall. Maybe I'm just not sophisticated enough to understand it, but everything inside seems like the art did people make fun of. a lot of it looked like stuff that a grade school kid could do. And both my wife and I felt like we didn't have a single emotional response to any of the pieces.
This is a hidden gem. Very nice art museum. The outside grounds are simply beautiful. Walking paths with sculptures scattered around the trails. Plan on at least three hours being there.
I very much enjoyed perusing the grounds and enjoying the outside scenery. Make sure to lay down on the rounded blue cushion display outside. Great place for a leisurely, sunny Sunday with a significant other, friend, or significant dog friend. Not to get all art school but, I didn't enjoy or connect with most of the pieces inside the actual museum. It seems they cycle frequently so maybe it was timing. Either way, I look forward to returning.
Great place to walk through and see the sculptures. Beautiful grounds. Plenty of space for children. Sculptures are fantastic. Some changes periodically.
Nice-ish café. There's better art in the gift shop than there is in the museum. Go to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum if you want to look at fine art. As for the outdoor installations, I've seen more artfully designed jungle gyms. Why pay money to look at bad art?
Totally love this place! We would come here as a date in grad school, and now bring our kids here to run around and enjoy the sculptures
I want to thank deCordova for not only existing, but for being so child friendly. I have a curious, wonderful 10 month old and the staff of the indoor museum didnt even bat an eye when I allowed her to crawl around the exhibit floor (no one else was present). In fact, they were supportive. Highly recommend at all seasons and for all ages!
This sculpture park and museum had been a top go-to family destination for years. If you've never been, make it happen. It has open space for running around and the sculptures are so interesting at large scale, for all ages. The indoor museum has had some of the most creative and enjoyable exhibits over the years, although it can be hit or miss with your personal art preferences. The only negative is the entry fee, which is $10 more or less per person per day, discounts for kids. It's worth it once a year.
A true gem of a museum surrounded by a marvelous sculpture park that extends over many acres and hills. The park is immaculately kept featuring probably over a hundred contemporary artists’ sculpture works in a wide range of themes. One of my favorite is Paul Matisse’s immersive sound sculpture that delights every time. The deCordova is simply a most beautiful environment for long strolls amongst trees, rock gardens, waterfalls, woods, lawns, and beautiful art, during any season. Do visit the museum as well for their curated exhibitions.
Great rotating art displays on the grounds as well as in the gallery. Gift shop has some unique items but a bit pricey. Also has a nice Cafe.
A mix of interesting and unusual art spaced around lovely grounds. Fun wandering even on a cold winter's day, particularly towards sunset where the light catches several pieces particularly well.
It is a shame most pieces can't be touched as they beg to be interacted with. Maybe something they could consider for the future.
The gift shop is also worth a look.
Beautiful park to take a walk in with many interesting and colorful art installments. Walking through most of the sculptures and the small museum took my group about 2 hours. This location could be made a bit more walkable if paths were laid out/installed but is definitely worth a visit!
This museum has such beautiful grounds. On a nice day it's hardly necessary to even go inside the museum because there is so much to explore outside! I think that we could go here often and still not see everything there is to see.
Fantastic - I wish we had more time to visit. So much to see and explore. I think I would take an official tour next time to really get into the details....read this and 110 more