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DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

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Address: 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
Phone Number: 781 259 8355
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The largest of its kind in New England, this sculpture park encompasses 35...
The largest of its kind in New England, this sculpture park encompasses 35 acres, 20 miles northwest of Boston. The park features a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, and hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan. Year round activities include snowshoe tours, yoga in the park, birding tours, curator and artist conversations, and many special talks, screenings, and events.
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Protip: ride your bike

I was pleasantly surprised to find that, since I rode my bike there, admission would be free. So my rating is higher than if I would have had to pay admission. Anyway, it's an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2014
MatthewLuciw
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Lugano, Switzerland
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Lugano, Switzerland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised to find that, since I rode my bike there, admission would be free. So my rating is higher than if I would have had to pay admission. Anyway, it's an enjoyable place to explore. The park was interesting and fun to wander through. The museum (and gift shop) was nice, too.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Though the setting is lovely and gift shop is one of the nicest I've been to (though merchandise on offer has nothing to do with what's on exhibit), both outdoor sculpture and especially indoor art is underwhelming and not at all appealing. Museum itself is a neat building but contains very little art - would make a great space for... More 

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited the DeCordova on a sunny August day with a 21/2 year old. Perfect place to introduce children of all ages to out door sculpture. A wide variety of pieces, some colorful, some huge and some just plain fun! There is even a waterfall where you can reach down and touch the water! Also a house with art work... More 

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San Francisco, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a beautiful park with a wonderful selection of outdoor art installations and sculptures. It would be difficult to navigate the grassy terrain, if you have any mobility issues. The grounds are a little hilly and a little grassy. I have been here numerous times and every time I go I really enjoy the modern, innovative installations. I recommend... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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125 reviews 125 reviews
45 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Visited the sculpture garden on a beautiful summer day. The grounds are very well cared for. There is a senior and active duty military discount. The museum contains more modern art than I am interested in. However, the works are well presented and there is a feeling of real openness when walking around. There were a couple interesting exhibits which... More 

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Putnam, Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

VERY modern art spread out on beautiful grounds. Lots of families with kids, but since you were not allowed to touch the sculptures in any way, they had to be told over and over not to climb on them. Great for adults on a nice day, but be prepared to walk outside a lot - so weather matters. The museum... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts
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28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

When I was growing up in this area, DeCordova offered art classes and an art camp in the summer. Sadly, that no longer happens. However, they have turned the grounds of this beautiful semi-rural museum (in an extremely affluent town) into a beautiful sculpture park. The Museum itself has been upgraded and expanded since the 1960's and the exhibit when... More 

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Providence, RI
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

If you like to listen to kids yell, scream & run around while you try to look at art, then this is the museum for you. We went for the Ian Hamilton Finlay show, and this was just OK (there were some really interesting pieces, but I've seen much better representations of his work exhibited in the UK). Other exhibits... More 

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Massachusetts
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185 reviews 185 reviews
18 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a great place for contemporary art, inside plus the outdoor sculptures. The view of the pond from the museum is classic (Thoreau wanted to build his cabin here, instead of at Walden Pond but was turned down by the town fathers). Definitely worth the trip.

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The museum is first rate with a wide variety of permanent and visiting installations. The best part is the sculpture park. The grounds are a beautiful landscape of lawns, woods and vistas over the nearby pond. If the kids get restless indoors, take them out to the scupture park where they can interact with many of the sculptures. Definately not... More 

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