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“I just don't get it...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
781 259 8355
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Ranked #4 of 7 Attractions in Lincoln
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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“I just don't get it...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

You pay $14 each to get in, and there are a series of sculptures and "art installations" (be advised that "art installation" has no good definition!) along with some "paintings outside the stretcher" which look to me like pompous, self-indulgent, and ill-conceived junk which any child could do better. Or even me!

I had a great deal of fun making up my own titles for many works, along with fanciful explanations of what they "represented". I mean, is seeing a tipped-over ATV really "art" in any valid sense of the word? Or a 1936 Chrysler spray painted silver? Big Deal!

Candidly, I think 99% of so-called modern "art" is unworthy of the same name that is used for masterworks by Rembrandt, Picasso, DaVinci, and other true Masters of the art world. And this place does nothing to change that perception.

Even if you are in the area, there is no good reason to come here.

The Best Thing Here: The gift shop, where many of the items for sale show a great deal more artistic integrity - and basic good taste - than the garbage on display in the museum.

Visited April 2013
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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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“Fun day with lots to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Went to this park/museum with an extended family group. The grounds are beautiful with many very interesting sculptures.In our diverse group, we all found something we liked. There is also on indoor museum with both a permanent collection and rotating exhibits. There is food available in a nice little concession area (great gelato). DeCordova also runs workshops and other programs, so check before you go to see what is happening.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Always something interesting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We love the outdoor sculpture. We also enjoy the changing exhibits. Always something interesting here!

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Boston, MA
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“The Scupture Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This is a great place to spend some quiet time, especially on a warm, summer day. Also, there is a gift shop in the park that has interesting and unusual merchandise.

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“Hidden gem in the burbs.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a hidden gem in Lincoln, MA. The exhibits always tend to make one's mind think outside of the box and many times make one chuckle a bit.
During the nice weather, it is fun to meander through the sculptures on the grounds.
It is a great place just to walk and think and be away from the craziness of the everyday.

Visited February 2013
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