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DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

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Address: 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
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+1 781-259-8355
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10:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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The DeCordova is one of the best places to visit/take visitors if you have nice weather and a car. The grounds are fabulous, and the art sneaks up on you as you walk around... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2013
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

The DeCordova is one of the best places to visit/take visitors if you have nice weather and a car. The grounds are fabulous, and the art sneaks up on you as you walk around. Indoors is great, too, but plays second fiddle for me. The view from the upper terrace over the reservoir is spectacular.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

The grounds and sculpture park here are terrific--creative, fun works amidst beautifully landscaped, rolling grounds. A true upper crust New England place minutes from Walden Pond and historicmConcord and Lexington. The museums collection is contemporary, interesting but sometimes difficult tomunderstand. Tip: take a guided tour when available. Then the current exhibition becomes understandable. The signs don't generally do the trick.... More 

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Acton, Ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

The De Cordova is a world-class museum & sculpture park where you can stroll the beautiful grounds and see great outdoor sculpture, then go inside & view compelling exhibits, including some that are kid-friendly & interactive. There is a cafe, too.

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South Berwick, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

This is a unique offering and has appeal for all ages. Go with an open mind, bring a picnic, a camera and wear comfortable shoes. The grounds are spectacular and the sculptures are wonderful as well as the museum interior.

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Millersville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

If you are touring the Boston area and would like to see something totally different check out the DeCordova Museum. Like any great art museum it will prompt discussion. Some of the installations are profound, others will seem absurd, but it will get you talking. The museum includes a sculpture garden that is fun to explore along with rotating art... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

The day we went was a little humid and the grounds were damp from previous rains, but the sculpture garden was still fun and filled with lots of interesting sculptures. The museum building (interior exhibits) itself was an added treat, and we enjoyed our refreshments at the cafe. It's filled with lots of visual and thought-provoking images - good for... More 

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MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

A great place to spend a day outside! Walking the grounds was enjoyable and there was lots of neat (and odd!) sculptures to check out, though the musical fence was my personal favorite. Even if you don't "get" some of the art, its still a pretty cool place to kill a day. Many places to sit and hang out too,... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

The Decordova is a gem. Located near Walden Pond, Drumlin Farm and the Gropius house. The installations in the outdoor park are always interesting, some timed interactive and just fun. It is great to take children too. There are walks you can take and they have classes and schools if you live near by. I cannot wait for my little... More 

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

This is my third visit to the deCordova, and each time I find something new to delight me. Both the sculptures outside and the art inside are engaging. Every time I visit I come back with a couple hundred photos, each more lovely than the last. There's a pleasant patio with tables & chairs beside the main building where you... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 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... More 

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