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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Lincoln

30 acres

deCordova's mission is to inspire, educate, and delight with contemporary art from New England and beyond through sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • What You'll Find
  • Facilities & Accessibility
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres, 20 miles west of Boston. In 2009, deCordova changed its name from deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to emphasize its renewed focus on sculpture and to support the institution’s goal of becoming a premier Sculpture Park. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming.

Patrons of deCordova can enjoy year round activities in the Sculpture Park and Museum, including snowshoe tours, yoga in the park, nature tours, curator and artist conversations, and many special talks, screenings, and events. deCordova is also home to Lincoln Nursery School, the first preschool embedded in a contemporary art museum in the United States.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum takes strong precautions to protect our visitors and staff. Safety measures including: mask requirements, one way directional signage, gallery capacity limits, frequent disinfection of high touch areas, automatic faucets, and more have been put into place. Visitors will also find hand sanitizing stations located throughout the interiors of the building.

The Sculpture Park and Museum are open in a controlled manner to prevent over crowding. Advance passes are required and must be reserved online. Passes are released on a weekly basis. 

To purchase or reserve your grounds and indoor galleries pass, please click here. 

To purchase or reserve your grounds only pass, please click here.

DeCordova Store is currently closed.

You will be turned away if you do not have an advance pass.

Hours through October – Seven days/week, 10AM-5PM, last pass slot at 3PM

Massachusetts Cultural Council Foundation for Metro West

Ideas for Your Visit

There is something for everyone at deCordova. Visit ground-breaking contemporary art exhibitions and family friendly learning spaces inside the museum. Pack a picnic and spread out on 30 acres of trails, lawns, and gardens. Children will enjoy self-guided tours and scavenger hunts. Go into our app and learn about various sculpture throughout the park at your leisure or follow along with a digital tour.

Take a look at our current and upcoming exhibitions here.

View the Sculpture Park here.

See highlights from our Permanent Collection here.

Print out (or use on your phone!) our scavenger hunt, found here.

If you are interested in setting up a group visit, please reach out to Donna Berube at dberube@thetrustees.org.

The deCordova Store is currently closed.

 

Admission & Hours

The Sculpture Park and Museum are open in a controlled manner to prevent over crowding. Advance passes are required and must be reserved online. 

To purchase or reserve your grounds only pass, please click here.

To purchase or reserve your grounds and indoor galleries pass, please click here. 

DeCordova Store is closed until further notice

Passes are $18/per person

Trustees Members, Lincoln residents, and active duty military are always free.

Visitors with EBT, WIC, and Mass Health are eligible for free or reduced admission. Please use the code CARDTOCULTURE when prompted or email demarketing@thetrustees.org.

New England Museum Association members receive FREE reciprocal admission. Please email demarketing@thetrustees.org for more information.

If you are interested in setting up a group visit, please reach out to Donna Berube at dberube@thetrustees.org, or 781.259.3603.

Hours Through October
Seven days/week, 10AM-5PM, last pass slot at 3PM

The Sculpture Park and Museum are open all year long. We are closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Patriot’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

DeCordova is closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve if the holidays fall on a Monday or Tuesday. Otherwise, deCordova closes at 2 pm on these holidays.

deCordova | Store is closed a this time. 
The full café remains closed at this time.

Directions & Contact Info

51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
Phone: 781.259.8355

Get directions on Google Maps.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is located 20 miles from Boston, 15 miles from Cambridge, and is easily accessible from several major highways.

Note: If you are coming from points east on Route 2 West, please see this annotated map for the left turn onto Bedford Road toward Lincoln Center. You must loop around and cross over Route 2 in order to make this turn.

 

What You'll Find

DeCordova is internationally recognized as a major venue for the exhibition and interpretation of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. The Sculpture Park occupies the entire campus: 30 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, forests, fields, gardens, and terraces on a rolling site along the shore of Flint’s Pond in Lincoln, Massachusetts. At any given time, approximately 60 sculptures are on display in the Sculpture Park, which is open every day during the summer and Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter.

To see all current sculptures in the park, please click here. 

To learn about our exhibitions, please click here.

Explore our hands-on learning spaces here.

Print out (or use on your phone!) our scavenger hunt, found here.

See highlights from our Permanent Collection here.

Facilities & Accessibility

Restrooms are opened at a reduced capacity. Please follow all social distancing guidelines.

Please note that a small portion of the Museum’s Dewey Gallery is not wheelchair accessible.

Accessibility Features

wheelchair accessible bathrooms 

There are accessible bathrooms on the fourth floor of the museum, accessed by an elevator.  The bathrooms in the courtyard are not wheelchair accessible.  

When the store and café re-opens there are accessible bathrooms in the café.  

wheelchair accessible parking 

There are two wheelchair accessible spots next to the front entrance of the museum.  There are also a number of accessible spots in the main parking lot, for guests looking to access the store/café or Sculpture Park.  

After the completion of the pondside renewal, there will be a few accessible spots in the upper level lot for access to special events.  

wheelchair accessible picnic tables 

There are two accessible picnic tables in the Courtyard  

wheelchair accessible trails 

Most of the Sculpture Park grounds consists of grass and paved path/drive. There is one accessible pathway through the property, with other locations wheelchair friendly (with assistance). There are a few sculptures located in areas of uneven ground and steep incline. Andy Goldsworthy’s Watershed is accessible from the upper staff parking lot which has accessible parking available to visitors.

Museum
The museum building is fully accessible, except for a small portion of The Dewey Gallery.

Venue Rental

DeCordova offers a unique backdrop of contemporary art for an unforgettable wedding in its indoor and outdoor spaces. Enjoy cocktails on the Sculpture Terrace, dinner and dancing in the galleries, or plan a tented event in the park.

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DEWEY FAMILY GALLERY AND SCULPTURE PARK TERRACE
This combination of indoor and outdoor space overlooks the picturesque Flint’s Pond and can be used for daytime and nighttime events. The Dewey Family Gallery normally features artwork from deCordova’s permanent collection. Just outside the Museum, guests enjoy the stunning views from the Sculpture Terrace, which provides easy access to other areas of the Park. Use of the Terrace is included in the rental of the Dewey Family Gallery.

Capa​city

140 people for dinner and dancing

170 people for dinner or luncheon, no dancing

200 people for theater-style seating

200 for standing reception

RAPPAPORT ROOF TERRACE

Located on the 6th floor of the Museum with easy access from an elevator, the Roof Terrace is the perfect location for a cocktail reception and passed hors d’oeuvres. The Roof Terrace is usually available for evening functions only and can be rented in conjunction with other space in the Sculpture Park or Museum. The expansive views of Sandy/Flint’s Pond, the landscape, and the Sculpture Park provide a memorable experience for your guests.

Capacity: 100 people for passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails

DENORMANDIE LIBRARY

Located on the 4th floor of the Museum, the Library is the perfect location for small corporate meetings or retreats and is available for both daytime rentals. A boxed lunch from the cafe or a catered lunch can be arranged. Weather permitting, your guests may enjoy lunch on our outdoor Sculpture Terrace.

Capacity: 20 people

SCULPTURE PARK

Plan a tented event in deCordova’s 30 acre Sculpture Park. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Create a unique experience for your guests by immersing your event in art and nature.

Property Map

Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Please review our photo and video policy.

We welcome dogs, please keep them on a leash and pick-up after them.

Please note that a small portion of the Museum’s Dewey Gallery is not wheelchair accessible.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum takes strong precautions to protect our visitors and staff. Safety measures including: mask requirements, one way directional signage, gallery capacity limits, frequent disinfection of high touch areas, automatic faucets, and more have been put into place. Visitors will also find hand sanitizing stations located throughout the interiors of the building.

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Advance Passes

deCordova grounds + interiors are currently open in a controlled manner to prevent overcrowding. Advance passes are required. You will be turned away if you do not have an advance pass.
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History

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is located on the former estate of Julian and Elizabeth “Lizzie” de Cordova (1851-1945). The self-educated son of a Jamaican merchant, Julian de Cordova became a successful tea broker, wholesale merchant, investor, and president of the Union Glass Company in Somerville, Massachusetts. Although he married into the locally prominent Dana family of Boston, Julian achieved prosperity without the advantages of inheritance or social position.

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See What People Say

Spent an excellent few hours roaming the grounds at the deCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Ma. The weather was great and the art sculptures were enjoyable.

Jim C, Recent Visitor

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