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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
  • What You'll Find
  • Facilities
  • 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.

Currently the grounds of deCordova are open in a controlled manner to limit overcrowding. The buildings are closed until further notice. Timed passes are currently available here.

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.

Admission & Hours

The grounds are currently open in a controlled manner to limit overcrowding. Advance timed passes are required. Passes are not available on site.

Passes are $15/car
Trustees Members, Lincoln residents, and active duty military are always free

To purchase or reserve your pass, please click here.

Directions

51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
Phone: 781.259.8355

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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.

See highlights from our Permanent Collection here. 

Facilities

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.

Venue Rental

DEWEY FAMILY GALLERY AND SCULPTURE PARK TERRACE

Dewey Gallery Exhibiton

Contact Lindsay Leete at 781.259.3661 or decordovaevents@thetrustees.org

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. You can preview exhibitions on view in the Dewey Family Gallery.

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.

Capacity

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 and nighttime rentals. A boxed lunch in the Library or lunch in deCordova Café, located across from the Library, can be arranged. Weather permitting, your guests may enjoy lunch on our outdoor Sculpture Terrace.

Capacity: 25 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.

Maximum of 4 hours

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.

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Work from Home Ceramics

During the entire month of September, join us for a new at home deCordova ceramic workshop. The majority of work will take place at home, with two firing dates available. Signs ups are accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.
Ceramics

Advance Passes

The deCordova grounds are currently open in a controlled manner to prevent overcrowding. Advance passes are required.
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Upcoming Events

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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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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