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“Disappointing”

DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 19 May 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 were truly underwhelming. Sculpture garden likewise, sort of pretty but not too interesting. It's in a lovely and rather bucolic setting and it truly does seem the orientation is as a place for families to picnic and the sculptures are for kids to play on. There's nothing wrong with that but it's not a serious art venue. I say it's always good to know what you're really getting before you pay your $14 per. Doubt we'd go back unless they had an artist specifically of interest to us.

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Reviewed 16 April 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.

Thank Gus B
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Reviewed 16 April 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 a stuffy art museum. Try it!

Thank mountainstephen
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

This is not your 'typical' sculpture garden. Follow the path at your leisure and view a variety of wonderful and unexpected 'sculptures'. I think our favorite was the knights in the woods....you come upon them scattered there....and it lights the imagination. We were there on a rainy day but umbrellas solved that easily and we hardly noticed as we strolled the path. Take a look at the website for some examples but you will find the unexpected around each curve.
It is a thought provoking day out. There are rotating exhibits in the main building but we found the sculptures were really the highlight. Stop in the cafe for a cup of tea or coffee, etc.
(We didn't think to ask if they plow the paths in the winter so not sure how this would be for a visit with a foot of snow on the ground if they don't!)

Thank chimneysweep1912
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

I was disappointed as I was expecting a museum filled with oil paintings with fancy frames, some well known artist names, etc. - but I didn't find that. In a museum, when I see a piece of art I believe is interesting, I will look at it and recognize the talent of the artist and wonder how they did that. If one cannot figure out how something was created or it is just amazingly beautiful, one can leave the museum feeling satisfied. In the case of the items viewed both in and out of the museum, these thoughts had little bearing. I could easily see how the 'art' was created; for a few examples, one artist had string/wire hanging from the ceiling to a point just off the floor and this was in a vertical line and consisted of a number of these strings; another piece adjacent to the strings was an old quilt with holes cut out of it; outside, one finds an exhibit of stacked newspapers. There is no wonder how these were created - similar to exhibits where artists hang an empty frame on the wall, or have a blank white stretched canvas, or one that is entirely painted one color. There is no wonder here as to how these were created - just amazement that someone has done this and it hangs in a museum. Granted, there were some interesting pieces in the museum as well as on the grounds. I preferred the outside grounds and it is pleasant walking there. For those seeking regular art (oil, watercolor, acryllic, etc) with impressionism, realism, cubist and all the other forms, this might not be the museum for you. For those interested in contemporary or items described above, this museum would be worthy to check out; again, the grounds are nice to walk around.

Thank methuenma
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