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“Do you love outdoor art installations?”

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 11 August 2014

This is a beautiful park with a wonderful selection of outdoor art installations and sculptures. It would be difficult to navigate the grassy terrain, if you have any mobility issues. The grounds are a little hilly and a little grassy. I have been here numerous times and every time I go I really enjoy the modern, innovative installations. I recommend it for Burners and art fans. If you are in the Boston area for a week, it is worth the trip out of the city! The indoor collection is a nice collection too.

Thank C S
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Visited the sculpture garden on a beautiful summer day. The grounds are very well cared for. There is a senior and active duty military discount. The museum contains more modern art than I am interested in. However, the works are well presented and there is a feeling of real openness when walking around. There were a couple interesting exhibits which the docent made a nice presentation about. The staff was universally helpful and pleasant. The outside sculptures are what we came for. Some are truly fascinating (McCarthy's massive work) but some are not (Andre). You can access fuller explanations on your mobile phone which we found helpful. Depends on your taste. We viewed the museum as an experience to broaden our understanding of art. However, we prefer other types of art.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

VERY modern art spread out on beautiful grounds. Lots of families with kids, but since you were not allowed to touch the sculptures in any way, they had to be told over and over not to climb on them. Great for adults on a nice day, but be prepared to walk outside a lot - so weather matters. The museum was very small and not very interesting.

1  Thank Amy C
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

When I was growing up in this area, DeCordova offered art classes and an art camp in the summer. Sadly, that no longer happens. However, they have turned the grounds of this beautiful semi-rural museum (in an extremely affluent town) into a beautiful sculpture park. The Museum itself has been upgraded and expanded since the 1960's and the exhibit when we were there was wonderful. It's in a beautiful location and the view from the deck on top of the building is lovely, especially on a clear day.

Thank rzoe
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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.

1  Thank Clarissa_7
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