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DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

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Address: 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773-2600
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+1 781-259-8355
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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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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... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Gus B
Lincoln, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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... More 

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Thank mountainstephen
Manchester, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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... More 

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Methuen, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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.... More 

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Thank methuenma
Brookline, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

My boyfriend and I visited the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum this past weekend after stumbling across its listing on Trip Advisor's "Best Kept Secrets" page. We decided to pair a trip to DeCordova with a lunch in Concord, MA (as Lincoln and Concord are just a ten minute drive apart). After lunch we arrived at a little after 2:30pm... More 

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Thank Morgan K
Long Island, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2013

This fabulous find is a hidden gem in the Boston area offering great art in a spectacular setting. My husband and I enjoyed a visit here last Friday and spent a most enjoyable day wandering the grounds, exploring the sculpture outside and exploring the museum with its fine exhibits. I would definitely recommend this sculpture park/museum if you are in... More 

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Thank Audra631
Waltham, Massachusetts
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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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Thank Margo M
Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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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