Housed in the castlelike brick mansion of a wealthy, early-twentieth-century Boston businessman, the DeCordova Museum is dedicated to promoting appreciation of contemporary art by American artists, particularly those working in the New England area. An ambitious schedule of exhibitions attracts a large, loyal audience.
Outdoors on the museum’s beautiful grounds, the Sculpture Park features permanent and temporary sculptures, some of which are musical and most of which will intrigue the kids. Art in the Park is held in the outdoor amphitheater the second Sunday in June; it includes one hundred juried artists selling their work, concerts, and hands-on children’s art activities.
Check the museum for a schedule of events. The DeCordova Museum also offers family education programming called I Wonder, geared for children 6 to 12 and their families.
The tours of the DeCordova Museum are Sunday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for the Sculpture Park May through
October. The Sculpture Park welcomes pets and picnicking.
The cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
My teen aged boys got fresh air and a cultural experience all at once. I was surprised at the extensive collection. There is a small restaurant which is convenient. Go on a good weather day and enjoy the scenery. We were taken there by a relative who takes art classes there. I had never heard of the museum but it's special. I loved all the different types of sculptures.
The DeCordova Musuem is a fun and engaging place to introduce children to art! I love the Sculpture Park. The Museum has made its entire grounds open to invited artists to be inspired by and locate their sculptures. I really enjoy wandering around and being surprised by the discovery of yet another sculpture piece that I had not noticed before. It always makes me wonder how many I have missed during my multiple visits to the museum. It is a wonderful place to have a picnic and have the kids run around since all the outdoor sculptures can be touched and even climbed on in some cases. The indoor museum has multiple rotating themed exhibits, with quite a range from vernacular art to contemporary works of specifc artists. There are also art classes for children and adults in various media.