deCordova Sculpture Park

Jim Dine, Two Big Black Hearts, 1985. Photo by Alison Abbott. DeCordova Museum

Jim Dine, Two Big Black Hearts, 1985. Photo by Alison Abbott.

Want to visit a museum, but don’t want to sacrifice being inside on a beautiful day? Alison Says…deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a great option for everyone!

If you have a car or access to a car, I highly recommend a trip out to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. deCordova is an indoor/outdoor museum. I went to the museum a few years ago with my parents, sister, and grandparents. The nice weather made for a wonderful visit.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum was established in 1950 and is the largest park of its kind in New England. deCordova differs from a typical museum in that it has an outdoor sculpture park. The park covers 30 acres and features over 60 installations.

Venusvine - Richard Rosenblum .Photo Katy Love

Venusvine – Richard Rosenblum. Photo Katy Love

Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park educates visitors about the outdoor art and creates a dialogue about the environmental and various environmental conditions.

Educational programming is offered to visitors of all ages and art knowledge. Programming includes interactive galleries, public and family programs, and a variety of informational tours.

Members can enjoy year-round activities, including birding tours, yoga in the park, snowshoe tours, and more.

Permanent Collection

Located in the Dewey Family Gallery, The permanent collection at deCordova holds over 1,500 photographs.  deCordova is proud to boast the largest museum collection of artwork by New England artists.

Jaume Plensa, Humming, 2011. Photo by Anchor Imagery.

Jaume Plensa, Humming, 2011. Photo by Anchor Imagery

Julian de Cordova

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is established at the former estate of Julian de Cordova.  De Cordova was born in 1851.  He was president of the Union Glass Company of Somerville, Mass, as well as an investor, merchant and tea broker.

In 1910 DeCordova remodeled his summer home (now the deCordova Museum) to resemble a European castle, taking inspiration from his travels.

He traveled around the globe, collecting any art that caught his eye.  In 1930, DeCordova gave his property to the town of Lincoln and wrote in his will that he wished his estate would become a public museum.

Rappaport Prize

The Rappaport Prize is awarded to an American artist with a tie to New England whom has both past accomplishments and a bright future.  It has been awarded annually since 2000 through the generosity of the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation.

Fun Fact: deCordova is home to the only preschool in a contemporary art museum in the United States.

Visit deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s website for more information.