DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park

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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Side view of deCordova Museum with trees surrounding it
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park is located in Massachusetts
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Location of deCordova in Massachusetts
Established October 10, 1950[1]
Location 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°25′52″N 71°18′41″W / 42.43108°N 71.31143°W / 42.43108; -71.31143
Director Dennis Kois
Public transit access Lincoln stop on the Fitchburg MBTA Line

The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a sculpture park and art museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts focused on modern and contemporary art, and holds a collection focused on work in all media, especially works by artists with connections to New England. The photography collection is particularly strong and the exhibitions program emphasizes sculpture.


Julian de Cordova, a Boston businessman, had a personal collection of visual arts that he often opened to the public. He donated his property to the town of Lincoln in 1930 with the condition that it become a public museum of art after his death. De Cordova died in 1945. The trustees he appointed determined that the museum should focus on living regional artists and art education,[2] and it established the DeCordova and Dana Museum and Park in 1948. It opened to the public in 1950. The founding director of the museum was Frederick P. Walkey, whose innovative concepts for a regional museum of living art combined with art festivals, camps, and classes helped establish a new model for small regional museums in the United States.[3] It was popularly known as the DeCordova Museum, and it officially changed its name to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in 2009.


Rain Gates by Ron Rudnicki in front of the DeCordova Museum Store in 2010

Its highlight is a 35-acre (140,000 m2) park overlooking Flint's Pond (also known as Sandy Pond) with approximately 60 outdoor sculptures and installations; it also has several indoor galleries with a rotating series of special exhibitions, gift shop, cafe, and function spaces. The park's permanent collection is small but important, including works by Antony Gormley, George Rickey, Alexander Liberman, Nam June Paik, Dan Graham and others. Additionally, prominent works by Ursula von Rydingsvard, Sol LeWitt, Gary Webb, Jaume Plensa, Jim Dine and other artists are displayed on rotating loan, and the park features rotating installations of new and site-specific contemporary work.


  1. ^ "About deCordova". deCordova. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  2. ^ About DeCordova at the Museum's Web site
  3. ^ About the DeCordova Sculpture Park at the Museum's Web site

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