DeCordova Reopens Café with New Hours, New Menu, and Newly Renovated Courtyard


DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the new deCordova Café, now located in a central location next to the deCordova Store. The Café features an updated menu, expanded hours, and a beautiful Courtyard.

“We’re excited to reopen the deCordova Café and Courtyard to offer the community a beautiful space to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine with friends, or simply relax outdoors surrounded by art and nature,” says David Duddy, deCordova’s Deputy Director for Operations.

The Café

Features of the new Café include:

  • New location: The Café was moved from the fourth floor of the Museum building to a more convenient and accessible location in the heart of the deCordova campus. Now situated adjacent to the parking lots and next door to the deCordova Store, it can stay open even when the Museum galleries are closed.
  • New hours: The Café is now open early for breakfast during the week. Its new hours are 9 am–3 pm Monday–Friday, and 11 am–4 pm Saturday and Sunday. 
  • New menu: The Café menu includes sandwiches, salads, and soups made fresh daily in house. It also offers snacks, desserts, and hot and cold beverages—including beer and wine. For breakfast, patrons can enjoy warm pastries, quiche, and coffee and espresso drinks.
  • New design with more seating: The interior of the Café features a contemporary design with increased space and more seating than the original location, including long communal tables, small high-top tables, and cozy nooks. A selection of artwork by local artists from deCordova’s corporate art loan program is on display.

The Courtyard

Visitors now have the option to dine or relax in deCordova’s new Courtyard, which was renovated with the generous help of local businesses and community members under the leadership of landscape architect Natalie DeNormandie. Features include:

  • A steel and mahogany pergola planted with vines to provide natural shade over custom-designed farm-style tables and seating (by Maynard Design + Architecture)
  • A sculptural mahogany and granite bench (by WAH Design)
  • An art installation of steel discs on the long shingle wall facing the Courtyard, plus refreshed paint (by local artist Pauline Curtiss and her decorative painting company Patina)
  • New plantings—a rich mix of herbs, flowering shrubs and perennials, grasses, bulbs, shade trees, and ground covers (designed by Natalie DeNormandie of SegoDesign and FloraVerdura)

Over half of the Courtyard project was donated by local residents, designers, contractors, and other service providers.

Says DeNormandie, “The Courtyard project became a creative catalyst for a volunteer-led process that leveraged community members' varied expertise. We created community by working together—and the resulting Courtyard will be a gathering place within the Park for years to come.”

Café General Information

Hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–3 pm, Saturday–Sunday 11 am–4 pm (through December)
Location: 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA (adjacent to parking lots, next to the deCordova Store)
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted; guests are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free WiFi available.

The new Café project was generously supported by the Mass Cultural Council Facilities Fund.

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