General Information

Parking

For viewing of the indoor exhibitions, two accessible parking spaces are located just past the Museum’s front entrance as you start up the hill to the upper staff lot. If full, proceed to the upper lot, park in the accessible spaces at the top, and enter the Museum through the doors facing the pond.

For visiting the Sculpture Park, the Store, or The Cafe, accessible spaces are located directly across from the entrance to the Store adjacent to the parking lot.

Navigating

Click here for a digital PDF of our Park map and visitor guide. Note suggested accessible routes.

Mobility Devices

DeCordova welcomes your personal walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, and scooters.

Free manual wheelchairs are available at the front desk of the Museum on a first-come, first-served basis.

Museum galleries, the Store, and the Café are all wheelchair accessible; however, a portion of the Dewey Family Gallery in the Museum has three steps.

Please note that there are several areas in the Sculpture Park that are not fully accessible due to natural landscape features.

Service Animals

Service animals are always welcome both indoors and out.

Personal Care Attendants

Personal care attendants are admitted free of charge.

Restrooms

All Museum restrooms are accessible or have fully accessible handicap stalls. Family bathroom stalls are also located in the Museum building.

Two unisex, accessible, family bathrooms are available in the building that houses the Store and the Cafe.

Specialized Resources

For visitors who have low vision

Large print gallery labels can be found in binders at the front desk and in the reading area in the third floor lobby of the Museum.

For visitors who are blind or have low vision

Touch Tours are available of the Sculpture Park from April through November. These specially-designed tours are led by deCordova’s experienced Museum Guides and provide unique access to highlighted sculptures through tactile exploration. Please complete a School/Youth or Adult Group Visit Request Form or contact Donna Berube at dberube@decordova.org or 781.259.3603.

For visitors who are deaf or have hearing loss

A typed transcript of the audio content from our cell phone audio tour is available to borrow from the Front Desk and use during your visit. Please ask a Visitor Services staff member for assistance.

American Sign Language interpreters can be arranged for public talks and lecture programs or for public or private tours with at least two weeks’ advance notice. Please contact Donna Berube at dberube@decordova.org or 781.259.3603.

For visitors with Dementia

DeCordova is pleased to participate in the ARTZ Museum Network, a program designed for those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia and their care partners. To learn more about ARTZ tours, contact Donna Berube atdberube@decordova.org or 781.259.3603.

Increased Access to Cultural Insitutions

We are proud to participate in the Massachusetts Cultural Council's EBT Card to Culture Program, a collaboration between the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services' Department of Transitional Assistance. New in 2020 we are also participating in ConnectorCard Card to Culture, also part of the Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Health Connector. The discount is made possible in part by grants from the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, Concord Cultural Council, Lexington Council for the Arts, Wayland Cultural Council, and Weston Cultural Council. See the full list of participating organizations here

Big Brother Big Sister Program

Founded in 1963, BBBS helps children to realize their potential through an inividualized mentorship program. The "Bigs" are mentors who volunteer their time to see their "Littles". Littles are children living in poverty, in single-parent households, or facing other times of adversity. The greatest services provided by a Big are quality time and support. We are thrilled to join this program by providing a venue for matches and offering a specialized admission. Please present your card at the desk. 

Group Tours

Whenever possible, we are pleased to create specially designed tours for youth or adult groups. Please see School & Group Tours, then contact Donna Berube at dberube@decordova.org or 781.259.3603.

Family and Public Programs

Whenever possible, we are pleased to design or adjust our planned family and adult programs to be accessible by all. If you plan to attend a program and have special requests, please inquire to Sarah Brockway, Manager of Family and Youth Programs, at sbrockway@decordova.org or 781.258.6304.