The Lab: Reflection

In Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room on the Pollack Family Terrace, natural light takes on cosmic form. Through holes in the walls of a mirrored chamber, pinpricks of light reflect and expand, transporting visitors to an infinite celestial realm.

In The Lab this season, we invite you to explore the science and magic of reflections. In one room, you can experiment with your body, blocks, dots, and outdoor views to discover expansive dimensions of space and time. Or read books about Kusama and the relationships among art, nature, physics, and the infinite. In the camera obscura room, you can become immersed in the effects of natural light projecting multiple images from the park onto the walls of the gallery.


The Lab is open during Museum building hours. Regular admission rates apply.

Enjoying The Lab

Safety and Comfort
Touching is absolutely allowed in The Lab, as well as in the Process Gallery and Reading Area on the 3rd floor. However, it is not allowed in any of the other Museum galleries.

Food and drink are not allowed anywhere in the Museum building. Please enjoy these in the Park or in our new Café.

Please leave The Lab for others as you found it. 

Location and Logistics
The Lab is located on the 4th floor of the Museum building on the hill (where the Café used to be).
(Note: the deCordova | Café is now conveniently located next to deCordova | Store just off the parking lot.)

When visiting The Lab, we suggest that you use front or backpacks for carrying young children.

If you need to bring a stroller, you can enter the Museum building either:

  • Through the front entrance facing the parking lot. You will need to take two different elevators to reach the 4th floor. Front desk staff can help direct you. 
  • Through the Pondside Doors on the far side of the Museum facing the Pond. You will enter the Museum building on the 3rd floor and will need to take one elevator to reach the 4th Floor.
  • UPDATE (7/9/18): The elevator to the 4th floor is temporarily out of order. We apologize for this inconvenience. 

Please bring strollers inside The Lab with you so that they do not interfere with the gallery exhibitions and group tours.

Please hold your children’s hands while walking through the Museum galleries to keep both people and art safe.