The Lab: Patterns

 
Patterns can be found in our homes, our schools and offices, our clothing, and the nature in our backyards. Sometimes patterns are so prevalent, we fail to notice them. They permeate our lives in ways both benign and magical.
 
From repetition to moiré effects, discover many of the ways that patterns enhance and decorate our lives in The Lab. Inspired by several of the exhibiting Biennial artists, explore how patterns play a large role in art, science, nature, and beyond, in this hands-on learning space.

 

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.
  • 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.