Six Things to Know About deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
A self-made man, Julian de Cordova left his Massachusetts home several times in the first part of the 20th century to travel around the world and collect art, artifacts, and anything else that caught his eye. His love of visual beauty extended to his summer home, which he remodeled in 1910 to resemble a European castle, drawing on his Spanish roots. In 1930, he gave his estate to the city of Lincoln, stipulating that it should become a public museum after his death.
Size: At 30 acres, the sculpture park is the largest in New England, hosting about 60 works.
Eye catcher: The Musical Fence is an interactive aluminum sculpture that visitors are encouraged to strike with mallets to create their own symphonies.
Permanent mainstay: Photography makes up the bulk of the permanent collection, including photographer Jules Aarons’s pictures of everyday life, which were curated into the In the Jewish Neighborhoods, 1946-76 exhibit.
Special programs: The museum is home to the Lincoln Nursery School, where 60 preschoolers get an up-close and hands-on arts education.
Best way to save money while saving the earth: Cyclists who bike to the museum get in free.
Four Things to Know About Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
It was in Concord’s Orchard House that Louisa May Alcott wrote her classic novel, Little Women. Many members of her family, who inspired the novel’s characters, also lived there at the time. Nearly 150 years later, visitors can tour this historic house, which has been maintained to look almost like it did when Alcott lived there. Before you drop in, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May’s father, loved apples. So since the house was placed amid an apple orchard, he named it Orchard House.
About 80% of the furnishings were owned by the Alcotts.
The house is only viewable by tour.
Little Women inspires much of the tour. You’ll be introduced to the whole family and their novel analogues, as well as many of the objects that held special meaning to family members.
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Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Whether you're looking for artistic inspiration or to brush up on your art knowledge, Papillon Park in Westford is the museum for you.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So this weekend, don't do the same old thing. Head to Papillon Park!
With the largest collection of Russian icons in North America, this museum gives its visitors a glimpse into an important part of Russian culture in play since the year 998. It houses more than 700 Russian artifacts, and also encompasses a research library and archive with a collection that spans six centuries. Onsite classes let interested parties delve even more deeply into the artifacts’ context and history, and the three-story building’s elevators and other amenities render it fully accessible to patrons in wheelchairs and on unicycles. Today, the museum spans 16,000 square feet and includes an old mill building, though over the years it has expanded to encompass extra gallery space, a tea room, and a performance area dedicated to cross-cultural understanding.
For those seeking a taste of some of the finest artwork in Weston, soak up the culture at Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History.
If preferred, patrons can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.