FAQ & Tips

 

Location

Where are you located?

We are located at 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143. We are a 5-minute walk from Union Square, a 20-minute walk from Porter Square, and a 24 minute walk from Harvard. Here is a link to directions and parking information.

Can I just drop in to see the space?

We offer tours at set times each day: see this page for a listing. If you would like to arrange a specialized tour or have a large group, please email outreach@artisansasylum.com.

Where should I park?

Parking is available around the corner on Dane Street. Parking is unassigned. We ask that Artisan’s Asylum members, students, and guests avoid parking on the street except for active loading and unloading. Here is a link to directions and parking information.

Are you easily accessible through the MBTA?

We are! We have several bus lines nearby and are walking/biking distance from both Porter and Harvard Sqaure T stops. See here for more info.

 

Membership

Let’s do this! How do I join?

Just stop on by the Asylum any time during staffed hours and one of our helpful front desk volunteers will assist you.

What types of membership are there?

There are monthly and daily memberships and between these two there are several different tiers you can choose from that work best for you. Please see our membership page for more info.

Do I need to be a member to rent storage and/or studio space?

Yes, storage and studio space is available for an additional fee to individual monthly members only. Some restrictions apply.

Do you have any smaller daypass packages?

Five daypasses is our smallest package because it is a fairly major investment for us to process new users. We’re excited to do it, but only if you’re going to be coming back!

 

Classes

I’ve never made anything before, is that OK?

Absolutely! Most of our classes are designed to teach people who have little or no experience with the topic. Our instructors and members are enthusiastic about their areas of knowledge and love to get new people making.

Do I have to be a member to take classes at Artisan’s?

No. All of our classes, tool trainings and testing are open to the public and do not require membership to attend.

I have a gift certificate. How do I register for a class using that credit?

Fill out this form to get started!

Are you looking for instructors?

Yes! Here is more about teaching at Artisan’s Asylum.

Is there an age minimum for classes or membership?

All of our classes and membership services are restricted to adults 18 and up. Children in the building as guests of members must be supervised by an adult at all time.

 

Tools, Equipment & Storage

What kind of tools do you have?

We have tools for electronics, robotics, woodworking, metalworking, welding, sewing, laser cutting, 3D printing, machining, bicycle maintenance and more. We have a list of our major equipment here.

Can I use Artisan’s tools without having to take a class?

Monthly and daily members have access to our tools but are required to demonstrate familiarity with equipment before being allowed to use it unsupervised through our tool testing certification process. This is both to protect our equipment and our members. Testing is for people ready to demonstrate familiarity and safe use of our tools. You may qualify for testing without training depending on your experience. Some of our tools require both training and testing despite prior experience. See our Tool Training & Testing page for more information.

Will I be able to store my projects?

Storage rental is available by the month to individual monthly members. See our Studio and Storage Space page for more information. Some restrictions apply.

What materials are available for general use?

Members are expected to supply their own materials. 3D printer material is provided for a per square inch rate. We do have a very productive scrap wood bin and a ton of small electronic components that are available for general use. Occasionally you can scrounge something good from the metal scrap bin as well.

 

What else?

Do you offer a program for company outings? Field trips?

We are developing programs for company outings, field trips and workshops. Please contact member-services@artisansasylum.com if you are interested in learning more about what we can offer.

What do you have for kids?

At the moment, due to limitations of our insurance coverage, we cannot provide programming for anyone under the age of 18. Children in the building as guests must be supervised by an adult at all times. We do recommend Parts and Crafts if you are looking for children’s activities in the area.

What kinds of donations do you accept?

We will gladly accept financial contributions. If you have tools or materials you think might of use to us, please email us at facilities@artisansasylum.com.

Can I buy a gift certificate?

Yes! We have gift certificates available here.

How do I redeem a gift certificate?

To redeem a gift certificate for membership, rental or classes, fill out this short redemption form. Please contact member-services@artisansasylum.com with any questions.

Do you have bike racks?

We do! They are located to the right of our main entrance under the trees. We currently do not have indoor bike parking.

I’d like to pay to have something built for me. Can you help?

We do not operate as a job shop here at the Asylum, but we do have a number of members who run jobs out of the space. If you’re interested in having something built for you, contact have-it-made@artisansasylum.com and you can see if anyone is interested in taking on the job. Artisan’s Asylum will make no recommendations and takes no responsibility for the quality of work arranged through the have-it-made list — we are simply facilitating communication.

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