Artisan’s Asylum is a non-profit community workspace dedicated to the learning, teaching, and practice of fabrication. Our community shares fabrication tools, equipment, and expertise, offers affordable classes to the public, enjoys flexible membership and workspace rentals, and hosts speakers, special events and more. Want to get more from your visit? Take a free guided tour, enjoy shops and dining from the Union Square area, and more…
|Monday:||2:00pm & 8:00pm|
|Tuesday:||2:00pm & 8:00pm|
|Wednesday:||2:00pm & 8:00pm|
|Thursday:||2:00pm & 8:00pm|
|Saturday:||2:00pm & 4:00pm|
|Sunday:||2:00pm & 4:00pm|
Please refer to the regularly scheduled tour times above. Visitors may not access our facilities unattended.
Inclement weather and other closures: Our community calendar is always updated with closures. We ask that prior to visiting you always check our calendar to confirm that we are offering tours. If there is no tour event on our calendar it means there are no tours scheduled that day/time. During those times the facility is open to monthly members but the front desk will not be staffed. We also sometimes close for weather emergencies – check our listservs, blog and social media feeds for updates. Thank you for understanding!
We’d love to show you around during our tour times. There is no reservation required for our regularly schedule tours for groups of five or less. Please arrive 5 minutes early to check-in. If you need to request a tour at any other times than those listed above or for any tour group of more than 5 people, we do ask for an honorarium to support our mission. Please send an email to outreach@ to arrange your large and/or off-hours tour.
Our daily public tours include checking out our shared workshop spaces with a general overview of our equipment and capabilities along with visits to a few of our member studios. The tour generally lasts about 30-45 minutes depending on your questions and interests. Here are videos from recent tours. Thank you to Adam Savage and the Tested.com team and Bill Doran at Punished Props for checking us out and for the great footage.
Private & Group Tours
For off-schedule, private, or group tours for groups of 5 or more we ask for specific details regarding the time, date, and amount of persons of interest. We will do our best to customize your group’s experience depending on your interests and goals. You can email email@example.com to coordinate a group tour.
We look forward to welcoming you to our space! You can find us at:
10 Tyler Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, 02143
Phone: (617) 284-6878 Fax: (617) 718-1641
Tyler Street is parallel to Somerville Avenue, between Dane Street and Properzi Way.
We have limited parking available in the Ames Business Park on Dane Street. See this page on our wiki for a map and detailed parking policy information. We strongly advise that students, members and visitors take public transportation, use ride share services or bike to reach Artisan’s Asylum. Please plan ahead.
Here is information on available alternatives:
Please leave street parking for our residential neighbors, unless you are actively loading or unloading.
Logo designed by Miles Donovan | The Daily Robot.
Ames Business Park, the entrepreneurial epicenter of Somerville, is home to some of the most creative minds in the Boston area! Come see how this neighborhood with deep historical roots has transformed into the Innovation Village Explore and learn from the maker space Artisan’s Asylum, Aeronaut Brewery, the country’s largest cleantech incubator, Greentown Labs, and many more!
Artisan’s Asylum is also part of the Milk Row Creative Zone. Within just a few blocks, you can find Greentown Labs, a cleantech/greentech incubator, Cambridge Hackspace, a nearby hacker space The Public Laboratory, a DIY environmental science community, Parts and Crafts, a makerspace/unschool for makers under 18, Somerville Tool Library, a tool lending library, Aeronaut, a local craft brewery, Brooklyn Boulders, The local climbing gym, with co-working space as well, with art from members of the Asylum, and Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV), our local community access cable television facility
At Artisan’s Asylum, visitors are welcome to take photographs for their own use, of the Artisan’s Asylum building and common areas. However, photographing of individual work stations may be contingent on members’ policies.
No tripods, or professional video recordings of people and location allowed without proper release forms. When taking photographs, please consider fellow visitors. Photographs may not be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from Artisan’s Asylum.
Outside food and drinks are permitted in the social area and MPR1 of the Asylum.
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The Artisan’s Asylum welcomes and endeavors to provide a positive, interactive experience for all visitors.