Visitor Guide

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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…

Tour Information
Directions
Explore The Neighborhood
Visitor Policies
Accessibility
Classes
General Questions

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Come See What The Buzz is About!

Staffed Hours:
Use a day pass, sign-up for membership, register for classes, ask general questions
TIME RANGE
Monday: 12:00pm–10:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm–10:00pm
Friday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Tour Times:
Tours that are free & open to the public leave at the following times each day:
SET TIMES
Monday: 2:00pm  &  8:00pm
Tuesday: 2:00pm  &  8:00pm
Wednesday: 2:00pm  &  8:00pm
Thursday: 2:00pm  &  8:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm
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. 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!

Tour Information

We’d love to show you around during the times listed above. 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.

What will we see on a tour?

Daily Tours
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.

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 outreach@artisansasylum.com to coordinate a group tour.

Directions & Parking

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. Parking is available in the Ames lot on Dane Street, just south of Tyler (click here for bird’s eye view). Please leave street parking for our residential neighbors, unless you are actively loading or unloading, or your truck or van is too tall for clearance into the Dane Street lot.

Outdoor bike parking is available just outside of Artisan’s to the right of our front door.

There are two T stops a mile away from the Asylum:

Harvard Square (Red Line): Click here for walking directions.

Porter Square (Red Line): Click here for walking directions.

There are Hubway stops available at Porter Square and two blocks away from the Asylum in front of Conway Park. The 83, 85, 86, and 87 buses all stop within a few minutes’ walk. The 83 and 87 connect to Porter Square, while the 86 connect to Harvard Square.

Explore The Neighborhood

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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 spaceThe 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

 

Visitor Policies

Photography

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

Outside food and drinks are permitted in the social area and MPR1 of the Asylum.

Visiting with Kids

A few tips:

  • Strollers are permitted throughout the Artisan’s Asylum. For safety, please do not leave strollers unattended.
  • As the space is only available to those who are 18 years of age and over during staffed hours, tours and certain public events welcome those under 18 as long as they are accompanied by adults at all times.

Accessibility

The Artisan’s Asylum welcomes and endeavors to provide a positive, interactive experience for all visitors.

  • Artisan’s Asylum is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • Power wheelchairs are allowed.
  • Special Accommodations may be made upon request. Email outreach@artisansasylum.com prior to visiting.
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