If you are already a member, day pass user, or Corporate Associate and have questions about your account, membership changes and cancellations, card access, tool reservations and availability, see the FAQ on our wiki.
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 tour times here.
What will I see on a tour?
We share information about our programs, services, community and organization while touring our over 15+ shop areas and visiting some of our member studios. We have a couple videos posted from tours as an example of what one might see on a tour of our facility.
I would like to bring my group/organization/school/program to tour Artisan’s Asylum. How do I set that up?
For group and off-hours tours, check out our group tours information page and submit a request through our form.
Where should I park?
Parking is limited, so we ask that anyone coming to Artisan’s to visit, for a class or to use our shops seek alternative routes. More info on available parking here.
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.
Do you have bike racks?
We do! They are located to the right of our main entrance under the trees and on the Ames Business Park parking deck on Dane Street. We do not have indoor bike parking.
What types of membership are there?
Please see our membership page for more information.
Let’s do this! How do I join?
All information about joining is here on our membership page.
Do you have any smaller day pass packages?
Five day passes is our smallest package. We’re excited to offer day pass options for access to our shops, but only if you are willing to invest in staying up to date on shop safety procedures, new tools and any changes to our policies.
Do I have to use my day passes by a certain date?
Yes – Day pass packages expire 90 days after the date of purchase.
Can I share my day pass package with other people?
No – day pass packages cannot be shared with other people and are not transferrable.
What kind of tools do you have?
We have tools for electronics, robotics, woodworking, jewelry & metalworking, welding, laser cutting, 3D printing, machining, bicycle maintenance, fiber arts, screen printing, metal casting 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. See our Tool Testing page for more information.
What is tool testing?
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 even for those with prior experience. See our Tool Testing page for more information.
What materials are available for general use?
Members are expected to supply their own materials. 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.
I’d like to purchase membership or day passes as gift for someone. How do I do that?
Because our facilities requires a level of commitment to be be trained and tested prior to using our shops independently, we do not allow membership or day passes to be set up or purchased as a gift. If you do wish to gift access to our facility, we recommend that you ‘make’ the gift experience yourself! You could give a prepaid credit card along with a thoughtful note explaining your intention or make a day of it and bring them in for a tour or public event. All we ask is that you please do not register on behalf of someone else as our registration requires members and day pass users to submit their legal signature in agreement with all of our member policies.
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. Any prerequisites for classes will be listed in the description of the class on the Eventbrite registration page.
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.
When are you offering X class again?
If a class is not available for registration, we are probably working with our instructors and shop leads to schedule and prepare for the next session of the class. The best way to find out about class postings is to sign up for our announcements mailing list.
I have a gift certificate. How do I register for a class or membership?
Are you looking for instructors?
Is there an age minimum for classes or membership?
Our public classes are primarily 18+, with some exceptions! See our Youth Policy for more details.
I am taking my first class at Artisan’s, what do I expect?
For all you need to know about attending classes at Artisan’s Asylum, check out this handy-dandy info page.
Is my class canceled due to bad weather?
See our Class Cancellations & Policies for information on emergency and weather related closures.
I’d like to purchase a class(es) as a gift for someone. How do I do that?
You can absolutely give the special gift of a making experience in one of our classes! You can purchase a gift certificate by going to our Gift Certificate page.
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.
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. See our Studio and Storage Space page for more information. Some restrictions apply.
Is there a waitlist for studio space?
Yes, currently there is a 1-3 month wait for a studio space. There is no commitment or fee to fill out our studio space waiting list. If we contact you and you’re not ready for a space, you’ll stay at the top of the list and will be contacted as spaces become available. Put your name down now!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I am starting a makerspace. Can I meet with someone on staff to help me with this?
First step is to check out our Make a Makerspace page for some basic information and resources. If you are local or are able to travel, the best way to learn about our space is to come by for one of our daily tours. If you have more detailed questions or would like to set up a consultation, email them to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have any upcoming events that are open to the public?
We have a number of open to the public, mostly free events throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events page. for more details on what’s up next.
I’d like to get in touch with someone on staff about X. What is the best way to do that?
You can contact any of our staff directly via email. All of Artisan’s Asylum staff also have weekly office hours; email contacts and links to sign-up via Google calendar appointment here on our staff page.
Do you provide any assistance for people to afford your services?
Our members have put together this list of resources and ideas to help you fund the cost of our services.
What do you have for kids?
Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian during visits and tours. Family programs are available for parents and children to attend classes together. View our Family Programs here to sign up.
Can I buy a gift certificate?
How do I redeem a gift certificate?
To redeem a gift certificate for a rental or classes, fill out this short redemption form.
Can we use photos of Artisan’s Asylum to inspire a makerspace in our community?
Sure! You are welcome to use these photos. Please credit Artisan’s Asylum.
We would like to use your space to film our kickstarter videos! Is that cool?
There is a minimum fee for film and photo shoots in our space. Contact email@example.com with your request.