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, check out one of our neighbors in the Innovation Village or Milk Row Creative Zone, or enjoy the shops and dining in Union Square!

Tour Information
Directions & Parking
Explore The Neighborhood
Visitor Policies
FAQs
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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/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!

Tour Information

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 submit the request form for off-hours and large group bookings.

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. 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. Review our Group Tours rate sheet here. Submit a request to book a Group Tour or program using this simple webform.

 

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
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:

 

Explore The Neighborhood

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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. Just steps from Artisan’s Asylum is a local craft brewery Aeronaut Brewing Company, the country’s largest cleantech incubator Greentown Labs, local climbing gym Brooklyn Boulders, and Canopy, a social impact coworking space.

Artisan’s Asylum is also part of the Milk Row Creative Zone. Within just a few blocks, you’ll find Cambridge Hackspace, the DIY enrionmental science community The Public LaboratoryParts and Crafts, a makerspace/unschool for makers under 18, Somerville Tool Library, a tool lending library, and The Somerville Media Center, our local community access cable television facility.

 

 

Visitor Policies

Artisan’s Asylum is a light industrial area. All visitors are required to check-in at our front desk, including guests of members. After signing in, you are required to wear a visitor badge and be escorted by a volunteer, staff or member at all times while in our facility.

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’ privacy policies and permission. When taking photographs, please consider fellow visitors. Photographs may not be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from Artisan’s Asylum. No tripods, or professional video recordings of people and location allowed without proper release forms and permissions.

Visiting with Pets

Only service animals are allowed to visit our facility. Other pets or animals are prohibited.

Visiting with Kids

Tours and certain public events welcome those under 18 as long as they are accompanied by adults at all times. Strollers are permitted throughout the Artisan’s Asylum. For safety, please do not leave strollers unattended.

Accessibility

The Artisan’s Asylum welcomes and endeavors to provide a positive, interactive experience for all visitors. Artisan’s Asylum is wheelchair accessible. Power wheelchairs are allowed. If you have questions or concerns about your visit, email outreach@artisansasylum.com.

Special Events

Although for some of our Open Houses and other events, visitors are not escorted at all times, we ask that visitors stay in designated event areas and obey all posted signs and directions of volunteers and staff.

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