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.
** Artisan’s Asylum is closed while we pack, move and install machines and tools in our new home. Want to support our journey? Join and follow along as a virtual member at http://artisans.fyi
Otherwise we look forward to seeing you in our new home in January 2022!
We’re not hosting tours at this time. Come January 2022 we’d love to show you around! There is no reservation required for our regularly schedule tours for groups of five or less. Typically, 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. Use the request form for off-hours and large group bookings.
Our daily public tours includes a walk through our 52,000 SF facility and an overview of most of our shops. You’ll be surrounded by various awesome projects located through the building in common areas and individual member’s studios along the way that include (amongst other things) robot sculptures welded out of upcycled metal, a giant metal clown face which once flamed on the playa, an homage to Dr. Who’s TARDIS spaceship, imaginary cartography, 3D printed minecraft sculptures, a robotic chair, and scarab beetles cast in bronze. 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.
We look forward to welcoming you to our space! You can find us at:
96 Holton Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02135
Phone: (617) 284-6878
Holton Street is parallel to Western Avenue, and we’re located between Everett Street and Antwerp Street (just behind Star Market).
We have limited parking available in our two parking lots at Holton and Antwerp Street. Street parking is also available for short visits. 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.
New Lyft customers can add the code ARTISANSASYLUM into the payment section and enjoy a $5 ride credit + we get a donation!
Outdoor bike parking is available just outside of Artisan’s to the right of our front door.
There are two T stops less than a mile away from the Asylum:
• Harvard Square (Red Line)
• Boston Landing (Commuter Line)
For biking access, there are Hubway stops available steps away at Brighton Mills
The 83, 86, and 87 buses all stop within a few minutes’ walk. The 83 and 87 connect to Porter Square and the 86 connects to Harvard Square. Plan you visit using the Moovit app here.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.