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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number: +1 617-566-1401
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A Venetian palace in the middle of Boston, Gardner's home is now a museum...
A Venetian palace in the middle of Boston, Gardner's home is now a museum displaying her impressive, eclectic collection of European, American and Asian art, including sculpture, paintings, furniture, ceramics and textiles. Visitors can stroll or rest in a spectacular skylit courtyard filled with plants and flowers.
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the GARDNER MUSEUM is just awsome. But take at least 2 hours to have a look

We visited the ISABELLA GARDNER MUSEUM in BOSTON/MA on May 16. Since we were 3 people aged 68, 52, and 24, with totally different views and likes/dislikes, I wondered if this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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SIDNEY BC, Canada
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SIDNEY BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We visited the ISABELLA GARDNER MUSEUM in BOSTON/MA on May 16. Since we were 3 people aged 68, 52, and 24, with totally different views and likes/dislikes, I wondered if this would be the right place for all of us. YES, IT WAS. This is not a museum as one expects, it is more the resting place for all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I was pleasantly surprised when my taxi pulled up to here. I kept thinking he was going the wrong way but in fact the new entrance is around the corner. This is part of the new Renzo Piano addition. Now I honestly think that Piano is a very conservative choice as his modernism is very staid and very to some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This unusual building was built to house this museum, and was wonderful. An eclectic collection of great artwork in an unusual, must-see setting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The sheer volume and diversity of artwork are overwhelming but very impressive. Knowing the art is displayed as intended by Ms Gardner makes the visit of even more fun. If you are trying to decide between which museum to attend in Boston--pick this one! Staff are friendly and prices are reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I have wanted to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston for 4 years while my son was a student at Boston University. Well, I finally got my chance 2 weeks before his graduation! I was not disappointed. A truly magnificent structure, I felt I stepped back in time. I decided to take the 1 hour tour which was given... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We absolutely loved our time at the Gardner Museum. The collection is so thoughtfully done and kept just the way Isabella Gardner curated it. The gallery itself is beautiful, set around a central courtyard. In each room there are cards explaining the history of the room and key pieces in it, and giving the basic information on every piece from... More 

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Port Washington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very unusual museum in that Mrs. Gardner created the collection and created the museum. Collection is varied and the rooms are designed to enhance the collection in that room. Interesting that they leave empty frames up where some paintings were stolen about10 years ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

Not a normal museum. The paintings are only part of it. The entire building plus every object and detail is interesting. True it's dark but that just makes finding hidden treasures more exciting. Go thru twice. Look up, down , behind. Look again. There are information sheets, but I preferred to just marvel at the profusion and variety that she... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

There are three floors of historic art and literary pieces. Each room has a theme and each room has a special beauty to it. The outside court yard and gardens are beautiful. If you are looking for modern art this is not the place for you. Most of the pieces are from the victorian era or before. For example there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Having spent a week in the City we move on and by chance our last visit was to the ISG Museum. Well, what a way to go, we were simply blown away by this treasure trove. A great mixture of very good items, mixed with some more quirky objects, but all collected by this astonishing lady. Having been lucky enough... More 

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