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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
+1 617-566-1401
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As featured in 3 days in Boston
Ranked #29 of 213 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums, Gardens
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the Fenway area of Boston features a fine art collection housed in a building that is a work of art in... more »
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This museum is unique and lovely but I must say that attempting to complement one's gallery visit with a simple afternoon coffee is anything but a lovely experience. While the cafe's focus is (and should be) serving meals, there seems to be no good reason why museum visitors who would like to enjoy a cup of coffee at 3:00 shouldn't... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The house per se is wonderfull. Very interesting art collection inside. Each room is decorated and has art masterpieces as well as furniture, etc., according to a period in history. Example: Middle Ages, Barroque, etc. A must see. Great shop also to buy some mementos!

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Cabries
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is well worth a visit and is in such an extraordinary building. The art work is really eclectic and hung just as Gardner stipulated - not always easy to see as some of the rooms are very dark and you have to pick up laminated sheets to find out what is what - but a really interesting place to... More

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Bronx, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

A completely different set up and experience for a museum and had not changed since Isabella opened the museum..def worth visiting

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ann arbor, mi
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

You just have to trust me and make this a priority for your trip to Boston. There's a big story about this museum, being the site of the biggest art heist in history and the empty frames still hanging in the spot where the paintings were taken. But, that's just one reason to go. You can spend a lot of... More

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San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I loved this museum in all its quirkiness and have been wanting to visit for years. So glad I finally made it and I wasn't disappointed. Yes it is dark and jammed with so much stuff it can seem overwhelming. Read about it before you go. It was a collection put together by a couple in the late 1800s with... More

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Greensburg, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I love this place. In addition to great artwork, the whole experience of visiting the building and it's quirkiness, is worth the trip. The new addition also makes it much more welcoming and adds a little light to the dark original building. The only bad thing is it really is hard to see some of the works with the poor... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I have read about this museum through the years and was also interested in the art theft that happened 24 years ago - still unsolved. The house is an amazing hodgepodge of art that all goes together somehow. The art works are not marked, you need to review the cards in each room to ID the works. There is so... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a time capsule. You feel like you are walking into this talented woman's life and meeting John Singer Sargent and all of the artists she was friends with. I have never seen a collection of art so thorough across all mediums, from lace to furniture to frescos to paintings. Even the museum attendants seem... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This museum is a little overshadowed by the MFA, but while it doesn't have as extensive a collection it is more interesting to visit because the building is as interesting as the collection. You see the artworks in a palatial building, the way they were intended to be seen.

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