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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
+1 617-566-1401
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Ranked #29 of 218 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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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A combination of art and furniture in such a vast collection. The beautiful courtyard with a fantastic harmony of colors. My high of the Boston visit.

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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We decided to do something different than the Museum of Fine Arts. A friend suggested this great museum steps away from the MFA. Three floors of an incredible collection, along with beautiful gardens. I wish we had more time, so I would recommend at least two hours. Great cafe and gift shop. Not average by any stretch.

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Old Bridge, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

No photos allowed inside. It was interesting being in someone's private home that has been preserved and turned into a fine art museum.

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New Windsor, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Unique and amazing lifetime collection put together by an amazing and unique woman. I could spend hours just enjoying the garden in the courtyard. If you miss this you're crazy. We skipped the audio tour but if given the chance to return would recommend paying the slight fee for it. In every area there are detailed cards describing the contents... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

An eclectic collection presented as the donor intended. Loads of treasures. You get a discount if you visit the nearby Boston museum of art as well.

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Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This beautiful museum filled with an amazing collection of art is well worth your time and money. The museum is quite unique and was built by Mrs. Gardner's to house the art collection she collected over her lifetime. The atrium is modeled on a Venetian building the Gardners visited in their trips abroad to Italy. The lighting in the museum... More

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New Rochelle, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Lovely small museum located just a few blocks from the much larger and busier Museum of Fine Arts. It is possible to view this entire collection in one visit. There are a great many painting another works crammed into a relatively small space. There are stained glass window, furniture, rugs,textiles, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I visited the Gardner Museum this weekend with my mother in law. I only live 40 miles from the Garner but hadn't visited in years. Shame on me! A visit to the Garnder is like a breath of fresh air. First we visited the greenhouse where we met the master gardener in charge of the seasonal installation of flowers and... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Very interesting venue with and a mind-blowing variety of art & antique collection. The building itself is particularly amazing with a very impressive inner garden.

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NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

There's an abundance of artwork to see at the 3 level Gardner home/turned museum, but I generally found most of the rooms dark so it was hard to appreciate a lot of the art. Cards devoted to each wall within each room were available that identified the artist and piece. You just had to figure out whether you were looking... More

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