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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 #31 of 208 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Washington, DC
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

To me, the most unique jewel-box museum of the highest-caliber art! I could sit for hours just gazing into the enchanting courtyard of Isabella Stewart Gardner's home. The botany is heavenly and takes me away. The array of art of every type - paintings, inlaid wood and lapidary, tapestries, silk wall coverings, furnishings, sculptures, architecture, and painted leather. Oh my!... More

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was left saddened by my visit to this museum. It was cold, stone, dark and cluttered. Stringent rules and unhelpful staff did not lift my spirits. Apart from the garden which was lovely and the cafe which was fabulous, the remainder of this exhibition left me feeling sad for a woman who had lost her only child, then her... More

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Chicago
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128 reviews 128 reviews
12 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I first visited this wonderful museum more than 45 years ago and was captivated by it then as I still am today. It wouldn't be a trip to Boston without visiting this delightful gem. I'm partial to the old section where the pictures seem to have settled in their home rather than hanging in a museum.

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Mexicali, Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum has many valuable pieces hidden all over the place, so read cards describing the items on each wall. I really loved the personal touch she added to every square inch in this museum. Real special!

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El Paso, Texas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Fascinating and amazing every time. No matter how often one goes, there is something new and different you never saw before. The collection is rich and more eclectic than any other museum I've ever seen. I hadn't been there for 10 years, so seeing the new super modern facade was interesting. The restaurant was very expensive and ho-hum. It was... More

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Lincoln, Rhode Island
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It is a small museum with an amazing and eclectic collection. The creative Ms. Gardner has added her own spin...The colors of the walls and furnishings compliment the beautiful collection of textiles, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and more. The rooms relate to each other but can stand on their own.The viewer moves thru rooms of deep scarlet, cerulean blue, faded but... More

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Belfast
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Our hosts jane and Ben at the 1861 House suggested we go here so we took them at their word and took a trip out. It was 'Neighbourhood Night' so free entry. Yeah! Lots of artwork covering almost every wall space, along with furniture and tapestries. Personally I preferred the house itself (modelled on an Italian villa) even if it... More

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London, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Virtually next door to the MFA, this museum represents the sharing of a lifetime of eclectic art acquisition by its namesake, Isabella Stewart Gardner. It's rare to find high quality works on display outside the big art museums, but the Gardner is one of those rare places. I spent some time reviewing the Gardner website the night before, which has... More

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Iowa City
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129 reviews 129 reviews
79 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I wanted to like the museum more than I did, and I probably would enjoy it more on a second visit. It takes a little time to warm up to the layout and lighting which is not typical of other art museums. The courtyard is stunning and absolutely beautiful to see, but it is an exhibit off limits to stepping... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My 3 kids plus a Isabella niece drove out to Boston today to enjoy some art and beautiful architecture. It is really well maintained and there's some always near by to ask a question if needed. The kids ages were 11, 7, 4 and 1 all girls. They really enjoyed the museum and the workshop I signed them up for.... More

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