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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number: +1 617-566-1401
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Ranked #26 of 195 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Gardens, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: A Venetian palace in the middle of Boston, Gardner's home is now a...
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Type: Art Museums, Gardens, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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192 reviews 192 reviews
59 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Here is a magnificent building, unlike anything else in the northeast. It offers an interesting assortment of artifacts, paintings, architecture and botany. But...poorly lit, The explanation we got is that they want it to replicate the way it was lit when Isabella was alive; in other words, candles. If that is the case, they should also be wanting to add... More 

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Stockton
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This little museum is an absolute gem. Set up exactly as Isabella had it when she lived here. Bernard Berenson chose all the art so it's especially strong in Italian Renaissance. The new addition really frees up the space, which can be tight. Surprisingly, an excellent restaurant too. Expensive but superb.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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18 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

I had not been here in over 20 years and wanted to see the new wing so decided to visit today. It is even better than I remember. It was a cloudy day which honestly made some of the rooms in the museum seem darker than they really should be as it made some items rather hard to view but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I really enjoyed visiting this museum however the display of the work left me squinting. I wish it would be possible to raise the light level without damaging the art works. The gardens were exquisite and the building history was amazing. She was quite a determined woman to organize this structure and her art works into such a unified presentation.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I had never heard of this museum before reading about it on Trip advisor but what a little treasure! Isabella Stewart Gardner May no longer be with us but she lives on in this beautiful garden and house.

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is my favourite place in Boston to spend an afternoon and soak up culture. Beautiful building, outstanding art.

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

This museum is a jewel box. The old wing is architecturally interesting. Start on the third floor And make your way down.nTake an occasional glimpse at the central courtyard and garden. Life the velvet protectors and enjoy the literary correspondence and the many surprises hidden throughout. Afterwards, visit the new wing for a delightful lunch or snack.

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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've had the opportunity to be at the museum a couple of times. It has a marvelous collection of paintings, scultures, jewelry and many more objects from around the world. At the entrance of the museum there is a room which has its walls covered with talavera tiles from Puebla Mexico. And I also found a couple of paintings with... More 

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ontario, canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

A very interesting collection that is displayed as it was...even with some empty frames on the walls where work was stolen, as they are not allowed to change ANYTHING. Very interesting. The ability to walk through the house in itself is amazing, but the addition of the art and artifacts makes it really worthwhile. The guards are very uptight (I'm... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Although this museum is quite small, leave yourself several hours to explore it's nooks and crannies which are crammed with art. It's also worthwhile eating in the café and exploring the eclectic gift shop. The museum is modeled after a Venetian palazzo, one of the founder's favorite places; she lived on the top floor during her lifetime and there are... More 

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