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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 #25 of 194 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Gardens, Museums, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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98 reviews 98 reviews
40 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Isabella Gardner museum has a world class art collection of paintings, sculpture, tapestries and decorative arts from Europe, Asia and America. The admission fee is discounted to those wearing Boston Red Sox memorabilia, and is free to anyone named Isabella.

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Newton, MA
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13 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Went here with some friends for a 5 hrs on a weekday. Got there around opening time. The admissions staff could not be friendlier. Coat check is FREE, so no reason to complain about carrying your coat around. This is not a place for children under 11 or 12 so leave the toddlers at home. There is no children play... More 

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Perth, Australia
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Wow, we wish we would have had more time to spend in this beautiful place. We arrived late and only had 2 hours to see as much as we could. The only complaint I would have is the security who constantly hound you if you take off your jackets or removed your backpack. You have to wear your backpack (mine... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

We were disappointed with this museum. Maybe they are protecting the paintings but the lighting was so poor we couldn't see to read the information on the pamphlet. The exhibits are not labeled, you will have to guess at what you are looking at. They had the heat at about 80 degrees inside so we removed our coats but we... More 

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Rego Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The Gardner has a wonderful collection of Old Master paintings and drawings that is displayed in a rather eccentric way. The chief spectacle of the museum is the house itself, with an enormous interior Venetian courtyard that acts as a frame for the collection. The paintings are displayed in a way that makes them seem crowded and on top of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

If you have some time to spare in Boston and are interested in widely diverse art and artefacts representing art through the centuries, this is the place to go. The extraordinary "palace " and the recently opened new wing house the collection, indoor garden, library, a good restaurant and an education centre. The staff, many volunteers, are erudite and extremely... More 

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Buffalo, NY
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We just got back from Boston. We visited the Gardner and walked away so impressed that I felt compelled to write this review. Upon opening the tripadvisor's site I was much surprised to find 17 negative reviews. I suspect that the authors did not appreciate the history behind the museum or the reasons why things are the way they are.... More 

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Suffolk, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I really enjoy visiting this beautiful house museum that interestingly displays the collections of Jack & Isabella(mainly) Gardner. The addition of a modern wing to the back of the early 20th C "Venetian" house helps with getting visitors into the museum in a timely way. It has really helped with the addition of a better elevator, nice LARGE bathrooms and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We recently visited on a cold Boston day. Having seen some brief information on the museum I still had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised! There were so many collective and famous pieces of art and history all together. How does one person collect all that! They were displayed in different theme rooms which in itself made... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The garden was beautiful and worth a visit. I am a college student so the admission fee was cheap. ($5 with student ID shown) It's not one of those priority tourist-destinations, but if you have time and are interested in arts, I would recommend it. If you get easily bored and already have been to a number of different famous... More 

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