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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
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

A magnificent museum ....and I don't usually do museums but guide book said it was very different and it was. What an interesting lady this Isabella must have been...one to invite to your dream dinner party. An amazing insight into the wealthy of Boston and what they spent their money on.

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Melbourne, Australia
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Loss of masterpieces to a burglary has robbed this museum of treasures but it is still well worth a visit though somewhat idiosyncratic in its arrangement. There are far more enjoyable museums but this has its own eccentric personality and a good bookshop for art books.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Great mansion-turned-museum in Boston! In a collegey part of town, so there's lots of pedestrians and parks and shops nearby. There's minimal information with the art, but I enjoyed it because it forced me to take in the art for what it was. It's arranged somewhat in categories, but because it was done by Isabella Stewart Gardner herself, it's not... More

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Austin, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Look, I love museums. I work in museums. I respect the differences in presentation and interpretation amongst all of them, but I was very disappointed with this place. I understand that Isabella Gardner specified in her will to leave the museum as is after she died, but I honestly believe she would think differently if she was still alive. Her... More

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I love this small museum! It was a home to Isabella Stuart Gardner and is filled with beautiful art and artifacts. A wonderful way to spend the afternoon or evening. Check the schedule as they have concerts there as well.

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Sydney, Australia
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201 reviews 201 reviews
133 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I was really looking forward to my visit to this museum but went away very underwhelmed unfortunately. Whilst I appreciate the eclectic tastes and styles of Ms Stewart were embodied into the museum it makes it a quite inaccessible experience in my opinion. Very poor lighting, overcrowding of exhibited items, inadequate explanations of exhibited items and a number of other... More

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San Francisco, CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I wrote a negative review of this museum back in 2008 and received "feedback" from someone who is apparently very protective of this museum. So, on a recent trip to Bostom, I figured I should give it another chance. I stand by my previous review. This is a lousy museum with bad lighting, poor organization, and significant over-crowding with some... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is my favorite art museum in Boston. I love the building and love the feel that in the main building you feel like you are visiting someone's home -- which is was for many years! The new addition has a totally different feel -- modern, but lovely cafe and shop along with special exhibition spaces.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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183 reviews 183 reviews
42 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This is a museum of Isabella Gardner's art collection. So there are bits of everything that they collected over the years. The rooms are rather haphazardly arranged and the guide said that the museum is not allowed to change anything due to the terms of Isabella's will. So how Isabella arranged it is what we get. Hence, there are various... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I had heard good things about this museum but didn't do any research in advance of visiting so I was blown away by the scope and style of the house and all of the amazing things in it. Definitely worth the price of admission and a visit!

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