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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 212 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The collection is a [2], as very few pieces are outstanding; and unless you love Veronese, Titian, and other Venetian baroque painters, generally underwhelming. (A few good Sargents.) The building is a [3], except for the interior courtyard, which is a [4]. The collection is displayed very poorly [1] - and cannot be re-hung, per Mrs. Gardner's bequest - but... More

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Washington, DC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

If you get to Boston this is something you should not miss. It is like being in Venice without the transatlantic flight. The garden is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, with majestic windows. The tapestries are fabulous. And, DO NOT MISS THE RESTAURANT. The cafe is open for lunch every day, and Thursday evenings for dinner.... More

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Paris, France
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Conceived by Isabella Gardner herself who decided to put her wealth in the promotion of arts, the building in itself is beautiful. Every room, every level is unique and most of them contain true master pieces. The museum is a piece of art itself. But even more importantly is its natural warmth. Don't miss a beautiful Zorn at the beginning,... More

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New York, NY
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

All I knew about this site before my last visit to Boston was that it was the home of a tycoon's heiress who amassed an enormous art collection and that there was a theft of more than a dozen works, including a Vermeer, which have still not been recovered. Finally found the time to see the Building - and it's... More

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Corning, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

When we were walking to the museum, we had to ask a few people that looked like locals where the museum was, but none of them knew exactly where the museum was. This gave us an impression that none of the locals went to the museum, and after visiting it, we understood why. The historic building, where all of the... More

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Mamer, Luxembourg
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

With Isabella Gardner who used her fortune to buy art and to build a house in Boston, this wonderful museum arranged around a beautiful courtyard offers a joyful messy interesting works. The museum's restaurant is a great place to eat. Two things not so great, 1) there is too much to see in the spaces and 2) we can't take... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This place really is amazing. It's like a Renaissance Palace, with a beautiful peaceful courtyard in the middle. The art itself isn't just stodgily presented like at the nearby MFA, but is surrounded by all sorts of eclectic items. You have to get the $4 audio tour to understand the significance of the items, because there are no signs. Even... More

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san diego
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89 reviews 89 reviews
40 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My teen daughter and I spent 4 hours in the museum and really enjoyed it. The guards/docents were knowledgeable and stepped over to point out special pieces to us. The restaurant is high quality and very delicious, not the usual museum cafe. Cost about $11 by taxi to the museum from the theater district (W Hotel).

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Museum is nice, would recomend it. Only remember, no bags, no photos and no phones. I got told off by staff for each of these despite no clear signage saying this. Also heard several others told off for trying to take photos. Only mention of this i could see was back of pamphlet in tiny writing saying no photos.

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Helsinki, Finland
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This place has a lot to offer. First of all, it's marvelously beautiful. Like an Italian palace of renaissance in the middle of Boston. The courtyard of the old wing is breathtaking and even if you don't much care for art, well worth a visit. The collection itself has some big names, but the actual pieces lack anything really notable.... More

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