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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number: +1 617-566-1401
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A Venetian palace in the middle of Boston, Gardner's home is now a museum...
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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A Unique Place

This is a wonderful, eccentric museum with some real treasures, chock full of items from many cultures and many ages. The café is excellent as is the gift shop; both are very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful, eccentric museum with some real treasures, chock full of items from many cultures and many ages. The café is excellent as is the gift shop; both are very "high end". The descriptions of the displayed items could be markedly improved as could the lighting. Overall- a highly recommendable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Had not been here in many, many years but did remember the splendor of it all. I was not disappointed. We took the audio tour so we could learn more about the artwork and overall museum. The $4 was well worth it! It takes about 2-3 hours to go through at a moderate pace. The courtyard is amazing, but the... More 

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Neptune, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We arrived with only an hour to view the museum. The employee gave me a map and suggested some areas to see. We purchased the audio guide but it was not very helpful. The artwork is not numbered so I am became very frustrated trying to match up the artwork with the number on the map and not all of... More 

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Kildare, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This is a fascinating museum, very eclectic collection. For me the highlight is the Moorish garden in the middle, beautiful flowers abound and it is very tranquill. Elsewhere, there are religious icons, portraits by Sargent and a magnificent shop. The restaurant looked very inviting too.

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Burlington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This museum is beautiful in many ways; the indoor center courtyard garden, the ancient Buddhist statuary, Christian art, tapestries, and murals. The originator of the museum, Ms. Isabella S. Gardner, was a Boston philanthropist giving to the cause of abused and homeless children as well as the arts. In her will she made this provision: If your name is Isabella,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

In my opinion this museum could be so much better and it was such a shame I did not enjoy my time. Firstly I found the visitor services team over zealous and insincere. Before entering the palace I had been directed 6 times by 5 different people. At the door, at the desk, at the door again, cloak room, by... More 

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Dannemora, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a charming place. I love flowers and antiques and this place had just the best of both. I feel I need to go back many times to be able to see everything. I recommend it to all.

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Monkton, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The combination of the many old and beautiful artifacts with the exquisite atrium garden is magnificent. The collection is eclectic and well displayed. The building itself draws visitors attention as well. The drama of the robbery in 1990 adds to the unique ambiance of the Gardner Museum. Well worth the price of admission.

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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Virtually unchanged since Isabella set this up herself back in the early 1900's, this museum is like stepping back in time. There is so much to see in every room, it is amazing. Each gallery is like a salon, full of textiles, statues, furniture, paintings and more. The center piazza garden is always beautiful year round. An absolute gem. Our... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A little surprised to find this only in the top #30 It's a beautiful place, steeped in character and intimacy uncommon with busier museums/collections. For me this usurped the Guggenheim in Venice, similar in that the namesakes resided there and the Italian influences on the buildings (Venice obviously but in Boston!) ... beautiful palace and courtyard, gardens simply stunning and... More 

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