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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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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

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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My Wife's Favorite Place in Boston

We had never even heard of this museum, but the tour guide at Fenway Park told us about it. So glad he did! This is an amazing story of a woman who collected art and furnishings... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ross S
Springfield, Missouri

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Springfield, Missouri
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had never even heard of this museum, but the tour guide at Fenway Park told us about it. So glad he did! This is an amazing story of a woman who collected art and furnishings from all over the world and saved them for the public to see. The are priceless paintings and furniture staged in the huge home... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We can walk to the museum in 20 minutes but rarely do so. Last Sunday we did, We got there before 12 PM and had an excellent lunch at the cafe. The mimosa was more than satisfying and the choices were perfect for a pescatarian and an omnivore who leans towards heavy protein. We then strolled the building at our... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's always a pleasure to visit the ISGM, and this was my first visit since the lovely addition. The new entrance is very welcoming, and the staff was so friendly and helpful. It's clear everyone loves working there. A museum that is so much the product of one person's vision (and such an interesting woman she was) is a real... More 

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Bow, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is a real treasure! I visited last summer after 45 years when I went as a student for my Art History class. The paintings and atmosphere are priceless and timeless - the paintings are left just as Ms. Gardner specified. The inner courtyard is gorgeous with regular refreshing of flowers. Don't miss this museum!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Such a perfect gem, Mrs. Gardner's vision of an ideal place to enjoy great art. Just the view of the courtyard fills all your senses. Meander through slowly, so you don't miss such collectibles as a standard from Napoleon's army or the ceiling frescoes. New wing has improved gift shop and restaurant. I try to go at least once a... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Perfect elegant museom...eat lunch or brunch here, and any music offered, anytime. I went for Carlo Crivelli, three days in a row, with leisurely lunches. Lucky me.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this charming museum in the middle of winter and were amazed by the gorgeous gardens in the courtyard. Each room is filled with incredible works of art; we did not have time to rent the audio tours, but next time we will. We relied on the maps provided in each room to find the highlighted "masterpieces." Don't miss... More 

Thank linda g
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was reminded how lovely the Issabella Stewart Gardner Museum is to visit recently as we had s friend visiting from Australia and we wanted to show her something uniquely Boston, the museum did not disappoint! I relived the thrill & surprise of entering the museums courtyard through my friend's eyes & was proud to call Boston home where we... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great spot to spend a cold, windy day. The interior courtyard is as amazing as the artwork. Beautiful views of the Back Bay Fens from the huge windows. The attendants in the rooms are very friendly and will try to help you find an answer to any questions you may have.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The art collection is incredibly rich and diverse, but the real joy of the Gardner is the experience of traveling through the rooms of this wonderful old house and imagining the joy Mrs. Gardner had in creating her collections and figuring out she wanted to display them. There are treasures and delights in every corner, but my favorite by far... More 

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Fenway / Kenmore
The Curse of the Bambino may have ended years ago, but loyal Red Sox fans will continue to infiltrate this home to historic Fenway Park, where you can find victory banners, people yelling in stereotypical Boston accents, and lots of sports bars. Located within Kenmore Square, the old gas station Citgo sign is another Boston skyline classic seen throughout the city. In addition to a hectic and diehard sports mentality, this neighborhood is also home to some of Boston’s many universities. Move from Boston University territory to that of Northeastern, and spend time at the famous Museum of Fine Arts. For more culture, check out the smaller but equally beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Continue off the beaten path and check out the green space in the Back Bay Fens, a pretty community garden. This diverse neighborhood has a mix of universities, sports, culture, and more residential green space.