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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
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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I have wanted to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston for 4 years while my son was a student at Boston University. Well, I finally got my chance 2 weeks before his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I have wanted to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston for 4 years while my son was a student at Boston University. Well, I finally got my chance 2 weeks before his graduation! I was not disappointed. A truly magnificent structure, I felt I stepped back in time. I decided to take the 1 hour tour which was given... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We absolutely loved our time at the Gardner Museum. The collection is so thoughtfully done and kept just the way Isabella Gardner curated it. The gallery itself is beautiful, set around a central courtyard. In each room there are cards explaining the history of the room and key pieces in it, and giving the basic information on every piece from... More 

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Port Washington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very unusual museum in that Mrs. Gardner created the collection and created the museum. Collection is varied and the rooms are designed to enhance the collection in that room. Interesting that they leave empty frames up where some paintings were stolen about10 years ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not a normal museum. The paintings are only part of it. The entire building plus every object and detail is interesting. True it's dark but that just makes finding hidden treasures more exciting. Go thru twice. Look up, down , behind. Look again. There are information sheets, but I preferred to just marvel at the profusion and variety that she... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

There are three floors of historic art and literary pieces. Each room has a theme and each room has a special beauty to it. The outside court yard and gardens are beautiful. If you are looking for modern art this is not the place for you. Most of the pieces are from the victorian era or before. For example there... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Having spent a week in the City we move on and by chance our last visit was to the ISG Museum. Well, what a way to go, we were simply blown away by this treasure trove. A great mixture of very good items, mixed with some more quirky objects, but all collected by this astonishing lady. Having been lucky enough... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Whether you've heard of the Gardner because of its infamous owner, Isabella, or it being the site of one of the most infamous art heists in modern times, once you've visited, this museum will be cemented in your mind for good! While the galleries with missing artwork are somber and heartbreaking, the sheer amount and variety that was managed to... More 

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We came here with a friend that highly recommended this museum. We could not believe what a beautiful well laid out museum. From the entrance with a greeting from one of the staff. To the start with this courtyard with flowers, trees, statues, and all changed every season. Then you walk up to all the rooms all laid out like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This museum is astonishing beautiful. Visiting the museum itself and the treasures within is like a mini trip to Europe. Stendhal supposedly became ill from the beauty of viewing art in Florence. I think that could happen in this museum. True that searching the laminated catalog pages was more difficult that reading labels on the wall but it added to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This was a surprise gift from Boston. We really didn't know what to expect in visiting the gallery . It was an amazing experience both understanding the amazing person she was , seeing the collection she had put together but also the amazing way she had incorporated it " into " the building .. It is a real sanctuary .... More 

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