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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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Best attraction in Boston

This is an amazing museum. We could not decide if we loved the collection or the architecture the most but it doesn't matter as both or either are well worth a visit. The visitor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing museum. We could not decide if we loved the collection or the architecture the most but it doesn't matter as both or either are well worth a visit. The visitor experience was also relaxed and pleasant. We visited on a Thursday so there was music in the courtyard and extended opening until 9pm.

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Warren, NJ
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The museum is behind and slightly (west) down the street from the Museum of Fine Arts. Get off the Green-line (E) at the Museum of Fine Arts, walk the street to the left of the MFA museum, and follow the curved street right to the IS Gardner. An outstanding personal collection of art on display in the original setting (of... More 

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Leicester, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We visited as a group. Be sure to get a guided tour as this adds to the enjoyment of the museum. We had a wonderful older man who seemed to love the museum and Mrs. Jack. He was very informative. The paintings were very interesting and the couryard on a sunny day was charming. Roberta, another friendly guide, was very... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Isabella did not want people to view art with labels...at first I found this disconcerting but then, got into it. And things are mixed together.....you walk into a room and the Rembrandt isn't front and center....you end up "bumping" into it and it is more dramatic when you say OH MY GOSHHH That's a Rembrandt!!!! The way the Goya is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I didn't love the art, but the building and the history is a must see. Across from MFA- it is fascinating to see how Isabella lived. The cafe is nice too.

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Amherst, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a very unique museum. Strolling causally, it is a relaxing experience. So much to see. The most striking is the gorgeous open courtyard as viewed from the upper level. ( no photographs). When we visited it featured hundreds of stunning Agapantha and interesting artifacts. It is changed for the seasons and I understand it is amazing during the... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Although there is a beautiful spacious courtyard, the rest of the museum leaves much to be desired. The light levels are so low that one can hardly see the works. This is not true for any other art museum I've been in, so why do they have to keep the levels low here? Also photographs aren't allowed, unlike most other... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've been to this museum several times, and every time it is wonderful. It's unique in that the museum is, in fact, a house filled with pieces of art and artifact from around the world, where you're meant to wander, get close, and ponder the beauty of the art. There are no labels on the walls to tell you what... More 

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Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is by far one of the best museums in the Boston Area. The courtyard is a breath taking array of plants and artifacts, most appreciated in winter or in April when it is decked out with hanging nasturtiums. When walking through the museum, the eclectic mix of furniture and art is a little overwhelming but one of the free... More 

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Port Isaac, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This museum is unique for sure - at least in this geography. A trememdous place to feel transported, renewed and inspired. From the stunning collection of art to the tremendous architecture and colours that surreound it --- a MUST see. WIll be back for sure.

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