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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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Electic mix from a personal art collection

We decided to visit this museum because we arrived too late to properly tour the Museum of Fine Arts not far away. I was very happy with the eclectic mix of curated pieces and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We decided to visit this museum because we arrived too late to properly tour the Museum of Fine Arts not far away. I was very happy with the eclectic mix of curated pieces and the history behind the collection. It was a nice size, not to overwhelmingly big or scare

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roslindale ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We used a Groupon to save a few bucks. Truly enjoyed roaming around for 3 hrs , so much to see you could spend alot more time here. Extraordinary collection of art, furniture ,tapestry's +personal items. Enjoy!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Have wanted to visit the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum for many years, and to finally get there was a treat. When we first approached on foot I was prepared to be disappointed, high walls around the place and a very modern entrance weren't what I had expected, but as soon as you left the entry area and entered the main... More 

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Binghamton, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Fascinating museum, have always wanted to go. The one problem with the Museum, was it is kept so dark, I think they should use some form of indirect lighting, still protecting the art, but allowing a better viewing. It is on 4 levels, but there is an elevator for the physically challenged. It was very sad to see the empty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Not very big, not very fancy and beautiful gardens make this a favorite of mine. The furniture is so ornate and of the period when fountain pens ruled! It's like walking into the past and having a glimpse of what Ms. Isabella's life and service was like. It was a sad day when this Museum suffered a robbery. Thank goodness,... More 

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Georgetown, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Isabella Stewart Gardner was left a fortune and started collecting art...several of the more famous pieces were stolen and the empty frames remain on display. The museum is in a stunning building with a beautiful courtyard in the center...the art is displayed in dark and dank rooms in a completely haphazard manner...no rhyme nor reason...the light flows in through open... More 

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Meers, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The history of this museum is enchanting as was Isabella Stewart Gardner. Learn about this wonderful woman and her impact in the art world and in the society of Boston. The museum itself is a work of art and the pieces she collected are outstanding. I recommend you plan to spend at least 4 to 5 hours here.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is just an incredible museum that had to create a wing for a restaurant and a store as there are bylaws that do not allow the original museum to be altered. Such a wonderful collection of art - paint, sculpture, furniture and thread - all surrounded by the rich history of the building and Isabella. The lunch and wine... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

OK, I think it is safe to say that Isabella Stewart Gardner, who along with her husband created this museum, was a character. The fact that her official portrait was done by none other than John Singer Sargent (her favorite artist, apparently) tells you a lot right away. The fact that there is some push from the museum to consider... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I really wanted to love this place having read the reviews. Truth be told, the gardens and new wing are nice but the actual original facility and the way things are displayed is not great. There are about a dozen wonderful pieces here (like a scavenger hunt, see if you can find them.) Mostly it's a wonderful center garden and... More 

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Additional Information about Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Address: Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number: +1 617-566-1401
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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