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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
+1 617-566-1401
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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“art heist” (51 reviews)
“art theft” (26 reviews)
“empty frames” (84 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
Fenway / Kenmore
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+1 617-566-1401
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"art heist"
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"art theft"
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"empty frames"
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"eclectic collection"
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"new wing"
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"personal collection"
in 51 reviews
"venetian palace"
in 47 reviews
"central courtyard"
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"renzo piano"
in 46 reviews
"new addition"
in 73 reviews
"private collection"
in 39 reviews
"laminated cards"
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"venetian style"
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"original building"
in 41 reviews
"art lovers"
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"works of art"
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Reviewed today via mobile

I had been told years ago about the Isabelle Stewart Museum, and had never gotten there on previous business trips to Boston. On this pleasure trip, I made sure that I got there. My Monday was Museum Day, where I first went to the Museum...More

Thank lucille4
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This museum came highly recommended. After a visit of 3 hours, I know why. What an amazing collection of history and art! Each room of the “castle” will delight and surprise you. The central courtyard is simply gorgeous. A short walk from the train, I...More

Thank Gretchen H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s eye as an installation artist is as contemporary today, as when she arranged her art pieces before her death in 1924, “stipulating in her will that nothing in the galleries should be changed, and no items be acquired or sold from the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Super -wealthy Isabella apparently devoted her life and money to collecting art, then constructed a building to house it all....with instructions that nothing be changed ever. So today, we have massive collection of objects and paintings in relatively dark, crowded spaces. OTOH, Central courtyard is...More

1  Thank Marcia O
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum is a true gem, a little outside of the city but well worth the trip. I was truly amazed at the artwork, eclectic collections, and the house itself.

Thank Caroline A
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Favorite museum experience ever. This eclectic collection and the woman behind it is so interesting. Definitely enhanced by the audio tour offered. Appreciated our time there so much more!

Thank Jordan D
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a beautiful place! Isabella was without a doubt a woman of grand taste, and you can clearly see all of her travels have influenced her when she built this dream of a museum. The garden itself is the piece de resistance! The restaurant is...More

Thank Tim_Norway
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As some of the other reviews say the place is very dark and hard to see some of the artifacts and art work. I was interested in the stolen art. Did find some interesting items.

Thank hollyc366
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an unmissable visit - and shows the place in its finest glory - just as she left it. I would suggest that you buy the book - to both enhance your understanding of the house as well as a pleasant reminder

Thank Nicholas O
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this beautiful property. Isabella Stewart Gardener and her husband personally collected and curated this lovely collection of art and antiquities. In this it was a surprisingly refreshing take on a public art museum, given that they collected what they...More

1  Thank FJ7777
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Jessica R
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Response from mjjpower | Reviewed this property |
I visited on a Friday and waited about 40 minutes in a line :( I arrived about 2 hours before closing.
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Yes you can, just go on the website (sorry but the tripadvisor system does not allow me to type the link for you) Be careful about possible discounts, for example, ladies called Isabella do not pay, on some days they do... More
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