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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Warren H wrote a review Mar 2
Fairfield, Maine163 contributions36 helpful votes
Unusual museum designed for and integrated with all sorts of old-world architecture features such as stone fireplaces, stonework and pillars. Numerous examples of European furniture, art and textiles. Interesting backstory of the collector actually living among the artifacts and exhibits. The WOW factor is the four story courtyard enclosed garden with a Roman mosaic floor and fountain with lush plantings beautifully arranged with architectural windows and balconies overlooking all. SO peaceful. Many well-informed docents present as well as Q-coded extra details available for many exhibits. Three , many-roomed floors of a very eclectic mix with something of interest for all.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Ashley wrote a review Feb 2021
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I had my first visit in February 2021, and I have to say it was the single most depressing museum I have ever been in. The highlight of the place is the garden and cloister, but you aren’t allowed to walk through them. In the rooms the walls are lined with dark tapestries, And it is so poorly lit it is impossible to see any detail of the art. Further there are no labels explaining artists, depictions of the many random works, or even origin. I gather that they attempt to preserve the “vision” of the namesake - but I have no idea how being a rich hoarder makes you an expert on artwork. I left feeling completeky ubderwhelmed. Further from a covid perspective, they are anal about arrows in the ticket area but the whole rest of the museum is a free for all, kind of senseless. Literally any other museum is a better use of your time. I was looking for two things this day, a green oasis in New England winter and a hint of the old world. There is a garden but honestly the tropical area at the Franklin park zoo or even the greenhouse at weston nurseries is better. I did get a hint of old europe - but not in the vacationy sense with lots of beautiful architecture... more in the dark ages sense with everything seeming dingey from smoke and way too much plundered church artifacts including what seemed to be a severed Jesus head.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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HM H wrote a review Feb 2021
Saint Louis, Missouri267 contributions36 helpful votes
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Read about Isabella Stewart Gardner's history before visiting this place, and you will appreciate it a lot more. Such a well kept place, and amazing history.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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JulietteND wrote a review Feb 2021
Fargo, North Dakota315 contributions104 helpful votes
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I read this book called the Art Forger a couple years ago. My Aunt turned 80 and I wanted to visit with her - but Covid- we thought a museum would be a great way to stay distanced but spend time together. She mentioned this & my brain immediately said YES! It is spectacularly quirky, and interesting and packed full. You must go with time. •Time to sit and stare. •Time to seek out the weird and small items. •Time to wander aimlessly and wonder if you are lost. •Time to look at the doors you’re passing through. It is really weird and wonderful. It’s a shame about the stolen paintings. Yet there is so much to see, you hardly miss them. Her story is worth looking into.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Marisa L wrote a review Jan 2021
Boston, Massachusetts43 contributions45 helpful votes
I love it here! I would definitely read the history of the museum before you visit. Some reviewers comment on the design of the museum, but one of the most interesting facts about the museum is that the staff is not allowed to change any of the displays due to stipulations in Isabella Stewart Gardner's will. Also make sure to read about the heist! There are so many interesting facts about this museum and the works displayed here, it just takes a little research to find all the information!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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