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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Fenway / Kenmore
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Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
Phone Number: +1 617-566-1401
11:00 am - 9:00 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

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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Such a beautiful place. My girls are very much into museums but ISGM is nothing like any other museum we've been to.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The courtyard in Isabella Museum was really pretty. They have interesting art works and since we arrived late, a little past 4, our ticket came with free admission return pass (which for me was good) given that I was sure we weren't going to be able to finish exploring it. I just found the staff quite rude ---- the museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a beautiful place. My girls are very much into museums but ISGM is nothing like any other museum we've been to.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the most original, charming, soulful museum you may dream, this venetian style manor hidden near Fenway park and the fine art museum is a place you never want to leave: Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Singer Sargent... an eclectic choice by Isabella Stewart Gardner, she invites us in her home...

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Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to the "ISG" Museum is well worth it. The collection of all things "art" was quite fascinating. It's quirky, it's eclectic, but oh so very interesting. Don't be fooled and think you'll just see paintings. To the contrary, there is so much more than the famous paintings at ISG. Everyone will find something to interest them. On site... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not your average museum. The building is as interesting as the exhibits. It's amazing what she did in putting this museum together at that time in history. Every local got exited when we told them where we go because everyone loves this place. I know you don't like museums. Trust me this one you'll like. Too bad about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A collection of mostly European art by one very wealthy lady - with taste!. All amazing displayed in her Italian style home. A calming place and very good value. You will have to taxi or metro.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this attraction a little difficult to find using public transportation. Admission was included with our Go Boston Card and I had heard many good things about the museum. We arrived to find the attraction we wanted to see closed due to renovations on that floor. This was a huge disappointment to me and if this had been shown... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mrs Gardener collected and collected and collected! She bought pieces from all over the world and decided to build somewhere to show them off. The result is a Venetian style palazzo with a stunning interior courtyard garden that's worth the price of admission on its own. The collection is full of different objects - furniture, paintings, pottery, glass and tapestry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having a historic building house the artifacts of a museum is a great idea and I'm glad someone had the sense to keep this place maintained the way it was meant to be. The museum is just a quick ride on the green line train from downtown Boston to the Fine Arts Museum stop (these two locations make for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place brought so many memories back from my trip to Venice. The art is wonderful, but the courtyard stole my heart. Although no one is allowed in the courtyard itself, we sat on the stone benches surrounding it and it was such a wonderful experience. I love museums, and this one became a favorite. The pictures I took, don't... More 

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Fenway / Kenmore
The Curse of the Bambino may have ended years ago, but loyal Red Sox fans will continue to infiltrate this home to historic Fenway Park, where you can find victory banners, people yelling in stereotypical Boston accents, and lots of sports bars. Located within Kenmore Square, the old gas station Citgo sign is another Boston skyline classic seen throughout the city. In addition to a hectic and diehard sports mentality, this neighborhood is also home to some of Boston’s many universities. Move from Boston University territory to that of Northeastern, and spend time at the famous Museum of Fine Arts. For more culture, check out the smaller but equally beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Continue off the beaten path and check out the green space in the Back Bay Fens, a pretty community garden. This diverse neighborhood has a mix of universities, sports, culture, and more residential green space.