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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Fenway / Kenmore
As featured in Time out in Boston and 1 other guide
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Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
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+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
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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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I was suppose to go to this museum 5 years ago but got sidetracked. So we went this week. We knew nothing about it except it was an art museum. The history of this place is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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North Waterboro, Maine
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North Waterboro, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was suppose to go to this museum 5 years ago but got sidetracked. So we went this week. We knew nothing about it except it was an art museum. The history of this place is amazing. The collection is wonderful and historic. The commitment that Isabella had to art and creating the museum for that purpose was other centered.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First of all Isabella Stewart Gardner was an amazing woman in all the best senses of the word. She wasn't just amazing for her time, she is amazing for all time. (I wanted to call her something else that includes bad and a donkey but TripAdvisor won't let me.) This museum, carefully curated to reflect her assemblage masterpiece, is fascinating,... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is not just a museum, it is an example of how art should be curated. I love the feel of the rooms -- it is like visiting a salon as a friend. The art is accessible. This is the museum that was the scene of the notorious robbery. None of the stolen paintings were ever found. Read about the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Whatever genre of the arts one may have interest in, it's within these walls. The new addition has made the Museum even more attractive.

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Hopedale, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoy antiques, history and collectors of art, but this was a little unusual. The layout of the art mixed together in a organized jumble made it interesting but a little confusing to follow easily. Trying to follow a map by numbers card to identify the art on the wall was part of the chaos. The structure is interesting and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Clearly among this mishmash of arts and antiques, spread over a fascinating building, I decided that Isabelle must have been the first phone call that Antiques dealers made when they had something 'odd'. It makes enjoying the fine pieces hard. Worth a visit if you are interested in eccentric places. Me, not so much - once was enough.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent hours here. Time just flew by. It's not just the tangible items that are beautiful, but the history of the entire establishment and its pieces. Got the student discount, even though I'm from a different state. Felt like I was duping the museum for the time I spent here and the experience I received relative to the price I... More 

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is a not to be missed (most under rated location for Boston visitors and residents alike). Mrs. Gardner was a consummate collector of art of many forms and she really knew how to display it. Yes, there are still pieces missing from the theft, but they are a small blip in the enormaty and granduer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How we wished we had known this woman if her collection is anything to go by. A truly wonderful and unusual museum.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is made from the perfect combination of aesthetic from all the rooms and not just from individual pieces are art.

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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.
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