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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Closes in 8 min: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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...more
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
Fenway / Kenmore
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Reviewed today via mobile

This is one of the many treasures of Boston. There is so much to take in. The various sections are so different & fascinating. The outdoor courtyard is very zen. Below is a photo of one of its inhabitants. The art is an interesting mix....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank anniesullivan714
Reviewed today

The reputation of the museum lured our group. The actuality was a disappointment. Granted the that courtyard in architecture, statuary and plantings is impressive, but otherwise the interiors rooms are dark and cluttered. It may well be that a handful of famed artists are individually...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank The3ofus60614
Reviewed today

Incredible bit of history. Her collections are from all over world. A must see if you travel to Boston or just love art. It was being worked on while we were there but well worth the stop. We spent hours there.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Skyhawk1
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our first visit to the museum and we did not have nearly enough time to enjoy the palace. The sculptures, paintings and tapestries were quite a pleasant surprise, as were the original furnishings. Would go back to savor what we missed. A word...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lee F
Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is famous for the brazen 1990 (alleged) mob heist of $500M worth of irreplaceable masterpieces. Nothing has been recovered and the empty frames remain on display. It should be famous for the remarkable lifestory of its namesake founder, architecture, and surviving collection. Just...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Rob D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We are not art lovers, but Isabella's story and the heist story, convinced us to make a stop here. We are so glad we did! What a gem. We loved the courtyard and even enjoyed the art. Worth a visit for sure.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank nic-tb
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a stopover on the way to Europe because I'd always wanted to see this museum. When you initially walk in, there is a large niche specifically built for an oversized painting by John Singer Sargent. This painting alone was worth the trip to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank k j
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Three floors of eclectic art surround a most beautiful and peaceful courtyard reminiscent of Alcazar Palace in Seville, Spain. John Sargent Singer was the first artist in residence here, so you will find many wonderful examples of his work. Just slowly wander from room to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank pauldletsgo
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you want to see just a few examples of the masters this is the place to come. The settings themselves in each room are exquisite, as is the courtyard. Tour was a good introduction. Well worth entrance fee.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank joanmP6609FI
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited while in Boston. There was so much artwork, I didn't know where to look. The cards explaining the art in each room were very helpful. I enjoyed learning about the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner as well as seeing the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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EilSat
May 26, 2019|
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Response from davidtC7269CS | Reviewed this property |
We went mid week late morning with no issue
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Yes it’s s wonderful oasis of cool and dark places
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