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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
Phone Number: +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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Small but wonderful

This is a gem of a museum. Not just for the artwork but for the Italianate building that Isabella Stuart Gardner built for her collection. I also had lunch at the cafe in the new... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a gem of a museum. Not just for the artwork but for the Italianate building that Isabella Stuart Gardner built for her collection. I also had lunch at the cafe in the new wing. The food was delicious and the ambiance very pleasant. I did take the docent guided tour which likely added to my enjoyment of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a treat to go into this lovely mansion built by a woman who loved the arts and had the ability to acquire many fine things. The courtyard is impressive. The collection of things so interesting. There were art works by an artist from Newfoundland (yeah, Canada) which were great, who had been a visiting artist in residence. Cafe g... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came to this museum not quite knowing what to expect. Visited with my sister and niece expecting a small eclectic collection. We found so much more. The original museum is gorgeous and the additional section adds amenity without detracting from the existing one. The renovations on the second floor of the original structure meant we missed seeing the Dutch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great museum. If you are there this summer (2016) they have some art showing in a separate gallery on premises due to renovation. The good thing is you can see the art close up and with good descriptions. The gardens are beautiful and the art that this woman acquired is wonderful. This is definitely a worthwhile stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

By all means visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum! An amazing collection of Art in a setting designed to maximize its beauty. If not from Boston or an art lover, make sure you read up on the art theft that occurred there! It remains a mystery till this day and at least once every few years, a new lead to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

fantastic mix of whatever Isabella liked. a real mishmash, but fascinating and fun. just loved it!! You wander from room to room as if you were wandering around someone's house(which you are, in a way).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

ISG gifted us her wonderful art, palace and vision. A truly unique and inspired place; a definite visit in Boston. Enjoy the Sargents, Rembrandts and Christian art, but do miss the architecture either, from floors to columns, arches and unique center garden and court.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Something you would expect to find in Europe, this beautiful unique museum is a must when in Boston. Architecture, art, culture it has it all in spades! Inexpensive and could have spent all day here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is in a beautiful building. The docents were super friendly and helpful. The garden and content was well-documented. Loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Do not skip this beautiful building and unique art. Most art Italian, pre-renaissance until late nineteenth century. Structure modeled after Venetian architecture.

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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.