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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 02115-5538
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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
Description:

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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Can't leave Boston without coming here.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Hopedale, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Damariscotta, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For my 21st Birthday my Boyfriend and I took a trip to Boston (from NH). One of the stops I was told was a Must-See was this museum. Initially I was very excited, the interior garden was what I was looking forward to the most, and that did not disappoint. One of my biggest pet peeves was that for most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have eulogised about this museum since leaving it, and have bought books about it since. If you love anything to do with art and history and museums, then make this top of your to do list in Boston. Go, go, go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum feels more like you are visiting someone's home - and what a home! - which is in part true. Isabella Gardner made sure the whole house was built exactly like she wanted it to be, and she was also the one to distribute her art pieces throughout the different rooms. It doesnt have the museum feel to it,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting stories abound.Isabella was quiet the lady, in a life well lived it appears. The art displays are cluttered and unlabelled so some what jumbled, some fine pieces throughout. Eclectic and eccentric!

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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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