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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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A great place to visit

I've been here 4 times over the years when I visit from ca. & am never disappointed. You can visit all of it or part of it in one day..whatever your time allows. A terrific... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been here 4 times over the years when I visit from ca. & am never disappointed. You can visit all of it or part of it in one day..whatever your time allows. A terrific, educational & lovely place to visit. The gardens are so well kept.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There was an unfortunate robbery in 1990; although that was 26 years ago, the staff now treat visitors like criminal suspects, perhaps trying to solve this quarter century old crime? The staff are not docents, they have very little knowledge of the collection. They instead chat constantly with each other with their expensive wireless communication system, singling out various guests... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Makes you feel like you are in Europe! What an extensive collection and a must see in Boston. Everyone should see this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Let me start by saying I don't like art museums, it's just not my thing. The initial reason we went was to check out the courtyard. I had seen photos and wanted to bring the family. Another reason was the intrigue of the art theft of 1990 that has not been solved. After visiting all I can say is wow!... More 

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Mansfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have brought many family members and friends here when they visit Boston and it never disappoints. A combination of an art museum and a mansion in Newport. Beautiful and historic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Isabella Stewart Gardner was a remarkable woman and art collector even by today's standards. This unusual home is well preserved with a must see terrarium, stone construction and unusual art. Lunch in the cafe or on the patio is worth a trip in itself - there is a creative and peaceful ambience.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The palazzo setting with a central garden sets off the atmosphere for enjoying a marvelous collection. Excellent concert series in a first rate chamber concert hall.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fabulous museum. We saw some of the world's greatest art. we looked forlornly at the places where some other of the world's greatest art was stolen, and we sat in on a superb musical performance and had a lovely lunch. My high school girl friend raved aboiut this museum, and I waited another 60 years before I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an art gallery with a difference. Walking around the house there is so much to see and the way everything is laid out and presented is inviting and made me want to see more and more. A very relaxed atmosphere to browse and enjoy the collection and so different from the traditional art museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They even have an inside garden which changs seasonally. Yes this is where the heist was, which has never been solved.

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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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