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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Fenway / Kenmore
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Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
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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"Off The Wall"

Because of construction in the main Mansion, some of the masterpieces are exhibited in the new wing at eye level, like they have never been seen by the public before. Amazing to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Gulfport, FL
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Because of construction in the main Mansion, some of the masterpieces are exhibited in the new wing at eye level, like they have never been seen by the public before. Amazing to see them close up and personal. The courtyard is always a pleasure. Flowering plants are changed five times a year to complement the seasons. I think that they... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I knew nothing about this museum and Isabella Stewart Gardner before my visit there. I was blown away by this place. My wife and I attended as part of their Third Thursday program and the venue was packed with people which made for great energy. Docents were parked in certain rooms to give very informative talks on the history of... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A beautiful collection of art, furniture and oddities displayed in a lovely home setting. The collector was certainly an interesting woman. The indoor garden is lovely. Leave time for refreshments or lunch.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love the Isabella Stewart Gardner -- the original building is built around an Italian plaza and has wonderful rooms and staircases. Mrs. Gardner collected what attracted her, which makes the collections idiosyncratic. I find some of the religious are less than fascinating but one can appreciate it's history and artistry. New wing is light and bright -- rotating exhibitions.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I can't say anything about this place but WOW. It is truly beautiful, mesmerizing and enchanting. My first visit was back in college and I stood in the entrance way and just stared open-mouthed for about 5 minutes at the atrium. It is truly beautiful. The artwork is amazing and the overall feel of the building is welcoming and cozy.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I personnally didn't like teh collection much but it's a matter of taste. Most of the collection are medevial objects and religious objects. Medieval is not my cup of tea but I admit it was a nice collection if you like that style.

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Thank Lilly_grise
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at the Gardner museum! It was well worth my time. There were so many treasures to see! The whole place was so beautifully well kept and such a relaxing place to spend time. The indoor gardens were spectacular! I can't wait to go again!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small, quaint and interesting museum. It is rather dark so most of the interior is not easy to see.. but the center bringing in nature is delightful

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you aren't familiar with Isabella Stewart Gardner, this museum is a must see. Left to city by bequest that all donated art be displayed as she left it, the museum is a fascinating collection of interesting pieces from around the world.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this is a can't miss when visiting Boston-her collection is amazing and it's well worth the time to check it out!

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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.