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“Venetian reconstructed Palace & Art Museum”

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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Ranked #12 of 398 things to do in Boston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 13, 2012

What more could you want? It's all rolled into one at this excellent site. An open air garden court in the center of the palace was a place for quiet contemplation and getting away for a few moments. Art gallery gift shops are my favorites and this one is small & manageable. My adult
son and I decided we needed a sit and treat and did we luck out here! A tented garden retreat
served one of the best cups of coffee I have ever had. Son & I split a chocolate delight that was
appropriately gooey and rich which was the perfect compliment to our coffee(Adult daughter had
a tarry in the palace courtyard and missed out. Read and weep, darling!.) And the story of this
palace and her art collection is very interesting. There's way too much stuff, of course, so stop
when you get over-filled and enjoy the venetian escape from Boston..

Thank margaret b
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Amazing Story behind this Museum, it is worth while the visit! We went for a short visit and ended up spending over three hours, this is the mos fantastic private collection Museum we have ever visited. Every corner is a fantastic surprise, the building itself a Venetian Palazzo plus the Renzo Piano new addition is also an interest for those architects visiting.

Thank RafaelSimon
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is a teaser for your future trip to Europe. A quick review of real artefacts, to show that you can see on the other continent.

Thank Bostonian2011
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We went on a beautiful Saturday afternoon using a pass from our library for a reduced rate. The variety of the art work was great. In reading the history of Isabella, we understand whys some of the rooms were disjointed and had no real theme to them. The Rembrandt room and some of the others on that floor were fantastic. The oil on woods looked almost like photographs. Some of the rooms on the first floor were a mismatch of styles, mediums and artists that did not go together at all. That being said the works themselves were very good. Parking in the area is an issue, we ended up on a meter with a 4 hour maximum, and $0.25 per 12 minutes, so we felt a little rushed based on our quarter supply.

Thank Chris_603_2
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We were looking forward to seeing this museum as the leaflet is promising. Car parking is either on meters which is tricky as you have to guess how long you will need, or the Fine Arts car park which is incredibly expensive. The new extension looks very contemporary and the old part looks promising. You then realise the new wing is mainly for the benefit of the staff and directors, with a poor shop and expensive cafe. Admission charges are high. You walk along a glass roofed corridor (already messy). ENter the museum corridors and the beginning of the gloom.
There are many interesting artefacts, some built in, some hung on the walls or placed. Chairs and other furniture are lined up along walls like an old village hall. Lighting is dreadful - even accounting for museum low lighting levels. The layout of the furniture does little to display and pieces nor allow you to appreciate the quality.
The most annoying aspect is that in each room are four separate cards for the items on each wall, which is difficult to find, then in the low light to read the information.
Not good value. The trustees state that they are not permitted to rearrange anything, but that is no real answer if the reason for running the museum is to allow people to appreciate the collection. One has to ask whether the entry fee is to pay for over designed facilities for the trustees.

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