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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 - 17:00
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Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Mon 11:00 - 17:00
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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If you go to Boston and you love art and culture, you MUST go here. A great example of the extravagant lifestyle of the upper class nouveau riche of the late 19th early 20th... read more

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If you go to Boston and you love art and culture, you MUST go here. A great example of the extravagant lifestyle of the upper class nouveau riche of the late 19th early 20th century. Great works of art (sculpture, architecture, paintings, etc...eclectic mix) in an Italian villa. Close to the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a treasure to behold. This original home of Mrs. Gardner is in its original state since when she livied in her Palatial home. The art shows her amazing and forward appreciation of art and collecting. A free thinker of her time! Her gardens charm every season and breathtakingly bring spring into Boston on her... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love this place. I love the central courtyard- it is like an Italian villa. Not usually crowded so you can take your time and stroll around. The little gift shop has great little items to buy as gifts or for yourself. The Tea Room is a great place to have small refreshments and the little outside seating area is... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Upon the recommendation of a friend who suggested that I needed to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, I spent some time in this fabulous museum. The architecture and the exhibits are wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. There is also a nice cafe where one might get a bite to eat. I will likely return to this museum the... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

WOW! What a great place to see the history of the past. If you go make sure that you have all day to spend there. The are 3 floors to look at and the garden in the middle is fantastic.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An eclectic yet exquisite collection of art and objects, amassed by a singularly amazing woman, and housed in one of the most beautiful venues you could ever imagine. A definite must-see in Boston. Be prepared to queue in order to get in though. That was the only hiccup in an otherwise sublime visit: one single cashier selling entry tickets.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The house realy stands out as one of a kind in Boston. The architecture is quite different from everything else. The house itself is wonderfully designed and the slightly eccentric set up and display makes for a wonderful visit. The restaurant is good but expensive.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had heard of this museum but, never realized the nature of the space. I didn't expect a recreated Italian villa, furnished with museum quality pieces. It was delightful to wander freely, finding treasures around every corner. The inner courtyard gardens are strikingly beautiful. I will go again!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place, favorite museum in Boston. A lot of great artwork and of course the courtyard is amazing.

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We spent a Sunday afternoon at the museum. It has a beautiful courtyard space, and the building is filled with paintings and furnishings collected from their around the world travels. Take advantage of the docents there who can give you background information about the pieces in each room. Each room also has a room guide to give facts about the... More 

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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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