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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
Phone Number: +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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The Perfect Size for a Day Visit

So many times when visiting a museum I get the feeling I must just march on and see as much as I can. In the large museums one gets overwhelm and oversaturated with so many... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So many times when visiting a museum I get the feeling I must just march on and see as much as I can. In the large museums one gets overwhelm and oversaturated with so many pieces of fine art. This Museum was someone's home, eloquently appointed and excitingly varied. From the ironwork to the china to the furniture and oil... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a singular experience. Not only is the collection broad up to the time gathered but it is also eclectic and diverse - note she made sure everything was going to be as she organized it! The original home and the new areas are attention grabbing - special exhibit was wonderful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is not your typical museum because it is a collection of works assembled by Mrs. Gardner and displayed in what was her home. Thus, you will find fine works of art displayed with little personal pieces which were placed there simply because she wanted them there. In some ways, it is reminiscent of the Barnes museum in Philadelphia. in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

They have recently added a new and modern facade to increase the functionality of the facility. We took the guided tour and had a most interesting time while there as the guide was knowledgable about the museum and all its art. Well wirth the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an AMAZING PLACE with some AMAZING STORIES & incredible art. It won't take you long to visit. Well worth finding it. Love it, could go back again & again. Forgot to review awhile ago, sorry. .even the kids loved it.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is distinct in that you are looking at the personal collection of art and artifacts in a setting that feels "homey." (No sterile painted walls with labeled art here, thanks to Mrs. Gardner's vision). This is a museum that can easily be toured in a couple hours. I've taken high school students on field trips to this little... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must see for museum lovers. This art museum was the home of a wealthy patron of the arts and the original mansion is a gorgeous courtyard style structure with a large and diverse collection presented in numerous rooms. There is a newer building attached to the original, but most of the art is located in the house. Plan to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum can get crowded on the weekends since it is such a small space, but they have employees at the doors to each room filtering the crowd. I was told by the person that sold me my ticket that Thursday afternoons/evenings are usually a good time to go to get the space mostly to yourself. Overall, the art is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a must see in Boston! Along with the Museum of Fine Arts (which is close by) these are my two favorite art museums in Boston. The museum was founded in the in 1990. The museum is designed to be a replica of a Venetian palace. The courtyard which you can see from at least 10 different vantage... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Isabella Stewart Gardner collected numerous statues, tapestries, paintings, and pieces of furniture from the Italian Renaissance, and the architecture around the enclosed courtyard is nothing short of amazing.

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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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