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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number:
+1 617-566-1401
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

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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An adventure in eclectic good taste

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this museum. It was a real discovery. She collected art from all the world and created a special environment to show it. We found it original and beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We self-guided through the museum and spent about 2 hours in awe of the wide array of art genres in the collection. When we first entered there was a bit of confusion about where to go, and we accidentally went upstairs instead of through the glass hallway to the house. The indoor gardens are spectacular.

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Enfield CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't been here in many years so decided it was time to re-visit. It is amazing how many items are packed into each room of this museum...almost too much to really be able to appreciate all of the collections if you have limited time. The beautiful interior garden is still a highlight. There are 3 floors in the original... More 

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Rochester, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife & I took a day off to go to Boston. Being art lovers, we had heard of the Gardiner for years. We were very pleased, even though parts of it were closed for remodeling. It was worth the trip - we would go again! Lots of shops & dining places within walking distance (in addition to the MFA!!!)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see!!! Beautiful paintings Gothic History I loved it I never knew who she was But by the time you leave you will They have narrated guides all over the museum Took about 3 hours to see

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The line for the MFA was so long we decided to go to the ISG Museum and guess what - if you hold a Bank of America credit or debit card you get in free on the first weekend of each month! The museum is just lovely, I especially like the open courtyard which mimics a Venice courtyard, and the... More 

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