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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
Phone Number:
+1 617-566-1401
11:00 - 21:00
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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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The most beautiful place in Boston

...and one of the most beautiful places in the entire United States. What is so unique about this place is that it an exceptional place to admire and study architecture, interior... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

...and one of the most beautiful places in the entire United States. What is so unique about this place is that it an exceptional place to admire and study architecture, interior design, art historical collections, and gardens. It offers all of that in one small, perfect museum. I don't know of any place like it. Truly you are transported when... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful museum! The property was an eclectic collection of design, art and inspiration! The garden was a horticultural dream. The G Cafe was a unexpected treat!

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Philadelphia, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Outstanding collection, every time you go around a corner seems you recognize something. The arrangements are a little odd, which I guess is part of its charm. In each room there's 4 separate sheets you need to figure out what everything is. Would be nice if there was either more signage or just a single guide for each room. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this collection - it never gets old. One of the best things about this museum is that there are not labels next to every piece of art. There are room cards that tell you the name and artist of the pieces, but do yourself a favor and just walk around and LOOK. The map highlights the most prominent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is my favorite art museum in town, and I really enjoy the MFA. Isabella is more intimate, even with its updated expansion.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's so great when people of culture and the means to promote culture and the arts are able to create a tribute to their being! This place is exquisite in every way! It is an oasis of tranquility and European beauty right here in the great city of BOSTON! A must for the locals and the tourists as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best museum in Boston not only for the lovely art but the architecture of the building. Of course, the place is infamous for a great art heist committed years ago. No tourist to Boston should miss this place as it is unique. The first floor courtyard is absolutely gorgeous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We (myself and two teen daughters) loved this museum, but we only saw the palace portion (Mrs. Gardner's original home) and nothing in the newer section. The museum is great deal. I paid $15 and my daughters (14 and 17 were free). The courtyard on the main floor of the palace was so beautiful and serene, and since every room... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They advised starting at the top floor, and working our way down. The court yard / garden is absolutely beautiful. It took about an hour to see the old building, so we missed the new building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a unique and interesting experience! A fully curated three story home offers plenty to see since every single room is extremely detailed with plenty of different styles of art to see throughout. The interior courtyard is gorgeous and a respite from cold weather outside! This museum is right around the corner from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts... 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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