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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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Ranked #12 of 392 things to do in Boston
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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.
Loma Linda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2012

I liked the middle of this museum and the architecture. I did not like it that the art did not have descriptions on the wall next to it...you had to figure out which card to pull from a slot then figure it out...

Visited May 2011
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South Hadley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“My Favorite Museum”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

I have been fortunate and have traveled to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Bavaria, Madrid and even to the Soviet Union, but this is my favorite museum and there is no other like it. Perhaps because it was once a home and Mrs. Jack's Palace still retains the feeling of a careful hand placing every piece of art inside. There is an enchantment here I have not encountered anywhere else. Walking out into the open courtyard which blooms with flowers year-round according to the terms of Mrs. Jack Gardner's will, is something you can only experience and not describe. The antiquity she gathered together, the art works whether they be paintings, drawings, books, statues, parts of ancient buildings, furniture....it is something you will not find in any other location. This is a museum you must experience because no description does it justice.

Visited July 2011
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La Jolla, California
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“Beautiful Setting for a Museum”
Reviewed 11 April 2012

While the new addition is not yet compelling, the original 15th century palace and courtyard are alone worth the price of admission. The collection is not yet properly curated for those desiring complete provenances for each and every piece in an easy comprehensible format, but the overall experience is delightful.

The cafe in the new addition serves excellent food for lunch.

Visited March 2012
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

The Gardner museum is a gem--gorgeous art in a truly lovely building, with a courtyard garden and a great little cafe. It's not huge, so you can walk through it in a morning if you don't linger (although you'll want to linger--it is that kind of place). My favorite museum by far.

Visited June 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Enjoyed our visit - biggest problem - no signposts and virtually not signage on building - spent 1/2 hr walking round in circles and asked about 1.2 dozen people before we finally made it.
Once there, well worth effort - a great collection - only thing that would have been nice would be to have indication as to compass orientation of rooms as the leaflets they have to ID things are based on N, S, W, E and was disorienting as you walked around. Tip - take a compass with you !!

Visited April 2012
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