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“Beautiful building, great collection”

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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US$72.00*
and up
Boston Explorer Pass
Ranked #21 of 413 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is a delight to visit, with a beautiful courtyard, statues and works of art scattered about. Very worthwhile afternoon spent here.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous museum. Delightful in every room and the central garden. Do not miss if you’re in Boston. Very manageable if you don’t have a lot of time too.


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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This may be my favourite museum of all time, a must-see for anyone with an interest in late-nineteenth / early-twentieth-century culture. Isabella Steward Gardner drew to herself a highly eclectic body of art, cultural experience, as well as artists and craftspeople of the fin de siècle, creating her own temple to Decadent and early modernist culture. Each room is stuffed to the brim, with shelves containing Yeats and Lady Gregory first editions, the scores of composer Dame Ethel Smythe, paintings and sketches by Anders Zorn and other important artists of her day, and so much more. Having indulged myself with an entire afternoon to wander through the museum, I still came away feeling that I'd only glimpsed many treasures in passing, each room is full to the brim of fascinating artefacts. Then there's the surprise at the centre of the house - at least that's how this visitor experienced it - walking out of the hushed and muted tones of the museum rooms into the atrium garden, filled with light, plants, and brilliant statuary. The whole experience was an absolute treat.

Thank Kit_Coleman
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

When I think of an art museum, I think of plain walls filled with paintings, arranged according to some theme, for example, time period, or painter, or style, etc. That isn’t the case at the Gardner Museum. Here, each room is completely decorated with paintings, furniture, tapestries, and displays, etc. and put together as Isabella wanted them to be placed together. Each room is unique and contains a lot to soak in as you walk through. Even the doors to the different rooms are worth noting. Another unique feature is the amazingly beautiful atrium in the middle. Colorful vine flowers hang down from flower boxes on the upper floors, adding to the beauty. Before we went through the museum, we listened to the docent give an approx. 20 minute talk about Isabella and how her museum was created. It was a very interesting talk and I think made the museum all the more interesting, given the background understanding. Note that we found the docent near the bottom of the stairs, facing the walkway to the museum. While we were there, we were able to see the temporary Fra Angelico exhibit which was nice although rather small. The concert hall, with an entrance on the third floor, is also worth checking out. A string ensemble was practicing when we were there.

Thank tinaNtravel
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

I spent 4 hours in this chic museum. The line is usually long especially by noon. It is best to arrive once they open between 9 to 10 or later in the afternoon. I arrived early, the queue was very friendly. It didn't take more than 5 mins for me to get in. I enjoyed the theatre. It has a unique configuration. The other exhibits were marvellous at that time. It changes from time to time. The main museum was made to simulate an Italian experience, something like a trip to Florence. It houses the collections of Isabella Gardner. A walkthrough in the museum will give you an insight into the person she was. It worth your time. It was for me. Oh, the cafe was great. For a meticulous foodie like me, it passed the test. I had lunch there and I enjoyed it,

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