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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
+1 617-566-1401
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
Fenway / Kenmore
+1 617-566-1401
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited on a busy Saturday midday. The line to get tickets was a bit slow, but the special exhibition spotlight talk was also a great introduction to the museum. The palace section is stunning.....and packed. The security people were helpful in pointing out things...More

Thank sg4427408
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely ecclectic collection, but shown way too dark. I've never been to a museum I had to struggle so hard to see anything in it. The Getty and the Norton Simon among many other small museums have protected the art without closing all the blinds....More

Thank saphfirebluez
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum has one of the most impressive collections of 16th and 17th century tapestries in great condition. But the lighting is very dim so you will struggle to see the colors. This is a very eclectic collection of many types of art. There is...More

Thank 304nellieh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the largest private art collection in Both East, might beat Barnes Museum. Eclectic taste, but exceptionally well presented. I would not get the audio guide, each room has leaflets describing the exhibits. The museum shop has little adorable things- ornaments, Florence imported paper goods.

Thank cesi100
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Truly excellent Museum. The building was purpose built to house the private collection of Isabelle Stewart and so is part of an amazing collection. Centerpiece is a garden atrium from where the rooms branch off and display all the antiquities. A very eclectic mix that...More

Thank Tigerosie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting history and great art. I especially enjoyed the architecture in the "Palace" and the inner courtyard and garden. A surprise awaits around every corner in each room.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful courtyard and amazing collection! If you like Singer Sargent, this is for you! Also introduced me to an artist I was unfamiliar with but really liked - Anders Zorn. Quite a few older works also, Rembrandt, Botticelli, and many medieval works -- very impressive...More

Thank Keri B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were amazed at this museum. Such a variety of items that she collected from all over the world. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. The story behind the design and build of the museum is also very interesting.

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting woman. Her father made his fortune in the Irish linen trade, and she married well, husband's family was in the China import business. Very wealthy and loved to travel. Having those big ships at one's disposal came in handy to bring all of these...More

Thank Jay P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardener home is surrounded by a newer building, I guess to help protect the home. Lots of religious artifacts.

Thank 962debrat
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
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Response from claudiaSalerno | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, just go on the website (sorry but the tripadvisor system does not allow me to type the link for you) Be careful about possible discounts, for example, ladies called Isabella do not pay, on some days they do... More
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Response from ExecutiveNomad | Reviewed this property |
Take the E branch of the Green Line of Boston's T to the Museum of Fine Arts stop. The Gardner is just behind the MFA, a short walk.