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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Sights and Museums, Art Museum
Ranked #11 in Boston things to do
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25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 566-1401
https://www.gardnermuseum.org/
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At the beginning of the 20th Century, heiress and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner built a home modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palace. Gardener was a great patroness of famous artists, ... Read more
such as James Whistler and John Singer Sargent. She also acquired European masterpieces, and her palace is now a museum filled with works by Titian, Matisse, Rembrandt, and Raphael. The courtyard of this Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an oasis in any season, filled with beautiful plants and flowers.

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Edinburgh, UK

Historic Home feature one of the best collections of art in the Boston area.

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West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

A little confusing the way that things are set up by that's part of the charm.

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Rockwall, Texas

Would recommend to anyone who enjoys art. An amazing home. Isabella an amazing woman.

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Denver, Colorado, USA

Gorgeous greenhouses that attach to the old house. The fragrance when you walk into the greenhouses is amazing

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Local from Boston

Beautiful local museum with amazing garden courtyard. Noted collection of Singer Sargent and Spanish art work.

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Riverside, Rhode Island

Lovely historic home with lush gardens. Glimpse at the Gardners' former life.

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Greenfield, Massachusetts

One of my favorite places -- Victorian eclectic collection and a peaceful garden year round.

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Local from Malden, Massachusetts, USA

The Gardner Museum is an amazing experience. It's unlike other art museums; the rooms are small and make you really feel closer to the art. I'd definitely like to come back again, even if the museum remains mostly unchanged.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

This is Isabella Gardner's personal collection of art that she turned into a public museum. You'll be impressed with the stunning courtyard!

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Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

Great museum definitely get a tour but do it during the week when it is a slow day. You get more out of the tour that way and get to see into the life of the incredible woman who created this museum.

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Tampa, Florida, USA

No Vermeers in collection. "The Concert" was stolen in 1990 and never recovered. Please check your attic.

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Local from Revere

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is absolutely luxurious. Her home was 4 stories tall complete with a ridiculously huge garden in the middle. It was absolutely gorgeous.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

This lovely little museum is almost exactly as Isabella Stewart Gardner left her collection of paintings, furniture, items and autographs (including George Washington's) - all except for the empty frames that remain after one of history's most notorious art heists. The building itself is gorgeous, with smaller rooms arranged over three levels around a central courtyard. Exploring the collection feels more like an intimate visit to someone's home than a walk through a museum. Don't forget to wear your Red Sox gear, since you will get a discount!

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Local from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

A calm museum that was once the house of the rich and esteemed Isabella Stewart Gardner. With money in her pocket she traveled Europe and came home with everything that peaked her fancy - from ornately carved doors to works by Matisse and other European greats. There are significant pieces representing all European, American, and Asian art, as well as more contemporary pieces. The building itself - which features gothic architectural styles - is beautifully designed with three floors rising around a center courtyard garden. In 2012 a new wing opened, featuring beautiful woodwork and glass hallways that starkly contrast with the original part of the museum. If your name is Isabella you get free admission for life, while if you've got red sox gear on you'll get a discount. Don't forget your student ID, like most world and Boston museums, students get in cheaper too.

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISGM) or Fenway Court, as the museum was known during Isabella Stewart Gardner's lifetime, is a museum in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, located within walking distance of the Museum of Fine Arts (although the Museum of Fine Arts's Huntington Avenue location was constructed after Fenway Court) and near the Back Bay Fens. The museum houses an art collection of world importance, including significant examples of European, Asian, and American art, from paintings and sculpture to tapestries and decorative arts. In 1990, thirteen of the museum's works were stolen; the high-profile crime remains unsolved and the artwork's location is still unknown.

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Bedford

A less frequently museum but well worth a visit. Great donated collection in a gorgeous setting.

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Next to the MFA, this museum is often overlooked, but an incredible space.

You get in for free if you're name's Isabella!

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Local from Cambridge

The garden in the middle is the best part. Exhibits aren't very creative, but the garden is totally worth it in winter when you've forgotten what green looks like.

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Dublin, California, USA

An eclectic art museum of high caliber yet in an intimate setting. Though very close to the Museum of Fine Arts and may be the lesser known, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shines with an unique personality of its own and its former owner has done something rather amazing in constructing this museum.

Once you step across the hall way to the palace, where majority of the art pieces are hosted, the year-round blossoming garden comes into view. The garden is beautiful, intervened with plants, flowers are sculptures and art pieces carefully arranged to accent or hide among the plants. Benches surrounding the garden provide perfect observation points for the garden with booklets laying around which provides explanations and descriptions about the horticulture, sculptures and history of the garden. The museum itself hosts three levels of paintings, sculptures, furniture, and ornaments from various eras and cultures. Each room is gathered into specific themes, visitors can walk around with a laminated room self guide in their hand which points out the different art works in the room (e.g. north wall, east wall ...). The back of the guides includes a brief description of the purpose for the room and then of specific art works. This is really my favorite way of learning about art - complete immersion in every way. The collections themselves are very impressive, everything from Rembrandt, Titian to John Sargent's portrait of Isabella herself, including manuscripts, correspondences, musical scores from famous artists, exquisite ink and pencil sketches down to the very last detail, sculptures from Egyptian and Renaissance eras, even tapestries, furniture and stationary from eastern cultures. The genius design grants a differing view of the garden courtyard from every room's window, one can't help but stop to admire the view one additional time.

In the process, inevitably you will come across some interesting facts about Isabella Gardner and the museum itself. For example, the empty frames on the wall, where the stolen art of 1990 were originally found, are left hanging blank as a reminder of the losses that were never recovered. In the first main building, the second floor has an exhibition hosting the memories of the missing pieces in a photography and text representation of "Last Seen", reading the words by the lamenting spectators are quite moving. She is also an endorser of music and artists in general, during her lifetime, she invited many resident artists and musicians to make the palace their home. And Calderwood Hall, concert hall dedicated to hosting musical performances and series is used for Music at Gardner.

It is difficult to describe the feeling of walking through such a palace of art where it was also a place of residency for artists to thrive - magnificent yet softened by intimacy. Quite an experience.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is like taking a step into the Secret Garden....and your grandmother's eclectic art collection. The museum itself is absolutely stunning, and features a courtyard with a beautiful garden that includes ivy growing up the through the interior of the building. Her collection of art, furniture, and sculptures are amazing - I especially love the tapestries. The museum also has a great "young professionals" night each week, featuring cocktails and music.

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