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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Fenway / Kenmore
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Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
Phone Number: +1 617-566-1401
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11:00 - 17:00
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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
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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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Not your normal Museum

An amazing piece of architecture....filled with museum quality furnishings, artifacts and art. Very sad to see the empty frames from the theft many years past. Impressive docent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Spokane Valley, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An amazing piece of architecture....filled with museum quality furnishings, artifacts and art. Very sad to see the empty frames from the theft many years past. Impressive docent who gave us a wonderful overview before we started the tour.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was impressed the first two times I saw the Gardner, years and years ago. I had not been to all that many museums, then, and so I thought the museum was intriguing, wide-ranging, European. The Vermeer and all the other stolen works were still there. But then I went to lots of galleries and museums and to Europe and... More 

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Lunenburg, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I know a lot of people that love going to museums, but tend to get "exhibit burnout"-after a certain amount of time, they just sort of lose the appreciation and kind of want to leave but still want to see everything. You don't get that here. ISG is small enough and unique enough where it's a perfect visit. The curators... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum wasl recommended by concierge in our hotel and was well worth the visit. Within the museum there was a "greenhouse" section which included several beautiful orchids. The museum restaurant was excellent value.

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Essex, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So many times when visiting a museum I get the feeling I must just march on and see as much as I can. In the large museums one gets overwhelm and oversaturated with so many pieces of fine art. This Museum was someone's home, eloquently appointed and excitingly varied. From the ironwork to the china to the furniture and oil... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a singular experience. Not only is the collection broad up to the time gathered but it is also eclectic and diverse - note she made sure everything was going to be as she organized it! The original home and the new areas are attention grabbing - special exhibit was wonderful.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not your typical museum because it is a collection of works assembled by Mrs. Gardner and displayed in what was her home. Thus, you will find fine works of art displayed with little personal pieces which were placed there simply because she wanted them there. In some ways, it is reminiscent of the Barnes museum in Philadelphia. in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have recently added a new and modern facade to increase the functionality of the facility. We took the guided tour and had a most interesting time while there as the guide was knowledgable about the museum and all its art. Well wirth the time.

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an AMAZING PLACE with some AMAZING STORIES & incredible art. It won't take you long to visit. Well worth finding it. Love it, could go back again & again. Forgot to review awhile ago, sorry. .even the kids loved it.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is distinct in that you are looking at the personal collection of art and artifacts in a setting that feels "homey." (No sterile painted walls with labeled art here, thanks to Mrs. Gardner's vision). This is a museum that can easily be toured in a couple hours. I've taken high school students on field trips to this little... 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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