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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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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...more
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25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
Fenway / Kenmore
+1 617-566-1401
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Reviewed yesterday

Our visit to the museum was on our lists of must see on our trip to Boston. We were not disappointed! All I can say is it was even better than I imagined! The artwork is stunning and the history and story behind the museums...More

Thank scottharbison
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This museum was built by ISABELLA Gardner. She copied an Italian Villa and sent the parts to Boston. She was known for having several boyfriends and was a great art collector. The gift shop is great and the museum has a 5 star restaurant. Reservations...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a rather hidden gem. I'd never heard of this museum and on one of my first trips to Boston (10years ago) we stumbled upon it by total accident. But that said I've been back at least 5 times since then. I recommend it...More

Thank KBK-AK
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a fabulous gallery, absolutely jammed full of incredible artworks. Isabella Garden was a fascinating lady and her home is a joy to visit. Well worth the $15. Allow at least an hour to browse at your leisure.

Thank mayaogorzalek
Reviewed 5 days ago

A dizzying array of artifacts and paintings collected from around the world organized into discrete exhibits. The building itself is spectacular and the internal garden space is a wonder. Allow sufficient time to wonder the many exhibits spread over three floors while taking in the...More

Thank bobK5966IO
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not your typical museum. The property has been left pretty much as Mrs. Stewart left it. This means that the lighting is not a "perfect" as you would see in other museums. That said, this provides a warmth you won't see/feel at those other places....More

Thank Cadillacjay
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is unlike any other art museum I have ever been to. Great collection and a beautiful house. It's a hidden gem many people miss and only go to the MFA.

Thank Cathy R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Liked seeing this amazing private art collection, but I thought the museum could've done a better job of explaining the significance behind each piece...the guides in each room just stated, what/where/when it was bought....and nothing more.

Thank xenaht2000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This eccentric museum is the work of one woman who used her wealth to amass a top notch collection of art works from Europe and Asia. Thirteen pieces were stolen in xxxx (there's a Boston Globe podcast about it called Last Seen). Labels and empty...More

Thank Theo C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very good museum, in fact it was very surprising on how big and impressive this collection is. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the info cards supplied in every room are both helpful and interesting.

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7 August 2018|
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Response from JJB2_13 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it’s s wonderful oasis of cool and dark places
Jessica R
13 May 2018|
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Response from mjjpower | Reviewed this property |
I visited on a Friday and waited about 40 minutes in a line :( I arrived about 2 hours before closing.
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15 October 2017|
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