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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

3,101 Reviews

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

3,101 Reviews
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Marisa L wrote a review Jan. 5
Boston, Massachusetts41 contributions40 helpful votes
I love it here! I would definitely read the history of the museum before you visit. Some reviewers comment on the design of the museum, but one of the most interesting facts about the museum is that the staff is not allowed to change any of the displays due to stipulations in Isabella Stewart Gardner's will. Also make sure to read about the heist! There are so many interesting facts about this museum and the works displayed here, it just takes a little research to find all the information!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Tom Gill wrote a review Dec. 2020
Boston, Massachusetts19 contributions2 helpful votes
This was just okay. It’s very dark. Much darker than any other museum I have been to. This made it very hard to see the items properly. By design, there is no information on any of the items. This is unfortunate as it takes away from being able to learn anything while you are there. Why can’t they give a better floor plan to compensate for this.
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Date of experience: December 2020
Svetlana G wrote a review Oct. 2020
Springfield, Illinois22 contributions4 helpful votes
It is the wonderful Italian villa with beautiful inner courtyard. It is filled with the remarkably haphazard staff, cannot call it collection. Paintings, tapestries, sculptors, furniture. Some of them are very interesting, but the overall feeling is of crazy rich woman without education or goal. The museum has to be visited in he daylight, there is no lighting for the exhibits, so I would imagine half of them will be invisible in the twilight. There is a website providing audio commentary and visual setup for each room to help navigate this mayhem. It is definitely worth one visit, after which you will decide if you love it or hate it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Marina wrote a review Oct. 2020
Reston, Virginia4 contributions
Overall I loved the garden more than anything else. I honestly knew knowing about Isabella Stewart going in, but after walking and looking around the museum I enjoyed the art work, reading about her and a few other famous artist.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Gumush27 wrote a review Oct. 2020
Boston, Massachusetts40 contributions19 helpful votes
I have visited this museum with a friend of mine, and we both enjoyed it so much. The architecture, the garden, furniture, art collection-shortly, every piece of this museum was splendid. I will definitely come back. Highly recommend it to everyone who visits Boston, or likes art.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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