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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Closes in 14 min: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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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
Closes in 14 min
Hours Today: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115-5538
Fenway / Kenmore
+1 617-566-1401
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a wonderful museum. Great to visit in the spring when the flowers bloom in the courtyard. The only downside is that with the recent large expansion, the main museum could certainly use a little "spiffing" up.

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum is absolutely beautiful! Make sure you bring your phone and headphones with you as they offer a free audio guide that you can stream from your device. The audio tour pointed out so many things that I would have missed if I was...More

Thank aud322
Reviewed 3 days ago

While we paused for a moment upon seeing the long line on our Saturday visit we were so happy that we waited and got to experience this museum. I absolutely loved exploring this one-of-a-kind museum. It was on the top of my daughters things she...More

Thank vrappana
Reviewed 4 days ago

The galleries are so dark one can’t really see the paintings. I was told it was to preserve the art from too much light. Absurd. May as well just keep the paintings in a closet. I’ve been in countless museums and never encountered this. The...More

Thank zupa
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visit this museum! The art is amazing but the details of the building and garden is just as worthy! You won't be disappointed.

Thank jnine023
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There is plenty if history and numerous items to see. The gardens are beautiful and you can also grab a bite to eat.

Thank SLynnS03
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you have only 5 hours to see Boston, THIS is the BEST place to visit. Huge palace with treasures from all over Europe, Asia & the ancient Muslim world. Roman tubs, medieval coats of armor, Renaissance paintings. GORGEOUS, glass ceilinged garden, tropical flowers ancient...More

Thank LoveToTravelSamson
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting to see the eclectic art in its original setting and the interesting historic rooms but overall we were not transported. Lighting is somewhat dim, the furniture is a mixture of heavy, ornate pieces and most of the art is medieval religious art which we...More

Thank berkshireshomeowner
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a great story but such a poor presentation. I get the idea of keeping the collection as is but the lack of any descriptions and information is frustrating to say the least. The laminated cards in each room are difficult to read and find...More

Thank Snorkelbear
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an unusual place! It is the old, private home of a now-deceased heiress that's been 'encapsulated' by a modern building that surrounds it. It is filled with her many treasures and has a lovely central court garden. While four-stories tall, the museum displays are...More

Thank Peter A
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within Kenmore Square, the old gas station Citgo sign
is another Boston skyline classic seen throughout the
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August 6, 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
May 12, 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.
October 14, 2017|
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