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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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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.