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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner built this museum to evoke a 15th-century Venetian palace. And it was here that she lived and displayed her 2,500 objects of art, including pieces by Michelangelo, Degas, Sargent and more. Take in her inventive creation.
  • Adult gate price $15.00
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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum provides a visceral art experience that delights the senses and makes a lasting impression on those who visit its halls. At the Gardner Museum, visitors find almost as much inspiration from the spectacular architecture and courtyard gardens as they do from the more than 2,500 works of art that overflow the museum's galleries. Housed in a stunning Venetian-style palazzo, the museum displays one of the world's greatest private art collections, including works by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Degas, Monet, Botticelli, and what The Boston Globe describes as 'Boston's most important work of art', Titian's Europa.

Staying true to its founder's mission, the Gardner Museum continues to offer changing exhibitions, lectures, and musical performances that engage visitors of all ages, and is a beacon of light and learning for the art community. The museum regularly features “Music at the Gardner”, inviting world-renowned musicians and emerging artists to perform on Sunday afternoons and select Thursday evenings (purchase tickets in advance).

The Gardner boasts a wide collection, housing pieces in the genres of Ancient Art, American, Asian, European, and Islamic arts, as well as paintings, sculpture, metalwork, textiles, works on paper, furniture, decorative arts, stained glass, and rare books & manuscripts. The collection also houses numerous works of contemporary art.

Here’s a sampling of some of the pieces you can expect to find at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum :

  • Mosaic Floor: Medusa (117-138 AD), discovered at an ancient villa north of Rome, near the villa of Augustus’s wife Livia, laid during the reign of Emperor Hadrian
  • Harmony in Blue and Silver (1865), by James McNeill Whistler: painted in the fall of 1865 when Whistler worked alongside Gustave Courbet at Trouville, and marking an important moment in his artistic development
  • Pietà (1503), by Raphael: a small panel that formed part of the predella of an altarpiece at the convent of Sant’Antonio in Perugia, depicting the Virgin enthroned and surrounded by saints, holding her son in her arms
  • Japanese Freshwater Jar (19th century): made at a porcelain workshop in Seto in the style known as Shonzu
  • Iranian Tile (1200): once part of a frieze in a prayer corner of a mosque containing deep blue Koranic inscription, glazed with copper luster

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an artistic oasis in an unlikely setting, and features many of the world’s great artistic and artisanal masterpieces. Visit this cultural hotspot for not only an insightful glance into the world of art history, but also to gain an appreciation for artistic and sensory harmony as conceptualized by Ms. Gardner herself.

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the wide collection of art from all corners of world, the great thing for me was reading the book first. As I have only spent day, I am not able to assess any negitive thing at present.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Details

Phone: 617-566-1401
Address
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115
Hours
Wednesday-Monday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm (last admission at 4:30 pm)
Thursday, 11:00 am-5:30 pm*
The Go Boston Card is accepted for admission until 5:30 pm. Once inside the museum, visitors are welcome to stay until closing.
Closings
Tuesdays
Patriots Day
Independence Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115
Public Transportation
The Museum is an easy walk from the subway or bus station. Take the Green Line 'E' train outbound or No. 39 bus to the Museum of Fine Arts stop. Cross Huntington Avenue on your right onto Louis Prang Street. Walk down Louis Prang Street for two blocks. The Museum is ahead on the left, adjacent to Evans Way Park.
Driving Directions
Free or metered street parking is limited around the Museum. We strongly encourage the use of public transportation. Paid parking lots are available at the Museum of Fine Arts on Museum Road off Huntington Avenue.

Admission and Offer Information

Getting In

The Museum is located on Louis Prang Street, two blocks beyond Huntington Avenue. Upon arrival, present your pass at the ticket desk for entry.

Note

The Museum will be closed from November 15 through the end of January (approximately) for renovations.

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