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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Art Museum
Medical Center Area, Boston
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  • museums
  • new wing
  • gardens
  • architecture
  • private collection
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  • Ann S.
    Ann Sakai4 days ago
    I don't know so much about art but there are tremendous art work being presented. And man the garden.
  • Abdo K.
    Abdo KassisseOctober 22
    Awesome! Incredible private collection with amazing history behind. Congratulations for the team management of this museum.
  • Nathaniel S.
    The building itself is beautiful, and the art is of course pretty fantastic for a private collection.
  • Sara T.
    Sara TaylorSeptember 9
    Such a unique experience - definitely recommend coming here over one of the more traditional galleries. Take your time and explore - there's lots to see!
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  • Annie A.
    Annie AJune 25
    Photos are now allowed! Just no flash.
  • Mazyar
    MazyarJune 23
    Is is great place in Boston.
  • Monica P.
    Worth going and seeing it. The epitome of kitsch in a very interesting museum. Plus the expansion of Renzo Piano is worth seeing it.
  • Daniel G.
    To say there's no other place like is both extraordinary and an understatement. If you can only choose one museum in Boston, this is the one I would pick.
  • Maxwell Z.
    Impressive architecture--especially the courtyard
  • Monica D.
    Monica DesaiMarch 19
    Beautiful museum, intimate garden and delicious cocktails on the Third Thursdays of the month -- highly recommend!
  • Cam B.
    Cam BMarch 19
    Hauntingly beautiful art and a lovely garden inside.
  • Madona S.
    Get transported inside a Venetian inspired palace😍
  • Joy S.
    Joy SzilagyiFebruary 21
    Love! Words cannot describe the little slice of magic that of the garden alone. A true woman of the arts, her collection is very personal and quite magical —highly recomended!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LDecember 19, 2016
    Bring your date for a "trip" to Europe.
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellDecember 12, 2016
    Not so much a museum as a representation of her personality. Fascinating.
  • Gloria W.
    Gloria WuDecember 2, 2016
    Amazing museum that had way more to offer than the website suggests. There are hidden delights all over and a good amount of famous works from Rembrandt, Manet etc.
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BorgesOctober 11, 2016
    Would have never guessed it from the outside but it's so interesting and cool inside! There are a lot of nice things to see. Beautiful courtyard. Surprisingly!
  • Constantin W.
    Constantin WOctober 10, 2016
    Try to come here, if you are in Boston, It is a Rush!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BergusAugust 21, 2016
    The new wing is an improvement on the old house. Each third Thursday of the month is a cool themed evening that attracts a fair number of well-dressed people.
  • Drew B.
    Drew BoydAugust 2, 2016
    Such a beautiful collection. The way it is displayed is also amazing.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LazereJune 3, 2016
    The integration of the new building with the old is well done. The atrium of the old building remains a highlight of all Boston.
  • Lucie B.
    Lucie BergerovaMay 10, 2016
    A must see! Simply beautiful.
  • Johnny N.
    Johnny NoonanApril 11, 2016
    One of the best galleries I've been to!
  • Sam R.
    Sam ReynardApril 10, 2016
    $2 off if you're wearing Sox apparel
  • Michael "Bass Man" M.
    Stunning to see one person's vision preserved
  • Emily B.
    Emily BaerFebruary 20, 2016
    Come here for the Third Thursday events, the galleries and the gardens at night are beautiful. The permanent collection is stunning, and so telling of such a famous Bostonian woman.
  • anna s.
    anna simmonsJanuary 22, 2016
    take the time and sketch in the garden, they will give you paper and pencils!
  • Maciej W.
    Maciej WalkoszJanuary 21, 2016
    Beautiful place to spend the afternoon, you can spend anywhere from and hour to the whole day here.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8, 2016
    Magnificent Venetian style palazzo. Filled with an exquisite art collection.
  • Elena P.
    Elena PestrovaJanuary 7, 2016
    Very atypical place for the United States
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurNovember 23, 2015
    The most romantic place in Boston. Gorgeous year round.
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonNovember 20, 2015
    Slightly quirky museum, Third Thursdays have drinks and a DJ around the stunning courtyard.
  • Tom L.
    Tom LittrellOctober 10, 2015
    So. Much. Jesus.
  • Ting
    TingOctober 8, 2015
    An unique museum whereby the collector's personality shines strongly through her creative installation of the art she collects. New extension by Renzo Piano is sensitive to original palazzo.Thumbs up!
  • chen p.
    chen peiOctober 4, 2015
    A must see place in Boston.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica McIntireAugust 6, 2015
    The courtyard is breathtaking in the middle of the city. The design of this museum is unique and it should not be missed if you're in Boston!
  • Liz I.
    Liz IgnowskiJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    best museum in Boston!
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RuizJuly 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You can take photos of the courtyard on the first level
  • Emma Q.
    Emma QueryJuly 2, 2015
    The admission price is $5 for students! Amazing architecture and inspiring gardens compliment a vast collection of art. Take the time to visit this museum, you won't be sorry.
  • A S.
    A SJune 13, 2015
    The courtyard.. it's beautiful
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanApril 17, 2015
    Third Thursdays are kinda yuppie, but have a really cool vibe to them, especially in good weather.
  • David M.
    David MaMarch 30, 2015
    Get in early to avoid the crowds, and don't be afraid to ask the staff about the art! They're always happy to talk about it!
  • Vaughn A.
    Vaughn AllenMarch 29, 2015
    Wonderful place to spend a couple hours
  • Eric P.
    Eric PowellJanuary 20, 2015
    Been coming here for 20+ years. New construction really shows off the home. You do miss out on walking in the main entrance like it used to be though.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJanuary 15, 2015
    The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is a treasure trove of unique art and priceless collections. Be sure to locate the empty frame where a painting was stolen and never recovered.
  • cartoonztnz w.
    cartoonztnz wangsrimongkolNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful inside out
  • Zara F.
    Zara FarrarOctober 25, 2014
    Such a peaceful museum. I would happily spend hours reading or sketching in the courtyard. You can't take pictures and there's so much to see. The modern wing has a reading room filled with books.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaOctober 15, 2014
    One of the most beautiful spots in Boston. No photos allowed!
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerOctober 9, 2014
    100 years later and the Gardner museum is timelessly perfect. Venetian palazzo style architecture with a sunny atrium over a refreshing courtyard, it's no wonder why people come again and again.
  • Laurel B.
    Laurel BarrettOctober 7, 2014
    pretty but after I get there we are told no cameras. Talk about lame. The courtyard is pretty enough to get married. I guess the flowers will melt if you take their picture.
  • Suzanne W.
    Suzanne WenzOctober 6, 2014
    Always get a little chill when I look at the empty frames of the stolen art.
  • Gwen C.
    Gwen CummingsSeptember 8, 2014
    No pictures allowed inside so keep your cameras at home
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin StandeferSeptember 6, 2014
    Lucy's sister recommends
  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandSeptember 4, 2014
    Gorgeous museum! It's definitely a have to go place!
  • Maria R.
    Maria ReynaSeptember 1, 2014
    One of the best museums in Boston! 15$, totally worth it!
  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandAugust 24, 2014
    You have to go! Is amazing!
  • Shreya C.
    Shreya ChaudhariAugust 19, 2014
    Nice place to walk around, free admission if your name is Isabella or if you are part of the Fenway schools. The courtyard is very pretty however they do not allow you to take pictures there
  • Risla L.
    Risla LopesAugust 19, 2014
    It's such a pity that they don't allow photo... The museum is amazing and beautiful. You can feel the history behind every art piece.
  • Sifan X.
    Sifan XuJuly 7, 2014
    This is a must - see in Boston. This museum is fantastic. It's unique and very exploratory since Gardener arranged all her collections in a unique and imaginary way. It's full of wonder and surprise!
  • Anne H.
    Anne HApril 19, 2014
    Just leave your phone home. So beautiful.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HMarch 23, 2014
    Read about the largest ever property theft in US history here 24 yrs ago; >$500m of art including 3 Rembrandts stolen, as of 3/22/14 case remains unsolved. $5m for info leading to recovery..
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 26, 2014
    After you’ve basked in the year-round sunlight of the flower-filled courtyard, take your time in relishing the museum’s 2,500 paintings, sculptures, textiles, and furniture pieces.
  • boonlalala
    boonlalalaJanuary 22, 2014
    you will get the free entrance ($5 though) if you come on your bday. I did! plus no camera allowed
  • Amy V.
    Amy ValentinoJanuary 19, 2014
    Discount if you're wearing Red Sox gear
  • George H.
    George HindsJanuary 17, 2014
    Check out Third Thursdays...special activities, DJ and live music every 3rd Thurs. evening of the month. Great fun and a good value!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJanuary 16, 2014
    On the third Thursday of each month, the Gardner hosts a program built around a single theme featuring music, games, lectures, & refreshments. Tickets are normally $15 but are free for BU students! Read more
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithNovember 30, 2013
    American history buffs will dig the "Presidents and Statesmen" case on the third floor. Keep an eye out for the autographed photo of Teddy Roosevelt, it's one of the presidential pieces.
  • Fred O.
    Fred OgramNovember 16, 2013
    Check out the Monk Garden
  • Josey Lyne P.
    Josey Lyne PayneNovember 15, 2013
    Do see John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo - absolutely stunning! The Cooper Hill Pinot Noir in the cafe is also wonderful.
  • Kara N.
    Kara NobleNovember 10, 2013
    Lots of old stuff in there.
  • nancy z.
    nancy zeschOctober 19, 2013
    So beautiful, so relaxing.
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorOctober 12, 2013
    Less daunting than the MFA though needs an appreciation of the arts of that era to appreciate what Isabella set out to accomplish back then.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HOctober 12, 2013
    Avoid checking your coat at all costs, then skip up the stairs to the epically large wings. It will take you hours, so don't dwell on the boring stuff.
  • S J.
    S JSeptember 17, 2013
    They are closed on Tuesdays 😔 Wed-Mon open 11-5pm. Thursday they are open till 9pm!!
  • S J.
    S JSeptember 5, 2013
    The most beautiful place. If there's a museum you should go to it's this one.
  • Cat L.
    Cat LoAugust 31, 2013
    You are being watched every second like a dog. Not allowed to use your cell phone, it's super dochey
  • Don D.
    Don DerheimAugust 26, 2013
    Unless you really know what you're doing.... get the audio tour. $4.00 and worth it.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SmithAugust 24, 2013
    Wonderful, impressive
  • Alina V.
    Alina VargasAugust 14, 2013
    If you can find Mark, ask him to tell you stories about the Macknight and Blue room! He's so sweet and knowledgable.
  • carlos a.
    carlos aguilarAugust 10, 2013
    If you stole artwork, please heed the museums suggestion: "The Museum continues to issue the call to the holders of the works to conserve them in recommended temperatures and humidity levels."
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HAugust 8, 2013
    Admission is $5 with ID.
  • Bijan S.
    Bijan SabetJuly 28, 2013
    The bad part: can't take photographs
  • Rhonda G.
    Rhonda GiarratanaJuly 12, 2013
    Not as good as I thought. We weren't allowed to walk Into to the garden area nor take any Photo's. would not recommend unless you are an avid museum goer
  • Roger
    RogerJuly 11, 2013
    Among the most unique and most memorable collections I've over seen
  • Glenn G.
    Glenn GruberJuly 5, 2013
    Wear your Red Sox gear and get a $2 discount. It at least might work as an enticement to any young boys you need to convince to go.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FeissApril 21, 2013
    She had a lot of money do she bought a lot of stuff with no coherent theme, but the courtyard is beautiful.
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WApril 14, 2013
    A must see for art lovers in Boston.
  • Cedar O.
    Cedar OliverApril 11, 2013
    Don't try to park near the Gardiner. Park at the MFA or if that's full park down at Landmark shopping area, about a 5 or 10 minute walk.
  • Cedar O.
    Cedar OliverApril 11, 2013
    Don't think of this as a museum. Think of it as an eclectic place to escape our hectic century for a while. The new wing has a great reading room with all sorts of cool books on unexpected topics.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshApril 8, 2013
    This museum is a city jewel. A very unique, even romantic experience. Don't miss the gift shop (well-curated, beautiful finds for gifts & home).
  • Faith F.
    Faith FlahertyMarch 28, 2013
    Interesting that nothing can ever be changed. Ever! So when the 11 paintings were stolen, they have to leave those spaces empty.
  • Faith F.
    Faith FlahertyMarch 28, 2013
    You have to go more than once. It really is an Italian palace. First time, just walk through. Go with the tour guide. Then go again and rent the head phone tour. Well worth it.
  • Sandra F.
    Sandra FoytMarch 16, 2013
    Kids, 18 and under, are free when accompanied by adult. On weekends, drop in for free arts & crafts in Education Stufio.
  • Brookus
    BrookusJanuary 29, 2013
    Get the audio tour. There is tons see. You can find sheets of paper in lots of rooms that explain the artwork but the audio tour highlights some amazing artwork!
  • Katie M.
    Katie MandelJanuary 25, 2013
    Check out the empty frames from the heist. Gardner's instructions prohibit any changes to the museum, so the frames remain.
  • Bothainah Y.
    Bothainah YJanuary 19, 2013
    It was amazing
  • Briana M.
    Briana MooreJanuary 12, 2013
    The rules of this museum make me truly feel like I am visiting the home of an eccentric rich grandma that I never knew I had
  • Ari P.
    Ari PalefskiJanuary 3, 2013
    Good museum
  • Demetrius C.
    Demetrius CaesarDecember 30, 2012
    We can't see the paintings: not enough light, no space, no indications. Very tiring.
  • Seeta D.
    Seeta DurvasulaDecember 8, 2012
    There are art activities for kids on the weekends!
  • Boston University
    Boston UniversityDecember 3, 2012
    BU’s University Membership gives students special access to the Gardner Museum’s historic collection, special exhibitions, lectures, and a wide range of concerts.
  • Lily F.
    Lily FrancesNovember 23, 2012
    Great museum, heinous renovations. #whatcarriagehouse
  • Alida Rose
    Alida RoseNovember 22, 2012
    This woman owned a shit ton of beautiful things. Dam.
  • Mickaella Q.
    Mickaella QueirozSeptember 13, 2012
    $2 off adult/senior admission when wearing red sox apparel
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 9, 2012
    Make the most of your visit by reading up on Gardner before exploring her home – she was quite the interesting character. Read more
  • Angela S.
    Angela StevensonAugust 3, 2012
    Wonderful!! One of my favorite museums so far. If you like art, you have to see the collection. Reminds me the museums in Italy
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosJune 15, 2012
    Absolutely beautiful and charming museum. A must see for anyone visiting Boston. The cafe is quite good as well.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 5, 2012
    One of Boston's most beloved institutions. Filled with more than 2,500 pieces, and home to mesmerizing courtyard filled year-round with flowers. Read more
  • Niki R.
    Niki RhodesMay 29, 2012
    Skip the "new-and-improved" gallery and head straight over to her palace.
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 22, 2012
    She is Ambassador for the arts registered in D.C. The largest collections of Bible Characters of color was apart of a lawsuit, in 1980
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 22, 2012
    Madinah gharib has biblical+arab and Native American art..Valued at 20g back in 1985, with the church of god and christ. It is documented in Hartford Court
  • Rashida A.
    Rashida AmahtullahMay 22, 2012 madinah gharibs fineart, a bid at $1mill for her oil paintings on
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenbergApril 22, 2012
    More hot sauce.
  • Myriam S.
    Myriam SteinbackApril 9, 2012
    Don't miss Sargent's El Jaleo on the first floor of the Historic Mansion.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMarch 26, 2012
    One of Boston's most beloved institutions. Filled with more than 2,500 pieces, and home to mesmerizing courtyard filled year-round with flowers. Read more
  • Michele S.
    Michele SteinbergFebruary 27, 2012
    I've been to the Gardner many times but have not yet visited since the addition/renovation. I hope Mrs. Jack will rest easy with all these changes!
  • Susana R.
    Susana RodriguezFebruary 20, 2012
    Get tickets ahead of time or don't come on a holiday! Looooong lines!
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth FarquharFebruary 19, 2012
    Go next door to Mass Art for lunch. Good. Inexpensive.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MicheliFebruary 12, 2012
    Print your tickets out before you come. Otherwise you'll wait in several long lines.
  • Olivia D.
    Olivia DiNucciFebruary 10, 2012
    Passes at the bpl for $5 admission!
  • B M.
    B MFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    starting 2012 ISGM is closed Tuesday's
  • George G.
    George GarlandJanuary 29, 2012
    Need to see the new wing!!
  • Dan R.
    Dan RichmanJanuary 28, 2012
    Don't even think of using your cell phone or carrying a coat in your arms — the overly strict guards will tackle you. Coats must be worn, tied around your waist, or checked up front. No art for you!!
  • Simmons College
    Simmons CollegeNovember 29, 2011
    Free admission with your Simmons ID!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SalterNovember 13, 2011
    Elegant, pleasing fusion of objects and architecture around a courtyard with seasonal flowers - check out the NEW wing and music, too!
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HughesNovember 11, 2011
    I'm a museum fan, and this one is a museum lover's dream. It would also be a great place to live. The museum store here could be better, and if it were, I'd be there more often.
  • Kate M.
    Kate MoretNovember 4, 2011
    Bring a MFA ticket or member card for a discount!
  • Kate M.
    Kate MoretNovember 4, 2011
    The courtyard in the middle is unbelievably gorgeous
  • Karen G.
    Karen GniewekNovember 2, 2011
    The museum will be closing for renovations. Go soon. The renovation plans sound interesting.
  • Sean B.
    Sean BenderOctober 5, 2011
    check out the progress on the Museum's new wing!
  • Doug L.
    Doug LefrakOctober 1, 2011
    Must see collection of art. Also, read "The Gardner Heist" before coming.
  • B M.
    B MSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out the new building opening Winter 2012!
  • Jonas F.
    Jonas FoitSeptember 8, 2011
    Eclectic place...somewhat bizarre. Watch out for the staff...they swarm on you if you even have a cell phone in your's ridiculous.
  • Han H.
    Han HasanAugust 13, 2011
    Very interesting
  • Wes B.
    Wes BlackJuly 31, 2011
    Make sure you come early enough to find parking. It's pretty tough to get a good spot. I'd say at least 20-30 minutes will be needed.
  • Maximilian G.
    Maximilian GonzalezJuly 25, 2011
    Titian's rape of Europa is the most important Italian painting in north America... Loo at it
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca AJuly 16, 2011
    Free for anyone named isabella
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 8, 2011
    Go for the neighborhood nights on Thursday and check out the gorgeous courtyard for free. All members named Isabella are always allowed in for free. Read more
  • Alicia B.
    Alicia BenjaminMay 28, 2011
    Pretentious place - no touching & no photography, so mind your manners!
  • WBUR
    WBURFebruary 14, 2011
    Everything at the Gardner is being cleaned and restored — the Belgian tapestries, the hand-crafted tiles, the furniture and the artwork — to look as it did when Gardner died in 1924.
  • Geoffrey B.
    Geoffrey BrailsfordJanuary 1, 2011
    Most Interesting museum you will ever see. Unforgettable story-be sure to check out the rooms were paintings have been stolen! Awesome stuff!
  • Bloomingdale's
    Bloomingdale'sAugust 12, 2010
    With the dim lighting and unlabeled paintings, this Venetian palazzo seems less like a museum and more of a private collection – which in fact it was. Visit on your birthday, and admission’s free.
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse TuckerMarch 29, 2010
    Take advantage of 5$ student tickets and gawk at the spectacular courtyard
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LynnMarch 24, 2010
    Admire the amazing works of art. The courtyard is stunning. A great museum. Read more
  • Laura
    LauraMarch 18, 2010
    Go to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for Thursday night neighborhood nights and grab a drink with friends while relaxing by the amazing indoor garden!
  • Martha S.
    Martha SperrySeptember 26, 2009
    Even if you just go to hang out in the beautiful courtyard, this is a very special place.
  • Victoria R.
    Sin duda un lugar que tienes que conocer, curiosa arquitectura y su oasis relajante. Las personas de seguridad son groseras y llega a ser incómodo.
  • Jay L.
    Jay LeeOctober 31, 2014
    굉장히 특이한 곳. 사진은 안 되는 걸로..
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