As remarkable as its eccentric socialite founder, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a lavish reconstruction of a 15th century Venetian palace, complete with an exquisite interior courtyard. Conceived by Gardner and her husband to house the growing collection amassed during their extensive travels, the museum opened in 1903. Every item in the 2,500-piece collection, spanning European, Asian and Islamic art from classical times to the turn of the 20th century, is meticulously placed according to Gardner’s personal instructions. (The downside is the empty frames that once contained priceless paintings, stolen in 1990.) Among the many highlights are John Singer Sargent’s El Jaleo and Titian’s Europa. A new wing, designed by museum maestro Renzo Piano, houses gallery space for special exhibitions and other facilities.
|Venue name:||Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum||Contact:|
25 Evans Way
|Cross street:||at The Fenway|
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sun 11am-5pm|
|Transport:||Green E line to Museum of Fine Arts|
|Price:||$12; $5–$10 reductions; free under-18s|
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What a charming presentation of an exquisite collection. Isabella Stewart Gardener put her love and life into it and it shows. The museum is not just a showroom but the reflection of what an astute collector wanted us to see in context. The Barnes collection in Philadelphia and the Frick in New York City have a similar approach and aura. My suggestion: not to be missed! Stephan
The ISG is arguably the most worthwhile of the museums in Boston. Crammed full of pieces that probably belong either in the Vatican or the Louvre, the ISG is a unique museum that requires at least a couple of hours. Get your culture on - you won't regret it.
Fantastic collection of gothic to modern art. The garden alone is worth the visit. Priced very reasonably, $5 for a student ticket.