New Years Day 1903 commenced the legacy of Isabella Stewart Gardner's avant-garde art exposition. A dedicated traveler, collector, and art advocate, Isabella Stewart Gardner designed her museum specifically to her taste. After she passed away, she left specific instructions to future caretakers to maintain the exhibit rooms precisely how she left them. Even after the famous theft in 1990, during which thieves disguised as the Boston police robbed the museum, the pieces were not replaced, and the frames are left empty to this day.
Located alongside Boston's Fenway colleges, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum flaunts a majestic collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, original musical scores, furniture, and books for its petite space. This four-story Venetian masterpiece is home to over 2500 pieces from such world-renowned artists as Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Raphael. Unlike a traditional gallery setting, all exhibits are organized in a series of intimate, dimly-lit rooms. Surrounded by Renaissance-style walls, the courtyard in the middle of the museum displays plentiful greenery, tasteful flowers, and a delicate tile center. Visitors can catch glimpses of the courtyard through the vast open windows spread throughout the museum.
The museum's special admission instructions convey Ms. Gardner's quirkiness: if your name is Isabella, you have a lifetime membership to the museum. Come in on your birthday, with any name, and you get in for free!
- Tuesday through Sunday: 11am to 5pm
- Adults: $12
- Seniors: $10
- College Students: $5 with I.D.
- Children under 18: Free
- Subway Stop:
- Green line to thee Museum of Fine Arts stop
- Location: 280 Fenway, Boston, MA
- Phone: 617-566-1401
- Website: www.gardnermuseum.org