Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 94%Local Culture
- 82%History Buffs
- 62%Budget Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (18)
- Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Feb 11, 2014
An eclectic art museum of high caliber yet in an intimate setting. Though very close to the Museum of Fine Arts and may be the lesser known, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shines with an unique personality of its own and its former owner has done something rather amazing in constructing this museum.
Once you step across the hall way to the palace, where majority of the art pieces are hosted, the year-round blossoming garden comes into view. The garden is beautiful, intervened with plants, flowers are sculptures and art pieces carefully arranged to accent or hide among the plants. Benches surrounding the garden provide perfect observation points for the garden with booklets laying around which provides explanations and descriptions about the horticulture, sculptures and history of the garden. The museum itself hosts three levels of paintings, sculptures, furniture, and ornaments from various eras and cultures. Each room is gathered into specific themes, visitors can walk around with a laminated room self guide in their hand which points out the different art works in the room (e.g. north wall, east wall ...). The back of the guides includes a brief description of the purpose for the room and then of specific art works. This is really my favorite way of learning about art - complete immersion in every way. The collections themselves are very impressive, everything from Rembrandt, Titian to John Sargent's portrait of Isabella herself, including manuscripts, correspondences, musical scores from famous artists, exquisite ink and pencil sketches down to the very last detail, sculptures from Egyptian and Renaissance eras, even tapestries, furniture and stationary from eastern cultures. The genius design grants a differing view of the garden courtyard from every room's window, one can't help but stop to admire the view one additional time.
In the process, inevitably you will come across some interesting facts about Isabella Gardner and the museum itself. For example, the empty frames on the wall, where the stolen art of 1990 were originally found, are left hanging blank as a reminder of the losses that were never recovered. In the first main building, the second floor has an exhibition hosting the memories of the missing pieces in a photography and text representation of "Last Seen", reading the words by the lamenting spectators are quite moving. She is also an endorser of music and artists in general, during her lifetime, she invited many resident artists and musicians to make the palace their home. And Calderwood Hall, concert hall dedicated to hosting musical performances and series is used for Music at Gardner.
It is difficult to describe the feeling of walking through such a palace of art where it was also a place of residency for artists to thrive - magnificent yet softened by intimacy. Quite an experience.
- Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumOct 21, 2013
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is like taking a step into the Secret Garden....and your grandmother's eclectic art collection. The museum itself is absolutely stunning, and features a courtyard with a beautiful garden that includes ivy growing up the through the interior of the building. Her collection of art, furniture, and sculptures are amazing - I especially love the tapestries. The museum also has a great "young professionals" night each week, featuring cocktails and music.
- Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 26, 2013
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is such a unique place, because it isn't just an art museum, a historical collection or a home tour, but a fusion of all three. As you enter the old part of the museum, you are literally entering Ms. Gardner's home, which adds a special element of intimacy to the place. And you can tell by the vast variety of artifacts and pieces on display, just how incredibly passionate (and perhaps, batty), she was as a person. There's a quirkiness to the collection that I really enjoyed. It was as if we were exploring Ms. Havisham's home. And the Spanish courtyard is beautiful. It was certainly a nice pick-me up on the dreary winter day I was there. Admission is $15, but there are number of discounts available. And entry is free if your name is Isabella!
- Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Aug 18, 2013
This museum isn't nearly as popular as it should be! The building itself is gorgeous and the collection is great, even if some paintings were stolen!
- Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 15, 2013
I always find these museums by indefatigable collectors to be head shaking. It amazes to realize one person had the money and resources to accumulate such an art collection and in Isabella Stewart Gardner’s case, furniture as well. Unlike the MFA, the explanations are limited and the lighting rather dark but the building itself is worth a look.
If you go with your MFA ticket, you can also get a discount on admission.Recommended for:Art & Design Lovers
- Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 24, 2012
Beautiful museum with a gorgeous Venetian style courtyard. The Gardner museum its one of the small great repository of art. All of the exhibition rooms face the inner courtyard. It doesn't matter if you're on the ground floor or top floor. Make sure to check out the Singer Sargent and the Titian.
- Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumAug 21, 2012
Now this is a curiosity: an old house was turned into a museum on the condition that no one was allowed to change anything about it. From this, all one can surmise is that Ms. Gardner was perhaps the most eclectic collector and traveller this side of the Rio Grande. Beautiful, with art of all varieties (good, bad, high, low), arranged by an air of Victorian sterility and discomfort, and embellished by a bizarre taste for the "exotic" East and Arab worlds.
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- Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 04, 2012
Modeled after a Venetian palazzo, with a lovely courtyard garden the Gardner has a superb collection of art, paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, drawings, manuscripts... well a list start to looks a little boring, but the museum is anything but. It's like going to a museum in a major capitol of Europe without flying. I love this place in the winter when you can enjoy the greenery of the garden courtyard while the world outside is covered in snow. The building itself is elegant, yet inviting.
- Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Jul 04, 2012
This wasn't on our list of places to visit, but after recommendations from a few friends familiar with the area, we had to visit. Glad we did. The courtyard is spectacular, and the collection of art is impressive. It's unfortunate that a few notable pieces were stolen awhile back. Definitely worth a visit.