Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

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Garden · Art Museum
Designed after a Venetian palace, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is home to the private art collection of its namesake. Gardner bought her first painting, Vermeer's "The Concert," at auction in Paris. The painting was stolen in a famous heist in 1990, when 13 renowned works of art were stolen. Not to worry, because almost 3,000 pieces representing periods from ancient Rome to 19th-century America still fill the gallery spaces. These include furniture, textiles, illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, and paintings from almost every era displyed just as Mrs. Gardner left them, with empty spots where the artwork was stolen. Don't miss Anders Zorn's painting of Mrs. Gardner in the galleries. Her collection blossomed quickly after her first Vermeer and she commissioned the building of the current space to give the public access. Mrs. Gardner's great love of Italy, and particularly Venice, inspired her to recreate a Venetian palace to house her favorite pieces, and in 1903 it opened to great fanfare. If your name happens to be Isabella, you get free admission. Put Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and other Boston attractions into our Boston trip itinerary planning website, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The Gardner Museum is more like a Venetian Palazzo than a typical museum. It was once the private home of Isabella Stewart Gardner and is quite beautiful to walk through. Right now it is hosting...  more »
  • This is a fabulous art museum full of priceless art, antiquities and even nature as there is a beautiful courtyard. Three things I did not like: the staff are not very friendly, the purchase of...  more »
  • ** History note , On March 18, 1990, 13 works of art valued at a combined total of $500 million were stolen from this Museum. A $10 million reward is still offered on finding them. This place is two blocks walking distance away from Museum Green line stop. Walk down ** Louis Prang St. ** to busy intersection. You will see Evans Way Street on left, next street by Park on left 100 feet down is entrance. The original front of Museum is on " Louis Prang Street. Evans Way Street runs on both sides of the this little Park. Food and gift shop is the new section in my photo and entrance..
  • I went with my Fiance during summer. It's a beautiful museum with art, architecture and nature. Such pretty plants, paintings and sculptures. So much to learn and there is an audio guide to be used with the map of the museum. I do recommend bringing your headphones to be able to listen to it. They also provide headphones at the site.

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