|Monday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||11:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Friday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Absolutely incredible! So many interesting and beautiful works of art from so many different mediums and countries around the world. Paintings, ancient artifacts, antiques, books, and so much more! This was museum was the private residence of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a collector of fine art from around the world. You will be absolutely amazed! This would be a great place for a date! I caution those with small children, however, because many of the items on display are not to be touched. If you enjoy art museums and are looking for a completely different experience than your "normal" art museum, then this is the place for you. This museum consists of four floors; the fourth floor is not accessible to the public as it was the private residence of Isabella. The rest of the museum is made up of many different rooms and each room has a different theme .Visiting the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an experience you'll never forget!
Beautiful museum where the building is its own work of art. Small'ish collection but ranges across a broad spectrum of styles, themes and mediums. The indoor courtyard is breathtaking and almost a good enough reason by itself to go. Be sure to ask about the stolen paintings and visit the rooms where the empty frames hang. They seem to hold events here regularly and the on site cafe is exceptional. I was expecting over priced, underwhelming food but they surprised me right off the bat with free popovers and a creative, local, rotating menu
Fantastic! Always wanted to come here! Italian Courtyard was stunning. Fresh greenery, beautiful statues. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Doors open at 11 am, come early to avoid the lines. Enjoyed the artwork and other objects. Blank frames mark the famous art heist from the 1990s. G Cafe was delicious. Quick and friendly service. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Large, fantastic museum. The building itself is beautiful and filled with renaissance and Gothic era artwork. While I'm not a huge fan of this type of artwork, I did have a great visit. The main draw for me to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was the art heist that happened in the early 90s. Volunteers are easy found throughout the museum and are beyond helpful with answering questions and telling you about the art.
This "museum" is almost impossible to classify and was possibly the highlight of our trip to Boston. It is one woman's unique collection and accomplishment, a mixture of architecture, art, furnishings, memorabilia and internal and external gardens. There are some delightfully quirky aspects to the collection, as well as the entrance policy: discounted/free prices if your name is Isabella, or it is your birthday, or if you are wearing Red Soxs gear! The comfy library and accomplished cafeteria/restaurant in the new building add to the variety and charm of a visit.
My daughter and her nine year old daughter and I visited here while visiting Boston on spring break. The afternoon we went the Museum was open until nine. We came at four and enjoyed a most delightful dinner and left before closing. From the very start we felt at home, enchanted and could have easily just stated there forever. We especially enjoyed the courtyard at sunset with the sun's golden rays revealing textures not expected.
A fantastic collection of paintings, tapestries, sculptures and objects from around the world, housed in a truly beautiful building. Walking in to the courtyard for the first time is breathtaking. The newer part of the museum containing the ticket hall, gallery, restaurant and performance space is well designed and compliments the original building nicely. Great food too! Highly recommend a visit to this museum if you're in the Boston area, but be warned that the queue for entry can be long, especially at weekends, so get there early.
Wonderful museum made even more interesting by the famous theft. Love that you don’t need to spend many many hours to feel like you’ve seen it and done it justice. Was the perfect spot for a fun & romantic date—complete with delicious wine and small plate dishes at the restaurant.
By far the best Boston has to offer- this museum has something for everyone. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly and the cafe is equally impressive. The collection in this museum is breathtaking. This is a place where everything is a work of art from the tiles on the floor, to the wallpaper - to the Rembrandt on it. A+ You walk in and immediately forgot about the outside world- it’s my little paradise in the city.
This lovely museum was recommended to us on a visit to Boston. The rooms are packed with artworks, while the building itself is a gem. I don't know if it is always as crowded, but they were offering a several discounted or free admissions. Very nice visit and we saw some important works. John Singer Sargent was friend who painted at the ISG house, so many of his works are displayed, along with Rembrandt, Whistler, etc.
Literally my favorite museum on earth. $5 student rate with ID. I go as often as possible.A peaceful place on weekdays and lively during times like spring break season and summer vacations. Important notes: 1. while it is handicap accessible, it's not easy. The staff will bend over backwards to accommodate as they can but they may beg your patience and pardon in the process. 2. Unlike many museums, the ISG is open on Mondays but closed on Tuesdays. If you're in town for a quick visit and looking to hit a few museums, that can make it a great choice for your Monday. 3. This is not your average museum, have an open mind. The things that make this museum amazing and unique may catch regular museum-goers off guard: no megawatt lighting, no tags next to every picture (more info is available on laminated guides in each room or through guided tours), unconventional arrangements and an eclectic collection. While the museum is ostensibly unchanged since its early days, it changes all the time with the weather, the time of day, the season, and the people. If you don't know much about the history, I'd highly recommend springing for a guided tour; the story of the museum is as compelling as the art it holds.
A beautiful place with wonderful artwork and lovely designed exhibit halls. Rather than feeling like a crowded museum, it feels as if you are walking around a luxurious Victorian-era mansion. Highly recommended! While you are in Boston, you should also check out the Museum Of Science- I highly recommend that place as well! Both museums are super fun and educational!
Best museum in Boston hands down. Cool history of the heist and sometimes there’s live music (very chill) in the courtyard. If they had lounge chairs in this place I’d hang out there all day. Sitting on the bench in the monk’s garden is very relaxing. I recommend coming as close to the opening time as possible - can get very busy in the afternoon.
Such a frustrating visit. So many beautiful pieces... most lit very poorly. You can’t appreciate the artwork for all its beauty because it’s so dark inside, you can’t see anything properly! Evidently, instead of investing in proper lighting, all the funds are going to hiring museum staff with god complexes. I understand that some museums are stricter than others with their rules (hey, they have them for a reason!) but they were not clear about theirs at all. They waited to tell us about their no-bag policy JUST AFTER we bought our tickets. Had I known, I would have left it in the car, as we were parked just outside the entrance. Then, after we were quite a ways into the museum, they informed my boyfriend that he couldn’t hold his jacket, he had to wear it. The staff guard doorways to limit the number of people that can be in a room at a given time, which is appreciated because some of them are quite small. But one in particular was so preoccupied telling the line of people that they couldn’t go in a room, he didn’t realize the line of people that was forming on the other side, wanting to leave the room! Two stars for the gorgeous pieces we saw, but until they fix these issues, I don’t recommend the Gardner to my friends visiting the Boston area.
This is one of the coolest spots in the city especially if you like art and culture. You could wander around for hours, its truly a remarkable spot. She has rooms that are themed in different ways and has art from all over the world. The courtyard in the middle is really cool they change the flowers there every once in a while. I very highly recommend.
Phenomenal collection. All the art pieces are separated by rooms and corridors and are arranged in every which way, which made for fun and interesting observation. Room guides were provided which were helpful to be able to see which pieces were which because of the vast quantity of pieces that were in each room. The Life, Death, and Revelry exhibit going on now was incredible. We were in awe being able to see the Farnese Sarcophagus up close. And the courtyard...pictures cannot portray how beautiful it actually was. For parking, we parked in the Simmons College parking garage which kept our car cool because it was such a hot day, and we paid about $13 for a couple hours. If you want to save some cash, street parking would be an option as well. There are spots that are metered right in front of the museum.
Make sure you get the headphones for the tour. There is TOO much content to try to see on your own. I was not informed. Also no real dairy free options in the cafe. Fascinating museum!!! Amazing woman to collect. ALL the content.
This a fantastic museum. To be able to wander around the house at your own pace is a bonus. Even the greenhouse for specimens was a sight to see! It can be a bit busy so go at first opening. I didn't eat at the little cafe so I can't speak to that. Photos are allowed, don't touch things though. Some rooms are roped off and a certain amount of people are allowed in at a time so it can feel as if you're rushed through them. It's definitely worth a visit to see this place.
I wanted to treat my nieces to a beautiful museum as I have been here several times and loved it myself. The upstairs rooms were fine. We had to wait in line about an hour though on the first floor galleries. I'm not at all thrilled with the staff and how they handle rooms. WE waited an hour to see the "Blue room" as we were waiting at the door another guard came in and asked why more people weren't in the room and the guard inside laughed and said she didn't feel safe. The other woman lets us in finally. I want to know what about myself and my two sixteen year old nieces was so threatening that she denied us entry?! My family is German and we spoke German while we were waiting and I found this to be racist. This is absolutely NOT how the museum should be run. This was a lasting memory that we will not cherish but cannot forget.
This is an amazing museum and definitely worth a trip. I love the lush inner courtyard in the winters and they always have beautiful new flowers blooming. The new wing offers a great cafe (expensive though) as well as an exhibition space that often has something quite interesting. The concerts are fun as well and Third Thursdays are a great evening outing.
So much better than you could ever imagine. The art and architecture are gorgeous, but the garden courtyard is from another world. I went during one of the Thursday night block parties and it was a lot of fun. Lots of activities going on for people to participate in. They also had live music in the palace courtyard and it greatly improved my experience.
I finally got to walk around this women's 'house' and see explore years of her personal collection. A lot of cool history here including the pieces of stolen art which still have the frames hanging on the tapestry. A women working there was eager to help me navigate my plan of attack and seemed very excited with what I was about to see. Very peaceful beautiful place, not to missed.