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Boston’s Renowned Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Boston’s Renowned Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Photo courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

New England is picturesque and full of fascinating history, making it an ideal go-to destination for vacationing history buffs!  While visiting exciting Boston MA, don’t forget to schedule in a trip to the city’s acclaimed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  Home to both American works of art and pieces from abroad, this special museum is an enjoyable crash course in worldwide art history for the entire family!

A Vibrant History

This museum’s history is as fascinating as the artworks it houses!  Founded in 1903 by one of the country’s premiere art patrons, Isabella Stewart Gardner, the museum has remained free for the public since its opening.  Gardner wanted to make art more accessible to people, and she noted how the country was young and people lacked opportunities to see such amazing things.  From there, she was set on generating more interest in the arts as the country developed.

Learn more about Boston legend, Isabella Stewart Gardner, from any of the intriguing biographies at the museum’s gift shop!

Exclusive Exhibitions & Programs

Year-round, the Gardner museum holds different exhibitions that highlight particular artists, themes about a new America, contemporary art, and so much more!  These special Gardner exhibitions are packed full of information, providing visitors with a visually intriguing art history lesson.

The Gardner museum attracts people from all over the world to their artist-in-residence programs.  So to really make the most out of a trip, snag a seat for one of the program’s artist lectures.  These special lecture series’ provides both tourists and locals with an exclusive look at the creative process of a professional artist. 

Historic Permanent Collections

Aside from exciting visiting artists and rotating exhibitions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosts an impressive permanent collection.  Organized in a series of rooms, like the “Blue Room” and “Midnight Room”, the museum’s permanent collection features early Italian Renaissance works, famous American master works, classic 17th century Dutch paintings, textile pieces and contemporary modern art. 


Wednesday-Monday 11 am - 5 pm
Thursday until 9 pm; Closed Tuesday
Address/Map:  280 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 566-1401
Website: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Admission: Adults: $15 | Seniors: $12 | College Students: $5 with current ID
  FREE Members, under 18, All named “Isabella”, U.S. military and families