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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Boston Athenaeum

Both Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston Athenaeum are praised by expert reviewers. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum scores significantly better than Boston Athenaeum. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum comes in at 97 with endorsements from 11 publications like Fodor's, Travel + Leisure and Frommer's.

Both Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston Athenaeum are praised by expert reviewers. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum scores significantly better than Boston Athenaeum. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum comes in at 97 with endorsements from 11 publications like Fodor's, Travel + Leisure and Frommer's.

tripexpert score
97
#2 in Boston
location

280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

endorsements
  • 13 endorsements
  • 68

    Atlas Obscura

    Two thousand artifacts from around the world collected by one woman with an addiction.  Full Review →

  • 8

    Condé Nast Traveler

    Often over-shadowed by the Museum of Fine Arts next door, the museum is packed with more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries. The Palm Courtyard is one of the prettiest places in town. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Today, it's probably America's most idiosyncratic treasure house. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    The pièce de résistance is the magnificent skylit courtyard, filled year-round with fresh flowers grown by the museum's horticultural staff. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The Gardner is filled with almost 2000 priceless objects, primarily European, including outstanding tapestries and Italian Renaissance and 17th-century Dutch paintings. Full Review →

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89
#11 in Boston

10 Beacon St., Boston, MA

  • 9 endorsements
  • 68

    Atlas Obscura

    A morbid secret lies hidden within the beautiful walls of the Boston Athenaeum.  Full Review →

  • 8

    Condé Nast Traveler

    This magnificent private library is tucked away behind red leather–bound doors with more than 600,000 volumes of gilt-lettered books and rare manuscripts. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Bostonians now jealously guard the title "Athens of America." One of the oldest libraries in the country. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    Mounts exhibits in the compact art gallery on the first floor... and schedules lectures, readings, concerts, and, on rare occasions, viewings. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    An old and distinguished private library, having hosted the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Full Review →

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