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Boston Public Library

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Boston Public Library and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are both recommended by those who travel for a living. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum scores significantly better than Boston Public Library. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has a TripExpert Score of 97 with approval from 11 sources such as Not For Tourists, Travel + Leisure and Time Out.

Boston Public Library and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are both recommended by those who travel for a living. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum scores significantly better than Boston Public Library. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has a TripExpert Score of 97 with approval from 11 sources such as Not For Tourists, Travel + Leisure and Time Out.

tripexpert score
92
#3 in Boston
location

700 Boylston St., At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116

endorsements
  • 13 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    The Boston Public Library is a destination in itself, and not just for bookworms.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    This venerable institution is a handsome temple to literature and a valuable research library. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    The central branch of the city's library system is an architectural and intellectual monument. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Dating from 1852, the esteemed Boston Public Library lends credence to Boston’s reputation as the ‘Athens of America.’. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 54

    The first in the country to lend books. Full Review →

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97
#2 in Boston

280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

  • 13 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    Isabella Stewart Gardner was an heiress and something of a black sheep of late-19th- and early-20th-century Boston society: She was a rabid Red Sox and horse-racing fan.

  • 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 →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    Isabella Stewart Gardner built Fenway Court, which resembles a 15C Venetian-style palace, to showcase her magnificent art collection in an intimate setting. Full Review →

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