Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Top 1% of attractions in Boston
9 / 10

14 expert reviews

“Today, it's probably America's most idiosyncratic treasure house.”

– Fodor's

"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."
"The pièce de résistance is the magnificent skylit courtyard, filled year-round with fresh flowers grown by the museum's horticultural staff." Full review
Lonely Planet
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"The Gardner is filled with almost 2000 priceless objects, primarily European, including outstanding tapestries and Italian Renaissance and 17th-century Dutch paintings." Full review
Travel + Leisure
"This eclectic museum occupies a meticulous replica of a Venetian palazzo and showcases an unparalleled collection of old masters, Gothic tapestries, and Renaissance furniture." Full review
Time Out
"The Gardner museum is a lavish reconstruction of a 15th-century Venetian palace, complete with a luxurious interior courtyard with a seasonally changing floral display." Full review
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