Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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12 expert recommendations


Atlas Obscura

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



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.


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 →


Fodor's Tick Choice

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

If you're looking for a light lunch after your tour, visit Cafe G near the gift shop.

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 →


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 →


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 →


Not For Tourists

Eccentric collection highlighting the Renaissance and the pleasures of having money. A gem. Full review →


The Telegraph

This Venetian-style palazzo was built for the personal collection of its founder. Full review →


Time Out Tick Critics' Choice

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 →


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 →



Isabella Stewart Gardner’s vast collection of more than 2,500 fine and decorative art objects, paintings, tapestries and furnishings and includes a venue for contemporary artists and concerts. Full review →

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