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Museum of Fine Arts

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Both are rated very highly by professional travelers. On balance, Museum of Fine Arts is the choice of most reviewers compared to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Museum of Fine Arts comes in at #1 in Boston with accolades from 10 reviewers like Lonely Planet, Afar Magazine and concierge.com.

Both are rated very highly by professional travelers. On balance, Museum of Fine Arts is the choice of most reviewers compared to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Museum of Fine Arts comes in at #1 in Boston with accolades from 10 reviewers like Lonely Planet, Afar Magazine and concierge.com.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Boston
location

465 Huntington Ave, Avenue of the Arts, Boston, MA 02115-5597

endorsements
  • 11 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    One of America's grandest art museums, the MFA holds American and European paintings from the 7th century to the present.

  • 8

    Condé Nast Traveler

    There's a special focus on American masters from the 18th and 19th centuries: Copley, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassat, John Singer Sargent, and Gilbert Stuart. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Count on staying a while if you have any hope of seeing what's here. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    One of the world's great art museums, the MFA works nonstop to become even more accessible and interesting. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The Museum of Fine Arts holdings encompass all eras, from the ancient world to contemporary times, and all areas of the globe, making it truly encyclopedic in scope. 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.

  • 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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