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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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The Institute of Contemporary Art

Both Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Institute of Contemporary Art are rated very highly by those who travel for a living. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ranks significantly higher than The Institute of Contemporary Art. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ranks #2 in Boston with approval from 11 publications including Lonely Planet, Michelin Guide and Travel + Leisure.

Both Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Institute of Contemporary Art are rated very highly by those who travel for a living. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ranks significantly higher than The Institute of Contemporary Art. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ranks #2 in Boston with approval from 11 publications including Lonely Planet, Michelin Guide and Travel + Leisure.

tripexpert score
97
#2 in Boston
location

280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

endorsements
  • 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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#14 in Boston

100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

  • 12 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    Founded in 1936, the ICA showcases work by the likes of Nan Goldin, Mona Hatoum, Paul Chan, and Julian Opie (major exhibitions rotate three times per year).

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Now the ICA is building a major permanent collection for the first time in its history, while continuing to showcase innovative paintings, videos, installations, and multimedia shows. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    The city's first new art museum in nearly a century, the endlessly fascinating ICA is a work of art in its own right. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the dramatic quarters of the Institute of Contemporary Art. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide Tick 0 Stars

    The new, 65,000sq ft site features a facade of translucent and transparent glass, wood and metal, and a dramatic folding ribbon shape. Full Review →

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