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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway
Boston, MA, 02115, United States
TEL: (617) 278-5156
TEL: (617) 566-1401

This eclectic museum occupies a meticulous replica of a Venetian palazzo and showcases an unparalleled collection of old masters, Gothic tapestries, and Renaissance furniture. Until 1924, the three-story manse—centered on an interior courtyard filled with ancient Greek statuary and blooming delphinium and Cape primrose—was also the home of its namesake, a mining heiress with an extraordinary eye for art. In 2012, the museum unveiled its Renzo Piano-designed, copper-clad wing, which includes a jewel-box music hall and galleries dedicated to works by artists in residence. A glass-enclosed walkway leads to the original building.

Admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors, free for children under 18; all named "Isabella" admitted free forever. Closed Monday.

Insider Tip:

On Sundays the museum hosts live performances by its own chamber-music ensemble; there's also jazz on some Thursday nights (call ahead).

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  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Parking Available

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