Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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.