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280 The Fenway, Boston, MA | Directions 0211542.338825 -71.098664
Neighborhoods: Medical Center Area, Fenway/Kenmore
undergoing renovation – The museum is undergoing extensive renovation. Most of the rooms are in a state of disarray. It was difficult to get a sense of what everyone else saw.
sanctuary & artistic retreat extraordinaire – When you want to look at art & surround yourself in beauty but don't have the energy to do a full day walking around a museum, taking on multiple galleries, rest easy at the Gardner. Each room is an inspiraton and loaded with gorgeous and spectacular paintings, anitiques and relics that appeal to the eye but at the same time you won't be overwhelmed. Even if you just want to sit overlooking the courtyard garden the entire time you're here, it is time wellspent.
Everbody that lives in MA should visit this museum at least once! – The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has always been a favorite of mine since I first discovered it in the eighties. The building's architecture is just as impressive s the artwork itself. I love the multi levels and the views of the landscaped courtyard. This is a great place to spend a rainy day.
A collection of works by European masters, housed in a Venetian palace, assembled by one of Boston's most remarkable figures. – Study the famous Sargent portrait of Mrs. Gardner, museum namesake and locally renowned art patron--it conveys the sense, sensuality and force of character that led her to assemble her striking collection and the palace to house it, and to ensure in her will that no one could ever second-guess her. Besides the art, visit often for the music series, the flower-filled courtyard, the excellent cafe and programs with visiting artists. The art represents an impressive collection of Italian Renaissance (Titian, Botticelli) paintings as well as French, German and Dutch masters. One of Mrs. Gardner's well-represented favorites was Degas, and the museum owns the first Matisse to enter an American collection.
Photo by Christine Liu
A women with class!! – The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is one of the best museums I have been in a long time, its beauty and ambience is exquisite!
Not your typical museum – This isn't a place to roam halls and marvel at the exhibitions. It is a place to go and absorb the ambiance and the feeling that you are visiting a slice of heaven. There's something very peaceful and unique about this museum and it's on my list of must-see again if I ever return to Boston.
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