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Phone: 001 617 566 1401
Website: http://www.gardnermuseum.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum displays an art collection of world importance, including works that rank among the most significant of their type. Isabella Stewart Gardner collected and carefully displayed a collection comprised of more than 2,500 objects - paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, drawings, silver, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, photographs and letters - from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world and 19th-century France and America. Built to evoke a 15th-century Venetian palace, the Museum itself provides an atmospheric setting for Isabella Stewart Gardner's inventive creation.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

Exhibitions examine historical and social perspectives of works of art, resulting in a truly enriching experience for visitors to the Museum. The permanent collection is today a source of inspiration for educators, thinkers and contemporary artists.


Sculpture & Memory:
Works from the Gardner and by Luigi Ontani
February 9 – May 6, 2007

This exhibition contrasts European religious sculpture collected by Isabella Gardner with the work of contemporary Artist-in-Residence Luigi Ontani.

Both Ontani and Gardner used devotional imagery in personal ways. Ontani uses his face and body to play with shifting identities and to invent new fables; Gardner created new sacred spaces of private meaning in her museum.

Previous Exhibitions

Henrik HÃ¥kansson
Cyanopsitta spixii Case Study #001
June 30–September 17

Gentile Bellini and the East
December 14, 2005–March 26, 2006

A Bronze Menagerie: Mat Weights of Early China
October 5, 2006 – January 14, 2007

Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

An Asian Shore
Stefano Arienti, Artist-in-Residence
June 29 – October 8, 2007


Adults: $12
Seniors: $10
College Students: $5 with current I.D.
Children under 18 are admitted free with a parent or guardian (Any group of 10 or more children must register as a group and are subject to group registration fees.)
Members receive free admission.

Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm

(Front Admission Desk closes at 4:20 pm and galleries begin closing at 4:45 pm)

Open the following holidays: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Getting there

Paid parking is available at the Museum of Fine Arts garage or lot on Museum Road, two blocks from the Gardner. Metered street parking is also available.

Public Transportation
Take the Huntington Avenue no. 39 bus or the Green Line E-train to the Museum stop. Cross Huntington Avenue (toward the Shell Gas Station) to Louis Prang Street. Walk down Louis Prang Street for two blocks. The Museum is on the left.


Most of the Museum's galleries, as well as the Museum Shop, Gardner Café, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Information is available in Braille and in large print at the Visitor Information Desk.

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News and events

The oldest museum music program in the country continues with classical concerts in the Tapestry Room on Sunday afternoons throughout the fall and spring, and on select Friday evenings.

Lectures, Talks & Other Events
Artists, authors, and Museum staff participate in a variety of day-time and evening public lectures and gallery talks.


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Education Department develops programs and resources that promote in-depth experiences with works of art. Ongoing partnerships with neighborhood schools and community organizations are central to our mission, and help inform the creation of interactive experiences for the general museum visitor.


All groups of 10 people or more must register at least 3 weeks in advance by calling (617) 278-5147, Monday through Friday, 9 am–5 pm. Before calling, please read the Essential Information for Your Group Visit.

Groups are scheduled to arrive at the Museum between 11:15 am and 3:45 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.


School and Teacher Programs
The School Partnership Program builds close working relationships with teachers, students, and administrators in six nearby public schools. Partnering teachers bring their students to the Museum for several visits throughout the school year and work collaboratively with Museum educators to design programs that are relevant to the students’ experiences inside as well as outside the classroom. School Partnership groups visit the Gardner before the Museum opens to the general public.


Connecting with Families
The accomplishments and artwork of students involved in the Education Department’s School and Community Partnership programs are featured in a series of evening events held at the Museum at the end of each school year. Each partnering school helps to organize a “Family Night,” during which the students share with their families and friends what they have learned at the Gardner. Groups involved in Community Partnerships also participate in a festive culminating event called “Community Creations.” Each group displays artwork students have created in response to the Gardner’s collection; past exhibitions have included paintings, sculpture, and installation art. Family and friends from the neighboring community attend the gala opening night. The exhibition then remains on view at the Museum for a week, offering all visitors the chance to see the Gardner Museum through the eyes of these young people.


All groups of 10 people or more must register at least 3 weeks in advance by calling (617) 278-5147, Monday through Friday, 9 am–5 pm. Before calling, please read the Essential Information for Your Group Visit.

Groups are scheduled to arrive at the Museum between 11:15 am and 3:45 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Please bring 1 chaperone for every 10 students in a school group. Chaperones should familiarize themselves with Museum rules and help Museum staff with their enforcement.

Guided Visits
Guided visits are led by experienced Museum Teachers who highlight major works in the Gardner’s collection using an interactive approach to learning. Students are divided into small groups of 15 or fewer to encourage careful observation and discussion.

Self-Guided Visits
Groups of 30 or fewer may choose not to be led by a Museum Teacher and may visit the galleries on their own in groups of 10 or fewer. The Education Department offers a guide entitled Eyes on Art to help teachers plan effective self-guided visits.


Mornings at the Gardner: An Inside Look at Fenway Court

Join a special education program with unique opportunities for viewing and learning about Fenway Court. Classes take place in a private, relaxed atmosphere before the Museum opens to the public. Led by an experienced Gardner Museum Teacher, each course offers an in-depth approach to learning that encourages discussion, reflection, and fun.


ISGMuseumExperience an intimate connection to art. Enjoy members-only exhibition openings, world-class concerts, and stimulating lectures. Your contribution directly supports all we do to build upon a legacy of arts patronage and innovation in an atmosphere that delights the senses and fires the imagination.

$60 (fully tax-deductible)
• Unlimited free admission for one adult for one year
• Invitations to members-only exhibition previews and special events
• Special member prices and advance notice for concerts and lectures
• Invitation to New Member Tour
• 10% discount at the Museum Shop

$85 (fully tax-deductible)
All of the above benefits, plus:
• Unlimited free admission for two adults for one year
(Children are admitted for free)

$250 ($235 is tax-deductible)
All of the above benefits, plus:
• Reciprocal membership with over 25 participating museums
• Complimentary museum passes admitting four guests
• Pre-sale for Holiday Celebrations
• 15% discount at the Museum Shop for Spring Shopping Day

$500 ($465 is tax-deductible)
All of the above benefits, plus:
• A private docent-led tour for 6 people, by appointment
• Reserved seating at concerts
• Acknowledgement in Annual Report

Courtyard Circle
$1,000 ($955 is tax-deductible)
All of the above benefits, plus:
• Invitation to a Courtyard Circle event
• Complimentary Individual membership to be sent to the recipient of your choice

$25 (fully tax-deductible)
• Unlimited free admission for one year
• 10% discount at the Museum Shop
• Discount on concerts

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