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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

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Designed after a Venetian palace, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is home to the private art collection of its namesake. Gardner bought her first painting, Vermeer's "The Concert," at auction in Paris. The painting was stolen in a famous heist in 1990, when 13 renowned works of art were stolen. Not to worry, because almost 3,000 pieces representing periods from ancient Rome to 19th-century America still fill the gallery spaces. These include furniture, textiles, illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, and paintings from almost every era displyed just as Mrs. Gardner left them, with empty spots where the artwork was stolen. Don't miss Anders Zorn's painting of Mrs. Gardner in the galleries. Her collection blossomed quickly after her first Vermeer and she commissioned the building of the current space to give the public access. Mrs. Gardner's great love of Italy, and particularly Venice, inspired her to recreate a Venetian palace to house her favorite pieces, and in 1903 it opened to great fanfare. If your name happens to be Isabella, you get free admission. Put Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Boston family vacation planner.
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  • I've been itching to get to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a very long tome. In fact, it's been on my "bucket list". Finally made it recently and it did not disappoint. The collection was far...  more »
  • Whatever you expect, Isabella goes beyond expectations. It's new, it's old. It's full of classic paintings - Degas, Manet and Rembrandt - and yet also sports an up to date sound exhibit! It's flowers ...  more »
  • This is the museum where in 1990 thirteen very valuable paintings were stolen (including works of Vermeer and Rembrandt). The theft was never solved although at least 2 books have been written with so...  more »
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  • Our first time to visit since the expansion. This is an exquisite and intimate museum - there are so many treasures and surprises among the more famous pieces. It's a manageable size for an afternoon, and tickets are a good value at $15 per adult. We enjoyed lunch at the museum's restaurant - a special treat for us.
  • Beautiful museum. The experience of walking through a "made for art" house was actually as rewarding as the artwork itself. The grounds are immaculately maintained and the rooms are wonderfully curated to take advantage of the pieces they house. When you add the history of the patroness to the mix, it is a rich and memorable experience.
  • One of the most beautiful places in Boston. You'll witness the legacy of a woman who with utmost amount of detail decorated her mansion and left its doors open to public to see and enjoy. It also has a great collection of paintings and works of art.
  • Stunning museum with the most beautiful patio. A place of true peace and harmony. Would definitely recommend a visit and grab something to eat at the fabulous Cafe G.
  • Perfectly wonderful private home turned museum. The best stop hands down on my recent Boston trip. Be sure to visit and stay a while!