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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts

Phone: 617-566-1401 --

Statement of Purpose:

Isabella Stewart Gardner left the museum for the education and enjoyment of the public forever.

Today, the museum seeks to fulfill this mandate by engaging the distinct interests of diverse communities through its preeminent art collection and its innovative programming, such as lecture series, artist residencies, concert series for both young and established artists, exhibitions, and educational programs for inner-city youth.

Highlights & Collections:

The Gardner Museum, designed in the style of a 15th-century Venetian palace, combines architecture, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and the color and fragrance of a flowering interior courtyard to create a unique atmosphere and experience.

Opened to the public in 1903, the museum is the remarkable achievement of Isabella Stewart Gardner, who formed the collection, designed the building, and then arranged her preeminent collection within its walls.

The collection, spanning 30 centuries and many different cultures, is particularly rich in Italian Renaissance paintings, with works by Titian, Raphael, and Botticelli. Important works by later French, German, and Dutch masters, such as Rembrandt, as well as more modern works by Matisse, Degas, Sargent, and Whistler also are included in the collection.

2,500 art works spanning 30 centuries housed in a 15th century style Venetian palazzo with flowering courtyard. 14th to 16th century Italian and 17th century Dutch paintings; wood sculpture, Greco-Roman sculpture, furniture, textiles, tapestries, rare books, bindings, autographs.

Exhibits & Special Events:

Sunday Concert Series

Young Artists Showcase


Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (galleries begin closing at 4:45 p.m.) Open the following national holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Presidents' Day; Memorial Day; Independance Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; and Veterans' Day.

Admission & Directions:

From the Mass Pike traveling eastbound: Take exit 22. Take Prudential Center exit on the ramp which takes you to Huntington Avenue westbound. Stay on Huntington Avenue (you will pass Boston Symphony Hall, Northeastern University, and the Museum of Fine Arts). Turn right onto Louis Prang Street (the Museum of Fine Arts subway stop is on your left at this corner). The Museum is on the left two blocks down.

From Storrow Drive (east or west): Take the Fenway exit. Go right at the first light which is Boylston Street. Take Boylston Street to Longwood Avenue ( you will pass Beth Israel Hospital on the left). Turn left onto Longwood Avenue. Turn left onto Palace Road. The Museum is on the right about 2 blocks down.

Public Transportation: Take the Green Line E train to Museum of Fine Arts stop. Cross Huntington Avenue towards the Texaco station onto Louis Prang Street. The Museum is two blocks down on the left. Or take the No. 39 bus and follow the rest of the directions above.

Parking: Parking is on the street; the Museum does not have a public parking lot. Paid parking is available at the Museum of Fine Arts parking garage or parking lot on Museum Road (about 3 block walk from the Gardner).



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Key Personnel:

Anne Hawley, Director

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