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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

3,103 Reviews

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

3,103 Reviews
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HM H wrote a review 11 Feb
Saint Louis, Missouri267 contributions36 helpful votes
Read about Isabella Stewart Gardner's history before visiting this place, and you will appreciate it a lot more. Such a well kept place, and amazing history.
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Date of experience: March 2020
JulietteND wrote a review 7 Feb
Fargo, North Dakota315 contributions104 helpful votes
I read this book called the Art Forger a couple years ago. My Aunt turned 80 and I wanted to visit with her - but Covid- we thought a museum would be a great way to stay distanced but spend time together. She mentioned this & my brain immediately said YES! It is spectacularly quirky, and interesting and packed full. You must go with time. •Time to sit and stare. •Time to seek out the weird and small items. •Time to wander aimlessly and wonder if you are lost. •Time to look at the doors you’re passing through. It is really weird and wonderful. It’s a shame about the stolen paintings. Yet there is so much to see, you hardly miss them. Her story is worth looking into.
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Date of experience: February 2021
Marisa L wrote a review Jan 2021
Boston, Massachusetts43 contributions43 helpful votes
I love it here! I would definitely read the history of the museum before you visit. Some reviewers comment on the design of the museum, but one of the most interesting facts about the museum is that the staff is not allowed to change any of the displays due to stipulations in Isabella Stewart Gardner's will. Also make sure to read about the heist! There are so many interesting facts about this museum and the works displayed here, it just takes a little research to find all the information!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Tom Gill wrote a review Dec 2020
Boston, Massachusetts19 contributions2 helpful votes
This was just okay. It’s very dark. Much darker than any other museum I have been to. This made it very hard to see the items properly. By design, there is no information on any of the items. This is unfortunate as it takes away from being able to learn anything while you are there. Why can’t they give a better floor plan to compensate for this.
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Date of experience: December 2020
Svetlana G wrote a review Oct 2020
Springfield, Illinois22 contributions4 helpful votes
It is the wonderful Italian villa with beautiful inner courtyard. It is filled with the remarkably haphazard staff, cannot call it collection. Paintings, tapestries, sculptors, furniture. Some of them are very interesting, but the overall feeling is of crazy rich woman without education or goal. The museum has to be visited in he daylight, there is no lighting for the exhibits, so I would imagine half of them will be invisible in the twilight. There is a website providing audio commentary and visual setup for each room to help navigate this mayhem. It is definitely worth one visit, after which you will decide if you love it or hate it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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