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Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115 (Cross street: Palace Rd)
Neighborhood: Fenway (West) / Mission Hill
Specifics: NFT Pick
Phone: 617-566-1401
Landmarks Eccentric collection highlighting the Renaissance and the pleasures of having money. A gem.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Posted by:  Lacey Prpic Hedtke

This is my favorite place in Boston. Modeled after a 15th-century palazzo turned in on itself, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a most magical and whimsical place. The founder, Mrs. Gardner, traveled the world collecting remnants of Italian churches, tapestries, chairs, paintings by European masters, statues, and mosaics. She was a sponsor of local artists, including John Singer Sargeant, who used the Gothic room as his studio for some time; there are several of his pieces here. Mrs. Gardner’s correspondence with notable people of her day is also on display, as well as an impressive collection of books by Dante. It is awe inspiring to realize she orchestrated everything—the location, building design, and placement of every object. When you step into the museum, you will feel like you’ve been transported to another place and time. Her will stipulates that nothing can be moved or changed but it’s not all 19th century—the museum began an Artist In Residency program, opened a special exhibition gallery showing contemporary artists, including Sol Lewitt this month, and a concert series, holding classical concerts every Sunday. The museum host lectures, film screenings, and other special events. This is an amazing museum built by an amazing woman —if you haven’t visited yet, you should.

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Average Rating: 5   (5=Amazing, 1=Just Horrible)
Submitted: 2/25/2010 4:24 PM                  
Posted By: Magda Nakassis