Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a special highlight in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area and the Colleges of the Fenway community.

This spectacular museum is located in walking distance from all of the Colleges in the consortium.

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.

Historical and scholarly endeavors at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, directed by the Curator of the Collection, explore the Museum’s permanent collection and the context of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s time in order to encourage new ways of thinking about art and culture. 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. In 2002, the Museum’s first “Scholar-in-Residence” collaborated with Museum curators and the community on research into the life of Japanese art critic Okakura Kakuzo and his influence on Isabella Stewart Gardner. Other recent projects have begun to highlight lesser-known aspects of the permanent collection and archives.

Each college holds a membership which includes the following benefits for all COF students, faculty and staff which includes:

  • Complimentary admission for all students, faculty and staff to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum including admission during regular hours (Tuesday-Sunday, 11am- 5pm).  Just show your college ID.
  • Complimentary admission to the Gardner Museum’s special monthly series: Gardner After Hours on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
  • Complimentary admission for faculty or staff leading student group visits to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
  • Complimentary admission for students, faculty, and staff to lectures.
  • $10 tickets for students to “Music at the Gardner” concerts (including classical music concerts on Sundays and jazz and cutting edge classical concerts on Thursdays)
  • Preferential and more flexible scheduling of group visits to the museum.
  • Discounted rates on group tours for alumni. (Alumni group visits will be booked at the discounted senior rate, representing at 17% savings over the adult tour rate.)
  • Two complimentary copies of annual special exhibition catalogs

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115
617-566-1401 Information