Isabella Stewart Gardner was an American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. The favorite destination on her world travels was Venice, Italy. To house her collection in Boston, she had a building designed as a 15 C Venetian palazzo complete with an indoor courtyard.
She traveled the world to amass her collection displaying it in an intimate natural way for people to experience mixing paintings, furniture, textiles, and objects.
The history of this museum changed dramatically in 1990 when there was the heist of 1/2 billion dollars worth of irreplaceable treasures. See the video below.
This museum is for those of you who don’t care for the cold mausoleum atmosphere of most museums. A leisurely day at this museum will relax, educate , and charm you tucked in the heart of Boston. And it is not far from Fenway Park ! Mrs. Garner also loved baseball and the home team, the Red Socks!