This popular art museum in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is named after Isabella Stewart Gardner, a prominent American patron of the arts. Mrs. Gardner was also an avid art collector and philanthropist and the museum honors her with its collection of art from around the world.
This significant collection is housed in a 15th century Venetian-style palace surrounded by a courtyard filled with flowers. So you can admire the architecture as well as the art within.
Along with exhibitions of both historic and contemporary art, the museum hosts concerts, lectures, and community programs. Isabella was an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox and left it in her will that anyone attending the museum wearing Red Sox memorabilia would get a discount. Anyone with the name Isabella gets in free, of course.
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