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The Hidden Paradise of Fenway

Written by Sam Bayat

A short walk south from the Verb Hotel, lies one of the oldest buildings built in the Fenway area. In this building you will find the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In 1901, a visionary woman named Isabella Stewart Gardner funded what was to become one of the most unique art museums built in Boston. Its Renaissance inspired architecture, breathtaking central garden courtyard and unique collection of art gives visitors an experience beyond imagination. Right as you enter the museum, you will feel as though you have been transported to a different time and dimension with the lush green garden, tropical trees and Roman statues.

The museum consists of three floors with many rooms, each conveying a unique feel and design, filled with paintings, artifacts, sculptures, furniture and rare books. Isabella’s passion for art and travelling was what got her started in collecting and acquiring art pieces. The range of collection in the museum stretches from 2000 BC with pieces from Ancient Egypt to 20th Century paintings from John Singer Sargent. There are also artifacts from ancient China, paintings and calligraphy pieces from the Middle East to letters from Anne Marie Frank, Victor Hugo and past US Presidents and most importantly a wide selection of stunning sculptures and paintings from the Renaissance era such as a painting by Sandro Botticelli.

What I liked the most about this museum is that there is something for everyone. Depending on how much time and interest you have, you could either see everything in less than an hour or you could spend your whole day getting lost in this gem of a place. On the property, you can also find Café G, where they serve coffee, wine, beer and small plates, and a lovely gift shop to indulge yourself in uniquely crafted giftware. Happy exploring!

Hours:
Monday - 11am-5pm
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 11am-5pm
Thursday - 11am-9pm
Friday - 11am-5pm
Saturday - 11am-5pm
Sunday - 11am-5pm

Buy tickets here

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