Nestled on a beautiful side street in Boston’s Fenway / Kenmore area is the iconic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Famous for the museum’s still-unsolved heist in 1990, the Isabella Stewart Gardner is home to one of the most artfully displayed and personally curated art collections.
Exploring this museum is intimate. It feels as if you are walking through a personal estate, preserved since the owner’s passing.
The stone columns, the hanging Nasturinums, art in the form of seating, statues, paintings, busts, weaponry, literature, frescos, mosiacs, and even the actual building’s architecture, all work in sync to provide guests with a completely immersive and tactile experience.
People perch on benches pulled from churches of old, and stop to admire the inner courtyard, leaning against the stone columns towering stories high.
Young and old journey from floor to floor what looks like the building’s original elevator (scary but cool).
Everywhere artists and non-artists alike pick up small paper and pencils scattered throughout the halls and find their own spots to sketch what they see – and there is no shortage of things to see.
My grandmother, godmother, and I spent half a day wandering the museum, and I still feel like I didn’t take nearly enough of it in.
Visit and let me know your thoughts!
PS. See if you can find the still-vacant spots on the wall where the stolen paintings once hung. The descriptions of the pieces still hang beside the empty space. Nobody is letting this mystery go.