The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses a vast and diverse collection of artwork, including paintings, sculpture and textiles from throughout history. But Ms. Gardner didn't stop at collecting tangible artwork. She was a lover of music, too, evident by her choice to open the museum with a thrilling performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Today you can enjoy podcasts of Gardner Museum music anytime for free. And if podcasts are not your thing, be sure to visit the museum for the exciting Sunday Concert Series where guest performers entertain and delight guests with unique and inspired improv performances of classic and contemporary works. Check the website for the current schedule of concert performances.
Exploring great museums at your own pace is part of the excitement of any visit. But when you're interested in learning more and having a deeper appreciation for the stories behind the masterpieces, then a guided daily tour or talk is exactly what you need. The Museum offers a host of informative discussions and guided tours that give you a glimpse into the backstory of the Museum's collection and the inspiring woman who made it all happen. These activities are regularly scheduled for your convenience.
* Introductory Talk: Who Was Isabella Stewart Gardner? (20 minutes, M/W/Th/F/Sa, 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm) An overview of the life of the museum's founder, these talks are free for museum patrons and take place in the New Wing.
* Spotlight Talks (20 minutes, Sa/Su, 12 pm, 1 pm & 2 pm) Each discussion focuses on a single piece of art from the collection. The featured work changes monthly.
* Introduction to The Gardner (30 minutes, M/W/Th/F, 11:30 am, 12:15 pm & 1 pm) This discussion is perfect for the first-time visitor and provides an overview of the museum and offers suggestions for exploring on your own.
* Collection Conversation (45 minutes, M/W/Th/F, 2 pm) Delve deep into the museum's collections and special exhibits. Pick up a sticker at the Admission Desk to reserve your spot as space is limited.
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