Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum welcomes public to...

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum welcomes public to...

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Beginning October 1, 2020, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is pleased to announce that admission will be free Thursday afternoon and evening hours on the first Thursday of every month from October through June from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Museum is significantly increasing the number of free hours, from 37 per year to 95. In addition to this new free Thursday programming, the Gardner will continue its beloved, free Neighborhood Nights.

Starting in November, the Gardner’s free first Thursdays will feature a range of free digital programs, highlighting the various ways ISGM works with local artists. Drawing upon the Museum’s rich Neighborhood Salon Luminary program, this new Luminary Lens Series features local artists reacting to works in the Gardner’s art collection.

Upcoming digital programs include:

10/1 – Dear Mr. McKeller: an ode to one man’s impact, presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent.
11/5 – Luminary Lens Project by Will Dailey // Sound Blue in an empty Yellow Room Whistler’s Nocturne
12/3 – Explore Shen Wei: Painting in Motion exhibition through guided meditation and explore the installation of a new Polly Thayer Starr Artist in the Education Studio. Both projects will be featured online as well as onsite.

“We are excited to continue providing opportunities for visitors to attend for free,” said Peggy Fogelman, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Museum. “In this time of isolation and struggle for many, it is so important to give everyone the opportunity to escape and enjoy something for a little while.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is operating under a highly restricted visitor capacity. All tickets must be purchased ahead of time through the Gardner’s website and entering will be on a timed ticket system. While in the museum, all must wear a face covering and maintain a safe six feet from other patrons. Wipes and hand sanitizer are available.

Free First Thursdays are supported in part by the Wallace Minot Leonard Foundation. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum invites you to escape the ordinary in a magical setting where art and community come together to inspire new ways of envisioning our world. Embodying the fearless legacy of its founder, the Museum offers a singular invitation to explore the past through a contemporary lens, creating meaningful encounters with art and joyful connections for all. Modeled after a Venetian palazzo, unforgettable galleries surround a luminous courtyard and are home to masters such as Rembrandt, Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo, Whistler, and Sargent. The Renzo Piano wing provides a platform for contemporary artists, musicians, and scholars, and serves as an innovative venue where creativity is celebrated in all of its forms.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum • 25 Evans Way Boston MA 02215 • Hours: Open Daily from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. • Admission: Adults $20; Seniors $18; Students $13; Free for members, children under 18,, and all named “Isabella” • $2 off admission with a same-day Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ticket • For information 617 566 1401 • Box Office 617 278 5156 •

Dates & Times

2020/10/01 - 2021/06/25

Location Info

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115