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The jades (Crassula argentea) in the courtyard have been raised in the Museum’s greenhouse for many years. The largest of them, with trunks five to six inches in diameter, are over 60 years old! Their small starry white flowers cover their large spreading branches over three feet high.
15 hours ago
This is the 17th century, Brandenburg family escutcheon (coat of arms). It was purchased by the actor Henry Irving (known inspiring Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula) in 1882 and then given by Irving to Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1902. The coat of arms is normally in the Museum’s Long Gallery, but is currently in our conservation labs being researched and restored.
32 hours ago
Long week? We hear ya! Stop by the Gardner and soak up the galleries and courtyard after work today. We’re open until 9 pm.
33 hours ago
On Saturday, December 16, drop by the Education Studio between 11 am and 4:30 pm for a hands-on art activity. Consider the iconic portraits throughout the Museum and create your own project inspired by them: http://bit.ly/2zch7HR
2 days ago
Join us on the longest night of the year for an evening of warmth and connection! Enjoy a drink by the Courtyard, hands-on-art making with local artists, live music, and illuminating conversations.
2 days ago
On the longest night of the year, we partner with our friends at Transformative Culture Project for an evening of warmth and connection. Enjoy a drink by the Courtyard, hands-on-art making with local artists, live music, and illuminating conversations. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the Museum at night. This lively, social evening features music, creative collaborators, a cash bar, playful gallery activities, and hands-on art making.
Our holiday courtyard has arrived! For a few weeks in December and January each year the Gardner Museum horticulture team decks the courtyard garden with flowering jade, silver curry, green aloe, and dark red amaryllis.
Drop by the Education Studio between 11 am and 4:30 pm on Saturday, December 9 for a hands-on art activity. Consider the iconic portraits throughout the Museum and create your own project inspired by them. Explore the activity: http://bit.ly/2j0qm8P
This zygopetlum hybrid orchid, which appears in the courtyard in late fall/early winter, fills the palace with its bright, unique scent.
Isabella Stewart Gardner first met James McNeill Whistler at a party she attended with Henry James. Several years later she visited Whistler in his studio in London, where he made this quick pastel portrait of her. Learn more about Isabella’s artistic circle in our Henry James and American Painting exhibition: http://bit.ly/2xISp1h #HenryIsabella Image: James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903), The Little Note in Yellow and Gold, 1886, chalk and pastel on brown paper.