#64: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

My name is Alison Abbott and I would like to adopt the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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Tell us a bit more about yourself
I live in the Boston area in an 1870 Victorian with my husband and two kids who are in the process of feathering their own nests. I have a design background and these days you’ll find me consulting with small businesses, acting as a brand ambassador and writing for my blog Green With Renvy and other travel sites in sustainable shades of green.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is located in Boston. Completed in 1903 as the home for the Gardners, it houses three decades worth of art collections {over 2,500 objects}. The atmospheric setting, takes you from ancient Rome, through Medieval Europe, Asia, 19more. Open Wednesday – Monday 11am-5pm and Thursday evenings until 9pm. Cost is $15 for adults.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
The Gardner has always been one of my favourite museums. The traveling, slightly scandalous, rarefied lifestyle of Mrs. Gardner fascinates me. She was a woman who knew her way around the globe. The original Venetian inspired villa with interior courtyard and screaming Moorish overtones immediately transports me to another world. Renzo Piano designed the new wing, full of public, educational spaces and a sustainable modern dream for anyone interested in eco friendly architecture.

Why would you recommend people visit?
Slightly off the beaten path, this hidden gem is full of period pieces, famous artwork and treasures from around the world. The shop Gift, is not your usual museum store, with a collection that reflects Mrs. Gardner’s travels. Curiosity cabinets invite the visitor to explore within, much like the archive rooms filled with hidden displays. The restaurant featuring delicious local ingredients is the icing on the cake. The third Thursday of the month, Gardner After Hours makes a terrific date night!

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Romantic, Transporting, Elegant

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