2016 Roof Preservation Project

In staying true with our founder’s wishes to preserve the Historic Palace and collection “for the education and enjoyment of the public forever,” the Gardner Museum is undergoing a scheduled roof preservation project. The Museum is replacing the roof over the Tapestry Room and Little Salon on the second floor of the Historic Palace. To mitigate risk to the collection, the galleries on the second floor of the Historic Palace will be off view beginning March 2016 through November 2016 to allow for this important work to be done.

As a result, there will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see select works from the second floor galleries up close and lit to the best advantage in Hostetter Gallery as part of Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces. This special exhibition, opening March 10, 2016, features masterpieces by such artists as Rembrandt, Raphael, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. In addition, visitors have the chance to explore Gardner as a collector, traveler, and patron of the arts through rarely seen archival material that will be on view in the newly restored Vatichino in the historic building.

For more information and to experience the works in more detail, visit our exhibition website: offthewall.gardnermuseum.org


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Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894, Anders Zorn, Oil on canvas