Message from the Director

Visitors to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are greeted by the visual splendor of the courtyard garden and surrounding galleries—a feast for the senses. The Museum was designed as a work of art in totality.

We were inspired by this visual sensuousness when we designed our website. First, I hope that your online experience will complement your visit to the Museum in person. The original experience is our top priority. On this site, I invite you to respond to our call to Explore. We conceived this online experience so that visitors of all kinds might discover diverse ways to understand the museum and its collections. Enjoy your online experience and please let us know what you think of our site.

Please share this website and the Gardner Museum with friends and family. See you in the galleries.

Best Regards,

Anne Hawley
Norma Jean Calderwood Director,
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Mission Statement

True to the ambitious vision of its founder and her spirit of creative risk-taking, the mission of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is:

to bring to life and preserve the rich historic collection;

to cultivate talent in the pursuit of knowledge and acts of creation in the arts and humanities;

to support artists, landscape architects, musicians, scholars and students; and

to engage local and global audiences in a sanctuary of beauty and the arts where deeply personal and communal adventures unfold.

--Adopted by the Board of Trustees, 2014.