Museum Open on Labor Day and
Frank Hatch Free Day

Monday, September 1, 11:00 AM

Free admission | Timed entry beginning at 11 am on September 1

Since 2003, the Gardner Museum has invited the public in for free admission on Frank Hatch Free Day in honor of Francis “Frank” Hatch (1925-2010), a longtime Museum trustee and supporter of the arts and culture in the city, as well as a well known community advocate in Boston politics.

  • Free admission will be available at the Museum entrance on Monday, September 1 starting at 11 am, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • To ensure everyone’s experience at the Museum is pleasant, entry is timed every 30 minutes beginning at 11 am, with the last entry at 4 pm.
  • Due to capacity regulations, the Museum may only admit a specific number of visitors at once. For your safety and the safety of the collection, visitors may be asked to wait in line to enter.
  • Admission includes access to the entire Museum, including special exhibitions.

Exquisite Plants!
Get up close and personal with plants and flowers from the Greenhouse. Create a sketch of living things!

Catching the Dream
Be inspired by Isabella Gardner’s dream to build a museum. Create your own dream catcher with natural and recycled materials. Space is limited to 12 participants at a time.

Stroll through the meditative, winding paths of the Monk’s Garden (weather permitting), and create a sketch or poem to share with others.

Gallery Game: It’s Alive
The Museum is filled with fantastic creatures and nature that bring the collection to life. Take on the challenge of this gallery hunt and see if you can find all of the objects.

Introduction to the Gardner Museum
A short talk in Calderwood Hall about the Museum's founder and her historic collection.

Frank Hatch Free Day was traditionally held on New Year’s Day, but officially moved to Labor Day in 2013 to allow visitors to enjoy the exterior spaces and gardens. On Monday, September 1, the Museum will honor the memory of Mr. Hatch when it opens its doors to all with free admission.

As a civic and cultural leader, Mr. Hatch served on the Board of Directors of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for more than 30 years, including as Chairman of the Second Century Fund.