Museum Open on Columbus Day for Opening Our Doors Day

Monday, October 10, 10:00 AM

Free admission | Timed entry beginning at 10 am on October 10

Join the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a day of free admission during the annual Fenway Cultural District community festival Opening Our Doors Day. Inspired by Isabella Stewart Gardner’s love of correspondence, interactive projects throughout the Museum celebrate the Art of the Letter.

Join conservator Jana Dambrogio in the Studio and try your hand at the art of Letterlocking™ . Enjoy a performance in Calderwood Hall by Castle of our Skins, featuring music of Black composers from across the diaspora in a showcase of creativity, culture, and fun for the whole family.

More than twenty institutions in Boston’s Fenway area come together for this free cultural event. For more information, visit

  • Free admission will be available at the Museum entrance on Monday, October 10 starting at 10 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 10 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.

Studio activities are generously supported by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. Education and community programs are generously supported by Pamela and Robert Adams, the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, the Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Moorhead Foundation, New Balance Foundation, Thomas Anthony Pappas Foundation, Rowland Foundation, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, Succop Family Charitable Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.