Plan a Visit

The Gardner Museum welcomes adult groups of all kinds. Bring your book group, garden club, family or friends for a personalized guided visit.

One-hour tours are designed to engage visitors through conversation and close looking, while also exploring the museum’s story past and present. Suggested tour topics include: Collection Highlights, Exploring the Renaissance, or Portraits of Power. The new Architecture tour focuses on the conception, design and materials of Renzo Piano's new wing and its inspiration by the Museum's beautiful Courtyard. We are happy to tailor any tour to your group’s particular interest.

To schedule a group visit, please contact the Education Department at least three weeks in advance via email at tours@isgm.org or by calling 617 278 5147. Please provide the following information:

  • Phone number and email address of primary contact
  • Number of people in your group
  • Preferred date and time of your visit

Group reservations are not confirmed over the phone. The Tour Manager must receive a completed registration form and a $25 nonrefundable deposit before a confirmation letter will be sent.

GUIDED TOURS

Fees

Guided groups are charged $20 per adult or $17 per senior. The charge includes admission and a guided tour. Guided groups must pay a $25 nonrefundable deposit to reserve the tour date.

Times for Guided Tours

Group visits may be scheduled on Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. The Museum is closed on Tuesday. Private guided tours are scheduled at preset tour time slots: 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, 3:15 pm.

Group Size Limits

All groups are strongly encouraged to visit the Gardner Museum on a guided gallery experience. Groups of 30 or more are required to be guided. Groups may not exceed 60 people per tour time.

Guided tours are conducted by professionally trained museum teachers who are specifically assigned to your group. A museum teacher will contact you prior to your arrival to discuss the details of your visit.

Parking

The Museum does not provide parking facilities. In addition to metered street parking, several parking lots and garages are located nearby. Buses must find their own parking.

SELF-GUIDED VISITS

Groups of 30 or fewer may choose to visit the galleries on their own. Due to the intimate nature of the Museum's galleries, self-guided groups must be divided into groups of 5 or fewer to explore the Museum. Outside tour leaders and guides are not allowed to lead groups through the Museum.

Self-guided visits must still make a reservation.

Fees

Self-guided groups are charged $15 per adult or $12 per senior.

Times for Self-Guided Visits

Group visits may be scheduled on Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. We offer self-guided groups entry time at: 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:45 pm.

Parking

The Museum does not provide parking facilities. In addition to metered street parking, several parking lots and garages are located nearby. Buses must find their own parking.