Plan a Visit

The Gardner Museum welcomes college groups. One-hour tours are designed to engage visitors through conversation and close looking, while also exploring the history of the museum.

Gallery experiences offer the opportunity to enhance course curriculum, whether in the arts, literature, history, or even science.

Some suggested tour topics include: Collection Highlights, Exploring the Renaissance, or Portraits of Power. The Architecture tour focuses on the conception, design and materials of Renzo Piano’s new wing and its inspiration by the Museum’s beautiful Courtyard. Explore the landscapes of the Gardner with a horticulture tour. We're happy to tailor any tour to support your students’ learning.

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
  • Your choice of guided or self-guided tour

Modest fees are charged, including a $25 nonrefundable deposit.

The Gardner Museum also engages many local college students through our University Member Program. Students of member universities receive free admission, and pay a reduced fee for guided tours.

GUIDED TOURS

What to Expect

All student groups are strongly encouraged to visit the Gardner Museum on a guided gallery experience. Groups of 30 or more are required to be guided by a museum teacher. 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.

Museum teachers will provide a general introduction to the context of the Museum and the founder, while also facilitating discussion about approximately five works of art in the Museum’s major galleries. Rather than attempting to show students many objects, we emphasize deeper looking and conversations about a few objects during your visit. In addition to rich, dynamic discussions amongst the students, the Gardner visit also offers opportunities for independent responses through writing and sketching.

Fees

The fee for guided college groups is $10 per college student, which includes admission and guided tour. Guided groups must pay a $25 nonrefundable deposit to reserve the tour date.

Please note: professors are admitted free of charge up to 1 per 10 students.

Times for Guided Tours

Guided visits may be scheduled Monday and Wednesday through Saturday at the following arrival times: 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, and 3:15 pm. The Museum is closed on Tuesday.

The Museum cannot guarantee extended tours to accommodate late arrivals.

Group Size Limits

Due to the intimate nature of the Museum’s galleries, groups of 30 people or more must be guided. Guided groups may not exceed 60 people per tour time.

Cancellations

Should your group need to cancel or change the date of its visit, please call 617 278 5147 or email tours@isgm.org. Advance notice of 72 hours is required.

Parking

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

SELF-GUIDED VISITS

What to Expect

Groups of 30 or fewer may choose to visit the galleries without a guide, but groups of 10 or more must still make a reservation. Due to the intimate nature of the historic galleries, self-guided groups must be divided into groups of 5 or fewer to explore the Museum.

Fees

The fee for self-guided groups is $5 per college student, which includes admission only.

Please note: professors are admitted free of charge up to 1 per 10 students.

Times for Self-Guided Visits

Self-guided visits may be scheduled Monday and Wednesday through Saturday at the following arrival times: 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:30 pm.

Cancellations

Should your group need to cancel or change the date of its visit, please call 617 278 5147 or email tours@isgm.org. Advance notice of 72 hours is required.

Parking

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

 

Interested in joining as a University Member?

Contact us at 617 566 5643 or membership@isgm.org.