Plan a Visit

Free tours and public talks are offered nearly every day, from brief overviews to more in-depth discussions on particular aspects of the collection. Times for talks and tours are subject to change.

To reserve a group visit, choose your group type from the menu at left.

Introduction to the Gardner Museum Talk

Monday, Wednesday-Saturday, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
These 20-minute talks on the history of the Museum, the life of Isabella Gardner, and connections between the new wing and the historic building give visitors background to help them understand and enjoy their Museum experience before they enter the galleries. Talks take place in Calderwood Hall.

Public Tours

Space on tours is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick up tickets in the Living Room on the first floor of the new wing.

Collection Highlights Tour

Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 12 pm and 2 pm
This hour-long tour discuss the formation and installation of the historic collection, as well as exploration and discussion of its key works.

Conservation Talks

2nd Friday each month, 2 pm
What does a conservator do and what do they see when they examine an object? How does their work help to protect and preserve the collection? Join staff from the Gardner Museum's Conservation Department for a special series of informal conversations that will offer unique insights into materials, techniques, and the art and science of conservation.

Spotlight Talks

Saturdays and Sundays, 12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm
These talks encourage visitors to explore a single work of art in the collection through close looking and group discussion. Museum teachers will facilitate a 15-20 minute discussion of a select work with an approach that emphasizes inquiry, visitor response, and personal meaning-making. Focus objects will rotate periodically.