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Work-in-Progress: A Video Series
Go backstage at the Gardner.

A Choir Book Comes to Life

See inside the rare choir book that Isabella Gardner placed below her portrait in the Gothic Room, and hear the music sung.

The Gardner Goes Green

Take a tour of the sub-basement with the Gardner’s facilities manager to learn about “green” aspects of the mechanical systems

A Tale of Two Objects

Museum staff use archival materials to show how Gardner acquired two prized objects: a Roman mosaic and a nineteenth century painting.

Artist-in-Residence: Carla Fernández

What do our artists-in-residence do while they are here? With artist Carla Fernández discover the many ways in which contemporary artists find inspiration in a historic collection.

Looking to Learn

Gardner educators work with Boston teachers to make the experience of looking at and responding to art an essential part of school culture.

Visitor Voices

What do you think is special about visiting the Gardner? Hear other visitors talk about their experiences.

Urban Oasis: The Redesigned Monk’s Garden

Museum director Anne Hawley and landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh discuss the inspiration for this special garden drawn from the experience of visiting the Museum galleries.

Hidden Collections

Isabella Gardner arranged books, personal mementos, and historic documents in twelve display cases throughout the galleries. Explore a case dedicated to artist and friend, James McNeill Whistler.

Performing in Calderwood Hall

Musicians Corey Cerovsek and Paavali Jumppanen share their thoughts on performing in the Gardner’s unusual and acoustically thrilling concert hall.

Tapestry Conservation @the Gardner

Tapestry is the namesake media of the Gardner's Tapestry Room. Learn how these large-scale textiles are conserved. Filmmaking by SheridanWorks.

Horticulture @the Gardner

The Courtyard may be the most serene space in the Museum, but its plants require constant care and attention. Filmmaking by SheridanWorks.

Conservation @the Gardner

Learn a bit about how conservators keep the Gardner's historic collection in good repair for future generations of visitors.

Education @the Gardner

See the Gardner's School Partnership Program in action. Filmmaking by SheridanWorks.

A Look Behind the Scenes
What goes on backstage at the Gardner?

The Gardner Museum has over 100 full-time employees, including archivists, curators, educators, gardeners, and building managers who work to make the Museum lively and engaging for all visitors.

Our annual programming brings dozens of other creative individuals—artists, landscape architects, musicians, and scholars—to join the Museum family temporarily.

These short films show staff at work, engaged in the activities and conversations that create the unique personality of the Gardner Museum.