Artist Walks

Explore the art of the past with living artists through immersive audio walks. In each of these audio walks, an artist shares their personal impressions and discusses Isabella Stewart Gardner's unique arrangements of her collection, encouraging listeners to take a closer look. 

Steve Locke

Steve Locke shares a few of his favorite spaces and artworks on all three floors of the Palace. We recommend starting in the Yellow Room on the First Floor. Steve is a Gardner Museum Artist-in-Residence. When he taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he often brought his students to the Museum because he found it a place of endless inspiration.

Prefer a transcript of Steve Locke's Artist Walk? Download the PDF below.


Stop 1: Yellow Room with Steve Locke – 6:10

00:00 / 6:10

Stop 2: Raphael Room with Steve Locke – 4:17

00:00 / 4:17

Stop 3: Veronese Room with Steve Locke – 11:29

00:00 / 11:29

Elisa Hamilton

Starting in the Veronese Room on the Third Floor of the Palace, Elisa Hamilton encourages us to explore the often overlooked artistry and attention to detail in artworks and the Museum’s architecture. In 2017, Elisa was commissioned to create Sound Lab, a community-based, interactive art installation for the exhibition Listen Hear: The Art of Sound. She was also part of the 2016-17 Neighborhood Salon and has led numerous hands-on workshops for the public at the Gardner.

Prefer a transcript of Elisa Hamilton's Artist Walk? Download the PDF below.


Continuous Walk with Elisa Hamilton - 22:31

00:00 / 22:31

Gregory Maguire

Author and Artist-in-Residence Gregory Maguire invites us to explore figures and characters throughout the Museum, beginning on the main floor of the New Wing, in front of the green elevator doors looking towards the Palace. Gregory's residency was in 1994, the year before his first adult novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was published. The book was turned into the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Wicked in 2003.

Prefer a transcript of Gregory Maguire's Artist Walk? Download the PDF below.


Continuous Walk with Gregory Maguire - 24:36

00:00 / 24:36

Gallery Overview

Listen to our immersive audio guide of every room in the Historic Palace

Theft Walk

Retrace the steps of the infamous thieves on the night of the Gardner heist

These Artist Walks were produced by Sandy Goldberg of sgscripts.

The Audio Guide has been generously sponsored by Tom and Lisa Blumenthal. The Museum is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.