The End Justifies the Means

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Shedding Light on the History of Lighting at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Isabella and the Hispanic Society

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A Tiny Sombrero

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Inside the Collection Blog

See below to view our most recent stories that dig deeper into our collections. 

  • A North-facing view of the Macknight Room. Photo by Sean Dungan.

    Sarcophagus for a Serpent

    Read about a strange little object found in one of Isabella’s most personal rooms.
  • Minton Ceramics Manufactory (British, established 1796), Cup and Saucer: Isabella, 1884

    Conserving Isabella's Cup and Saucer

    Get a peek behind the curtain to our Conservation Lab, with this post on the care and repair of a special cup and saucer.
  • View into the Museum's courtyard from the Spanish Cloister

    Bordeaux Portal: Unpinning a Capital

    An often-overlooked doorway in the Museum gets a big improvement in our Conservation Lab.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner, Guest Book, Volume III, 31 May 1897, pp. 98-99.

    Commemorating Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment

    Isabella attended the unveiling of the Civil War Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment in 1897, continuing her patronage of its sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
  • All Ready in the Raphael Room

    Spanish Music, South Korean Choreographers, and the Museum Archives

    Isabella’s collection continues to inspire artists today—including our 2019 Choreographers-in-Residence All Ready!
  • Joseph Lindon Smith (American, 1863-1950), Uniform Design for Teobaldo Travi, 1901-1903

    Bolgi: The First Caretaker and Protector of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    Before the Museum ever opened, it had a protector: Teobaldo “Bolgi” Travi. Learn more about Isabella’s chosen majordomo.