Feeling stressed with classes, papers, and those looming end-of-semester exams? Take a breather at the Gardner. Explore the galleries, make art, chill in the Courtyard, and snuggle with therapy dogs.

Program for the Afternoon

In the Courtyard // 12 - 4 pm
Vibe with DJ Leo Alarcon's delicate mix of worldly SoundScapes music.

In Hostetter Gallery // 12 - 4 pm
Bring an article of clothing to The Mending Project, an interactive part of our special exhibition, Common Threads: Weaving Stories Across Time. Sit and talk with the mender as your item is artistically mended or embellished with colorful threads, and walk away with a unique piece of wearable art.

In Calderwood Hall // 12:30 & 1:15 pm
Stretch and relax while doing some yoga with Mike Massey of 33 Degree Yoga. No experience necessary; all levels are welcome.

In the Living Room // 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Does stress live in your neck and shoulders? Unwind with a 10-minute massage by licensed therapists from Boston Chair Massage.

In the Studio // 12 - 4 pm
Chill out with local therapy dogs Diego, Edie, Elyse, Riley, and Scout.

In the Living Room // 12 - 4 pm
Relax on a cushy couch and create a peaceful collage. Take inspiration from the lush Courtyard and imagine your own sanctuary space. 

In the Spanish Cloister // 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Glimpse your future with a rune reading by Neighborhood Salon Luminary Luana Morales.


Admission is free for students with ID enrolled at schools in the Colleges of the Fenway. Students at certain area universities receive special benefits from their membership with the Gardner. To see if your university receives such benefits, including free Museum admission, please check our University Membership page.

Tickets are required and include Museum admission.


  • Online, by clicking the TICKETS button above*
  • By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm*
  • In person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm

*Handling charges apply to these orders

Studio activities are made possible by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. The Museum is also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Polly Thayer Starr (1904-2006) was an accomplished artist who captured the culture and whimsy of her native Boston with a unique combination of detail, emotion, and curiosity. For more, visit the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust online at www.pollythayerstarr.org.