General admission for children 17 years and under is always free


Frank Hatch Free Day

Drawing Stories

Monday, February 18, 2019 11 am - 4 pm
Throughout the Museum

In celebration of our special exhibition Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes, enjoy music and performance throughout the Museum. Try your hand at drawing like a master with live models and make your own connections to the exhibition through sketching. 

Program for the Day

Calderwood Hall - Neighborhood Salon Luminary Showcase
Being (excerpt) - Choreographer Marsha Parrilla with special guest Josh Knowles on violin and vocals (12:30 & 2:30 pm)
Movement Meditation: Portal - Tai Jimenez combines her love of dance and all things spiritual into a moving meditation. (1:30 & 3:30 pm)

Bertucci Education Studio
Try your hand at re-interpreting a work of art with Karl Stevens, award-winning graphic novelist and artistic partner for our special exhibition Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes.

Living Room - True Thoughts
Send a postcard to a friend! Add thought and speech bubble stickers to a postcard of a masterwork and drop it in our mailbox.

Music by Puerto Rican cuatro player and 2018-2019 Neighborhood Salon Luminary Fabiola M. Méndez Quiñones.

Tapestry Room
Sketch the figure with live models holding poses inspired by works in the special exhibition.


Free admission will be available at the Museum entrance on Monday, February 18 starting at 11 am, on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission includes access to the entire Museum, including special exhibitions. To ensure everyone's experience at the Museum is pleasant, entry is timed every 30 minutes, with the last entry at 4 pm.

Due to the nature of the collection, capacity regulations, and the high attendance we see on holidays, the Museum may only admit a specific number of visitors at once. For your safety and the safety of the collection, visitors may be asked to wait in line to enter. Groups of 10 or more cannot be accommodated on this day.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum experience is best suited for children ages seven and older. Visitors under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Frank Hatch Free Day is held annually in honor of Francis "Frank" Hatch (1925-2010), longtime Gardner Museum trustee, community advocate, and supporter of the arts and culture in the city.

Education and community programs are funded in part by the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, Marriott Daughters Foundation, Rowland Foundation, Pappas Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Foundation. Studio activities are generously sponsored by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. These programs are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.