General admission for children 17 years and under is always free


Frank Hatch Free Day

Monday, February 17, 2020 11 am - 4 pm
Throughout the Museum

Bring the whole family for a free day of hands-on art-making, performance, music, gallery games, and local artists engaging social issues of our time. Enjoy collaborations co-produced in partnership with the ARTery, WBUR's arts and culture team responding to themes in our special exhibition, Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent.

Program for the Day

Portraits of Color | 11 am–4 pm
Bertucci Education Studio, First Floor, New Wing

Join in a special Studio activity exploring color mixing, portraiture, identity, and representation with Portraits of Color, featuring Boston-based social justice project Wee the People and artist/illustrator Ken Daley.

Figure on Diversity | 11:30 am–4 pm
Calderwood Hall, Second Floor, New Wing

Draw from clothed live models with Figure On Diversity, all materials and supplies provided and no drawing experience necessary. All models are representative of historically marginalized communities. Figure On Diversity educates arts communities to value bodies which have historically been excluded while providing a safe entry into modeling for individuals of diversity.

Music in the Courtyard with Anjimile | 11:15 am & 2 pm
Courtyard, First Floor, Historic Palace

Enjoy music in the historic courtyard by Anjimile, a queer and trans songmaker/lover boy based in Boston, MA. The essence of their musical output is a gooey center of warmth and tenderness informed by the power of their intersectional identities.

Chat with The ARTery | 12 & 2 pm
Living Room, First Floor, New Wing

Head to the Living Room for an interactive talk with members of the ARTery, WBUR’s arts and culture team, who co-produced today's special free programming.

Spotlight Talks | 1:15 & 3:15 pm
Tapestry Room, Second Floor, Historic Palace

Learn more about the art in the Gardner's Tapestry Room in informal, in-gallery spotlight talks.


Free admission will be available at the Museum entrance on Monday, February 17 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 and free days, 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.

The lead sponsors of Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent and exhibition-related programming are Amy and David Abrams, Bank of America, and the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, Chauncey & Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

Media sponsor: The Boston Globe

Education and community programs are funded in part by the Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, Rowland Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation. Studio activities are generously supported by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. These programs are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receive support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.