Saturday Open Studio

Placing Fragments

Saturday, June 1, 11 am - 4 pm
Bertucci Education Studio

Saturday Open Studio experiences spark creativity through artistic experimentation and foster connections with art and others. Visitors engage with the Museum's rich collection, special exhibitions, and each other through hands-on, interactive workshops developed in collaboration with Boston artists. Prior experience with art-making is not required.


Objects of art, architectural details, and unique fragments of all kinds form the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s collection of over 10,000 objects from around the world, representing many cultures and periods in history. Where did these objects come from? How did they make their way to the Museum? Channel Isabella's accumulation of objects, ephemera, and bric-a-brac from around the world as you create a work of art for a growing installation of visitor-made fragments in the Studio. Visiting Studio Artist Venetia Dale explores these questions and invites visitors into her creative process during this season's hands-on, Saturday Open Studio workshops.

Venetia Dale
Venetia Dale

Tickets | Museum Admission

Open Studio events are included with Museum admission. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Adults $15, seniors $12, students $10, free for members and children 17 and under.

  • 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

Photo at top by Ally Schmaling.

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