Opening Our Doors Day

Abundant Voices

Monday, October 9, 10 am - 4 pm
Throughout the Museum

Join the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a day of free admission during the annual Fenway Cultural District community festival Opening Our Doors Day. Bring the whole family for a day of fun, creativity, and culture. Enjoy music, hands-on making, gallery games, and dance inside the Museum.

  • Bertucci Education Studio: Use hands-on creative experimentation to explore how we can use the arts to present ourselves to the world. Create your own fashion collage and view handmade garments created by artist Christian Restrepo in response to paintings found in the Gardner Museum’s collection and the upcoming special exhibition, Henry James and American Painting.
  • Calderwood Hall: Leslie Salmon Jones and Jeff Jones Zone of Afro Flow Yoga present interactive movement and voice workshops for the whole family.
  • Living Room: Creator/Performer Obehi Janice presents African Tea, sharing stories of colonialism and identity through the lens of tea and Malta Goya.
  • Courtyard: Enjoy the soothing sounds of Neighborhood Salon Luminary Josh Knowles on electric violin and vocals.
  • Galleries: Guided gallery conversations with artist Chanel Thervil in response to the collection.
  • Exterior Grounds: Food truck Jamaica Mi Hungry, lawn games and live music by Bennett & Xavier of Dancelujah.
  • Evan’s Way Park: Performances, art, music, and a food truck presented by the Fenway Alliance.

More than twenty institutions in Boston’s Fenway area come together for this free cultural event. For more information, visit


  • Free admission will be available at the Museum entrance on Monday, October 9 starting at 10 am, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • To ensure everyone’s experience at the Museum is pleasant, entry is timed every 30 minutes beginning at 10 am, with the last entry at 4 pm.
  • Due to capacity regulations, 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.
  • Admission includes access to the entire Museum, including special exhibitions.
Fenway Alliance Opening Our Doors Day 2017 Flier

Education and community programs are generously supported by the Barr Foundation, Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Mary Elizabeth and Adam Kirsch, Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, New Balance Foundation, Rowland Foundation, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, the Succop Family Charitable Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation. 

Studio activities are generously sponsored by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. These programs are also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.