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Free First Thursdays


Thursday, July 7, 3 - 9 pm
Throughout the Museum

Join us on the first Thursday of every month for a restorative evening of discovery and community. Museum admission is free from 3 pm through 9 pm. Explore artmaking in the Studio and art, architecture, and seasonal horticulture displays in the Palace. The Café is open late for dinner and drinks.

Join us in Calderwood Hall to watch #HereWeAre: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, an Apple Original short film adapted from the best-selling children's books by Oliver Jeffers and narrated by Meryl Streep. The film is 36 minutes and will be looped throughout the night. Or, stream #HereWeAre: Notes for Living on Planet Earth with your family now on Apple TV+; learn more at

Printmaker and PTS Visiting Studio Artist Julia Gualtieri will lead art-making activities in the Studio between 5-8 pm inspired by our summer exhibition Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet.

How to Reserve Tickets

Advance registration is required for free timed entry tickets. Reserve your ticket online by clicking the RESERVE YOUR TICKETS button above.


The Gardner maintains its mask requirement for free and ticketed events in Calderwood Hall. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose while in Calderwood Hall. Please contact the Box Office at 617 278 5156 for further information. 

Studio activities are generously sponsored by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.

Education and community programs receive support from the Vertex Foundation, Rowland Foundation, the Richard K. Lubin Family Foundation, the Wagner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Yawkey Foundation, The Beker Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, and Janet Burke Mann Foundation.

Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet was organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and reimagined by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for its Boston premiere.

The exhibition is supported by:
Nora McNeely Hurley / Manitou Fund
Gregory Maguire
Patricia Romeo-Gilbert and Paul Gilbert

The Museum also receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts.