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Who is Isabella Stewart Gardner?

Thursday, November 10, 2022
7 - 8:30 pm
Calderwood Hall

On November 1, the Gardner Museum will release Isabella Stewart Gardner: A Life, the first new biography of the Museum’s remarkable and unconventional founder to be produced by the Museum in nearly a century.

Join us for a conversation with curators and co-authors Nathaniel Silver and Diana Seave Greenwald as they share untold histories of Isabella, in anticipation of the release of their new book.

Drawing on previously unpublished research from the Museum’s archives, this dialogue will begin to offer new perspectives on Isabella’s early life, the foundations of her wealth, and how she built both her collection and creative community in Boston in the early twentieth century. Learn more about the world Isabella lived in, the events that shaped her life, and how the Museum continues her expansive legacy in the twenty-first century, embracing our history’s complexity in all its facets.

Isabella Stewart Gardner: A Life will be available at Gift at the Gardner on November 1. Shipping is available and members receive 10% off their purchase

Top image: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.


Advanced tickets are required and include Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, free for members and children 17 and under.

Seating in Calderwood Hall is first come, first served. Seating begins 45 minutes before the event. Late seating is not guaranteed.

To request accessible or wheelchair seating please call the box office at 617 278 5156.


Online: Click the TICKETS button

By phone: Call the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday–Monday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday until 6 pm; CLOSED TUESDAY

In-person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm *Handling charges apply to these orders

Please note: While the City of Boston’s vaccination and mask mandates are lifted for general museum visits, the Gardner maintains its proof of vaccination and mask requirements for free and ticketed events in Calderwood Hall. Please visit the Know Before You Go web page for additional information, including accepted forms of documentation, or contact the Box Office at 617 278 5156 for further assistance.

Top image: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Isabella Stewart Gardner: A Life is made possible with the generous support of Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation.

The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.