Hold your special event at one of Boston’s most beautiful locations—the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
The Gardner Museum has been the scene of elegant entertaining since 1903. Today, we continue this tradition by offering access to one of Boston’s cultural treasures as the place to host private events large and small. The Gardner features a variety of unique spaces that allow you to customize your event to suit your needs. The historic Palace offers exclusive opportunities for guests to enjoy private cocktail receptions around the ever-blooming Courtyard or tours. Spaces within the contemporary New Wing, designed by Renzo Piano, can be used for speaking programs, conferences, seated dinners, and receptions.
Holiday parties, board meetings, conferences, client dinners, rehearsal dinners and more are all executed to the highest standard in a venue that pairs the best of the old world with the new. We look forward to working with you to create your special event.
EVENT SPACES: HISTORIC PALACE
Transport your guests to 15th century Venice as they stroll through Isabella Gardner's historic Palace sipping cocktails and enjoying the beauty of this one-of-a-kind venue.
Cloisters Around the Courtyard
The Cloisters, which ring the flower-filled enclosed courtyard, is the Museum’s signature location for receptions large or small. Gallery access and Museum guides for tours can also be arranged to complement your event.
Reception: up to 225 guests
EVENT SPACES: NEW WING
Café G has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, bluestone floors, and a contemporary aesthetic with bright pops of color. Paired with the adjoining Terrace (in fair weather only), this space is the perfect location for a reception, seated dinner, or strolling dinner.
Reception: 150 guests
Seated dinner: 90 guests
Strolling dinner: 150 guests
First Floor of the New Wing
Café G, Living Room, and Education Studio
Increase the capacity for your reception by adding the Living Room and Education Studio spaces to your rental of Café G. Glass walls allow guests to flow easily from space to space while they mix and mingle.
Reception or Strolling Dinner: 250 guests
Calderwood Hall is the perfect location for presentations, awards ceremonies, conferences, lectures, or concerts as part of your event. Calderwood is located directly above Café G, so guests can flow easily from one space to the other.
Full Hall: 296 guests
Stage level only: 120 guests
Theatre style with screen visibility: 180 guests
Seated dinner: 90 guests (only twice a year)
SUPPLEMENTAL EVENT SPACES
Enhance your guests' experience by adding access to these spaces:
Allow guests to explore the second and third floors of the palace to view Isabella Stewart Gardner’s complete collection of art, sculpture, tapestries, and decorative objects.
Cloisters as a Gallery
Allow guests to enjoy the splendor of the Cloisters while keeping your reception in Café G.
Event fees support the Museum’s operating budget and support arts programming at the Gardner. A portion of the fee is tax deductible.
The Gardner Museum offers a 10% discount for non-profit and educational organizations.
Capacity: 150 | Venue rental fee: $4,000
Cloisters around the Courtyard
Capacity: 225 | Venue rental fee: $8,000
Cloisters around the Courtyard and first floor of the New Wing
Capacity: 425 | Venue rental fee: $16,500
Dinner in Café G or the terrace with cocktails in the New Wing
Capacity: 90 | Venue rental fee: $4,000
Dinner in Café G with cocktails in the Cloisters around the Courtyard
Capacity: 90 | Venue rental fee: $10,500
Dinner in Calderwood Hall with cocktails in the Cloisters around the Courtyard
Capacity: 90 | Venue rental fee: $50,000
Full Museum Rental
Capacity: 450 Reception/90 Seated Dinner
Venue rental fee: $25,000
Supplemental Rental Spaces
Cloisters as a gallery: $3,000
Historic gallery access: $5,000/floor
Hostetter Gallery: $2,000
Calderwood Hall: $1,000/30 minutes
The Gardner Museum is unable to host wedding ceremonies or receptions, religious ceremonies, memorial services, bar or bat mitzvahs, dances/formals, fundraisers, art auctions or displays, political events, or events that are open or advertised to the public.
BOOKING YOUR EVENT
A hold may be placed on a specific date for up to one month with the understanding that, should the date be requested by another client, you will have 48 hours to complete the contract or release the date.
Confirming Your Date
In order to confirm the event date, you must sign and return the venue rental contract along with a deposit in the amount of 50% of the venue rental fees.
Events may be held Monday through Sunday, except Thursdays. As we are open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm, events can begin after 6 pm, or earlier on Tuesdays when the Museum is closed.
Your guests will enjoy gourmet catering at its best at your party or event. Chef Peter Crowley and his team have been hosting events at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum since 2002. Chef Crowley’s local and seasonal dishes, organic vegetables, and award-winning desserts drive his creative seasonal menus. His technique was honed by years spent living and working in France, as well as at top restaurants, hotels, and caterers within the greater Boston area.
The talented Gardner team will work closely with you to create a personalized menu of food, wines, and decor for any occasion. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service and hospitality to every guest.
We look forward to helping you make your event at the Gardner a magical one!
Reception with Passed Hors D'Oeuvres
Reception with Passed Hors D'Oeuvres and Passed Desserts
Reception with Passed Hors D'Oeuvres, Stationary Hors D'Oeuvres and Passed Desserts
Reception with Passed Hors D'Oeuvres, Food Stations and Passed Desserts
Reception with Passed Hors D'Oeuvres and Seated Dinner (1)
Reception with Passed Hors D'Oeuvres and Seated Dinner (2)
Reception with Passed Hors D'Oeuvres and Seated Dinner (3)