True to the ambitious vision of its founder and her spirit of creative risk-taking, the mission of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is:

to bring to life and preserve the rich historic collection;

to cultivate talent in the pursuit of knowledge and acts of creation in the arts and humanities;

to support artists, landscape architects, musicians, scholars and students; and

to engage local and global audiences in a sanctuary of beauty and the arts where deeply personal and communal adventures unfold.

--Adopted by the Board of Trustees, 2014.


  • Creativity is our legacy
  • Community is our purpose
  • The Collection is our catalyst
  • Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion are our commitments

Strategic Plan

Renewing the Promise for the Public Forever

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility

Land Acknowledgement 

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum resides on the homelands of the Massachusett Tribe, who belong to this place and continue to regard these lands and waters as sacred.


Statement of Solidarity for Black Lives Matter

Statement of Solidarity for AAPI Community

Black Lives Matter Reading List and Resources