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


Statement of Solidarity for Black Lives Matter

Statement of Solidarity for AAPI Community

Black Lives Matter Reading List and Resources