The Gardner is a unique museum with things to see and do for visitors of all ages. There are activities for families to enjoy together, and kid-friendly programs like Saturday Drop-in Art Activities in the Bertucci Education Studio. Popular times for family visits include weekends, school vacation weeks, and neighborhood nights, but children and their parents are welcome anytime.
Children are free at all times
There is no admission charge for children under 18. Sunday Concerts are appropriate for children 7 and up. Small children should be supervised by their parents at all times.
Single strollers are allowed in the galleries
You are welcome to bring single strollers into the galleries; however, we ask that you leave tandem or double strollers at the coat check. The Museum offers strollers to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Museum strollers can be picked up from the coat check.
Special materials for families
Family guides for suggestions on fun ways to explore the Museum with children are available free of charge at the information area in the Living Room. Sketching materials are provided free of charge near the Courtyard, just outside the Macknight Room.
Saturday Education Studio Drop-In Art Activities
Visitors 7 and up can come to the Bertucci Education Studio to participate in hands-on projects. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to participate. No pre-registration is required. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
“Teens Behind the Scenes”
The Teens Behind the Scenes program put Isabella Stewart Gardner’s dream into action, making the Museum a place for the “enjoyment and education” of visitors from all backgrounds. This program is for highly motivated, energetic, and committed Boston youth in grades 10-12. Successful applicants are interested in learning about museums, but don’t need to have prior experience with art or museums. Learn more.
There are changing stations in both the ladies and men’s bathrooms. While there is no specifically designated nursing station, mothers can nurse anywhere they feel comfortable, including in the Living Room.
Snacks, lunch, and drinks are available at Café G during Museum hours. The café can accommodate single strollers. Another option: in nice weather, you can bring your own food and eat outside in Evans Way Park across from the Museum entrance.
Education and community programs are generously supported by the Barr Foundation, Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, New Balance Foundation, Rowland Foundation, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, the Succop Family Charitable Foundation and the Yawkey Foundation. Studio activities are generously sponsored by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. These programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.