Private Group Tours

All private visits for adults and professional groups will be held virtually until further notice.

Discover more of the Gardner Museum’s magic through a private, interactive virtual visit. Knowledgeable Museum Teachers will engage you through live conversation, while also sharing insights and stories about the Museum’s history, collections, and installations. Tours are typically one hour long and focus on approximately three works of art.

The Gardner Museum offers a range of tour themes:

Introduction to the Gardner Museum

Explore masterpieces of the Gardner Museum, learn about the history of the Museum’s founder and find out why this is one of the great private art collections in America.

Renaissance at the Gardner

Investigate the Renaissance within the context of European art and explore the influence of antiquity and medieval art.Through highlights from the Museum’s collection, students will explore the significant cultural, artistic, and scientific achievements of the Renaissance and reflect on how Isabella Stewart Gardner was inspired by this period in her installations.

Questioning Power

Isabella Gardner filled her Museum with portraits of princes and queens, and was herself a dynamic leader. Learn more about the Museum’s founder through the personalities she collected, and investigate how power has been represented in the art of different time periods and cultures.

Exhibition Spotlight

Discover new artworks and insights by delving into the exhibitions currently on view in the Museum’s Hostetter Gallery, Fenway Gallery, and Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade. Engage with themes linking contemporary issues to Isabella Stewart Gardner’s historic collection.

Group size: 2 - 60. Pricing: $100 base price for the first 15 participants, plus $50 for each additional group of 15 people

Self-Guided Tours

All self guided tours at the Gardner Museum are postponed until further notice. Parties of 8 or more are not permitted in the Museum. Outside tour leaders and guides are not allowed to lead groups through the Museum.

SIGN UP

Use the form below to schedule a virtual visit. We request payment in full 2 weeks prior to visit with confirmed attendance numbers. The balance may be paid by credit card or check. Refunds will not be honored once attendance numbers are confirmed.

All groups must register at least three weeks in advance—registering early means your desired date and time are more likely to be available.

Your virtual visit is confirmed only once you receive an email stating your request has been processed and approved. Unless otherwise approved, we request payment in full 2 weeks prior to visit with confirmed attendance numbers. The balance may be paid by credit card or check. Refunds will not be honored once attendance numbers are confirmed.

Once your virtual visit is confirmed, we will be in touch with Zoom meeting information and to introduce you to the Museum Teachers who will be working with your group. If you prefer, you may host the virtual visit on the platform of your choice and invite Museum Teacher(s) to join your meeting.

By attending in a virtual visit, all participants consent to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum capturing and using still photography and video and audio recordings of the program by the Museum. Participants will not record the program for further distribution. The devices used to record via audio or video that are prohibited are inclusive of, but are not limited to, phones, voice recorders of any kind, video cameras of any kind, and microphones.

For questions about reservations, please email [email protected] or call 617 278 5147 Monday through Friday, 9 am–5 pm. 72 hours notice is required for cancellations or to change the date of your virtual visit.