“I envy you, who always, even at your worst, loved the game, whatever it might be, and delighted in playing it. How we others must bore you — old mummies like Henry James and me — who can see nothing in the game and only lunacy in the players . . .” - Henry Adams, in a letter to Isabella Stewart Gardner from 1603 H Street, Washington, D.C., after 1906
Throughout her life, Isabella Stewart Gardner was a spirited competitor who enjoyed challenging games. As Gardner biographer Louise Hall Tharpe writes, Isabella was not worried about games in life or politics; rather, she was literally interested in games and the joy of entertainment. Explore Gift at the Gardner’s selection of puzzles, toys, and games for all ages which harken back to the Museum, its founder, and her love of entertainment. And remember: "Win as though you were used to it and lose as if you liked it."
This 300 piece puzzle features Piermatteo d'Amelia's The Annunciation, displayed prominently in the Raphael Room of the Museum.
The painting was made for the main altar of the Franciscan church in Amelia, a small town in Umbria near Spoleto. Since 1900, the painting has borne many different attributions, and was long known simply as the work of the Master of the Gardner Annunciation, but documents now indicate that the artist is Piermatteo d’Amelia, a pupil and assistant of Filippo Lippi.
The puzzle comes in a paperboard box featuring d'Amelia's work, so you can safely store your puzzle.
Puzzle measure 11 x 17 inches
The Big Brother Hiker Mouse is ready to hit the trail! He has a soft, breathable shirt so he doesn't get too warm while hiking, and durable orange pants so his legs stay safe while walking through the wilderness. His wide-brimmed hat will save his adorable face from sunburn, and his elastic straps make it easy for him to carry his sleeping bag on his back.
Measures 4.72 inches in height and 1.57 inches in width
Recommended for ages 3+
Made of cotton and recycled polyester
Vacation time! All popular beaches have their own lifeguard. This cat watches all the swimmers at the beach to keep them safe. At night, the tower changes into a lighthouse that guides ships in the right direction.
Tower measures about 9 inches tall
Materials consist of cotton, linen, cardboard, and recycled polyester
The tiny dance mouse is a new friend in the collection. He is dressed in a cute vest, and comes in a beautiful matchbox.
Mouse in 3.94 inches tall
This beautiful baby gift set includes a Bambi rattle and a soft knitted blanket both in cotton. The Gift Set is gently packed into a decorated handmade suitcase.
Blanket measures 28 inches in width by 36 inches in length
Rattle measures 6 inches in height
Suitcase measures 10 inches in length by 4 inches in width by about 3 inches in depth
Surprise your Grad with a fun and celebratory gift! Unwind layers of colorful crepe paper ribbons to reveal precious vintage-inspired keepsakes tucked carefully within this beautifully handmade surprise ball, especially themed for graduation.
Contains 12 prizes. Surprises inside vary and may include: a vintage-inspired toy, keepsake, charm, gem, sweets, confetti popper, fortune, temporary tattoo, quote and more.
Handmade by artisans in the USA
Contains small parts, not for children under 3 yrs
Twinkle & Shine Advent Calendar features festive illustrations of 25 ornaments, each containing a fact about holiday traditions from around the world. Countdown to Christmas with one window per day, December 1st through the 25th.
14 x 17 inches
25 window flaps with interior artwork
Embellished with glitter
Punched hole & ribbon
This set of four solid graphite pencils offers a variety of color options: chose from dark gray, light gray, silver, or gold to craft your masterpiece.
Each pencil features Museum's logo. The pencil case features a sketch from the Museum's archives of Thomas McKeller by John Singer Sargent. McKeller posed for most of the figures—both male and female—in Sargent’s murals in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Perfect for sketching in the Museum's Courtyard!
This set of six multicolored crayons is packaged with a band stamped with the Museum's name. Perfect for creating your own artwork, inspired by the many colors in our Courtyard!4.5 x 3 inches box
Garden of Poppies
John Appleton Brown, American, Massachusetts, 1844 - 1902, New York
This set of six dual-ended colored pencils is packaged with a beautiful band featuring Garden of Poppies by John Appleton Brown. Perfect for sketching in our magnificent Courtyard!
Aspiring ballet stars will fall in love with this appealing little sticker celebration, which serves not only as a source of decorative sticker fun but also as an accurate and entertaining guide to ballet positions. Twenty full-color peel-and-apply illustrations depict girls and boys in traditional ballet outfits correctly performing an arabesque, a sissonne, grand battement, grand jeté, pas de chat, pirouette, brisé vole, attitude penché (with partner), pas de bourrée, and more. Steps are identified and explained on the inside back cover. Sure to delight and inspire ballet stars of the future, these enchanting images will also add colorful touches to mirrors, windows, letters, lunch boxes, and other personal items.4.2 x 5.75 inches
Six popular designs for little hands: Cupid with bow and arrow, rebus-style message proclaiming "I (heart) you." Appealing, durable stencils for creating personalized greeting cards, and posters.4.2 x 5.75
In this time of High Tech computer games for children it is a pleasure to come across a book that gives a simple alternative that both amuses and educates. Scrap Albums were very popular in the 19th century, many of the activities in them have been almost forgotten about, such as thumb prints and collecting skeleton leaves to name but two, which will help widen children's interest. This album was put together for the Pollock's Toy Museum in the late 1970s, the main change being the cover design.Published by Pryor Publications
Gathering a Garden is a simple game that develops basic skills like patience, counting, and an understanding of different categories of plants and gardening-related elements. Be the first to fill your garden! Move around the board collecting garden items from each shopkeeper and be the first to return to plant a garden. Game includes 18 x 18 inch sturdy game board, spinner, game pieces and plant tiles.
For ages 5+
No plastic pieces!
Catastrophe! The Grand Museum of Art may have to close forever! The Museum Director just jumped ship, leaving behind an enormous hidden deficit.
It’s up to you and your fellow curators to increase visitor attendance and keep the museum running. To do this, you must present grandiose exhibitions that will attract crowds of visitors and fill the museum coffers to save the institution from financial ruin.
The curator with the most popular exhibitions will become the new Museum Director!
In the beginning every player has got a couple of art (painting) cards and also a couple of (secret) exhibition cards as goals to complete collections. Every exhibition card consist of art cards, but there are a lot of paintings that belong to more exhibitions. If a player collects every card of her/his exhibition card she/he gets more victory points than the independent cards have.
To collect cards players have to roll dice and move pawns, they can get cards (art or exhibition) in various forms, they can steel from each other, they can answer trivia about the paintings. At the end of the game the player with the most victory point wins the game.
Recommended for ages 12+
Friendly animals show simple ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in these 48 cards that demonstrate answers to questions about relationships with the larger world. For example: Before you recycle containers? Rinse your recyclables!
Cultivate kind behavior, thoughtfulness, and respect for others. Contains 48 flash cards that present situations and ask for an appropriate response. Whether reinforcing rules or introducing children to unfamiliar situations, these cards inspire conversations about responsibilities and values. Parent cards describe ways to use the cards, and suggest ways to reinforce conscientiousness. Engaging animals respectfully sharing basic concepts were created by author and illustrator Saxton Freymann.
Once upon a time…it's the Princess and the Pea! This Princess, who wears a stunning blue and gold sparkle dress, comes in a keepsake castle box that slides open and closed. Just like in the story, the princess mouse still feels the pea even with the many mattresses that come in this cute set... how charming!
Castle is constructed out of sturdy cardboard. Other materials include cotton, linen, and polyester filling.
Measures 7 x 3.5 x 6 inches
Mouse is about 5 inches tall