Gardner chose to site her Museum on the edge of the newly built Back Bay Fens, a part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, because she saw the potential for this new landscape to enable, inform, and enhance the city of Boston. Today the Museum continues to recognize the importance of landscape architecture through its landscape department, landscape lectures, and landscape exhibitions.
Gardens, both interior and exterior, are an integral part of the Gardner Museum experience today. When Isabella built the Museum, she created an experience that was as much about flowers and plants, artfully arranged, as it was about masterpieces of art. The culmination of that vision is the Courtyard but botanical images can be found throughout the Museum.
Now Offering In-Store Pickup
We have reopened to the public and we can’t wait to see you! We are pleased to offer in-store pickup as a way for you to get your order quickly when you come to visit us. We have greatly limited our capacity in the store, which may incur a wait time. If you are coming to the Museum, we encourage you to place your order with us before your visit so we can have it ready right away for you. Just select "pickup" as your delivery method at checkout and we will notify you when your order is ready.