Whistler's Picks

The Living Room in the new wing of our Museum was conceived by artist Lee Mingwei as a space to connect and share stories. As part of his design, he envisioned a live canary filling the space with warmth and music. That canary is named Whistler, after Gardner's long-time friend and artist James McNeill Whistler. 

This collection of gifts was selected by our feisty yellow "Bird-in-Residence", as we like to call him. Whistler is a visitor-favorite, and known as a canary with impeccable taste, and also a bit of an ego. (But can you blame him? He's adorable.) Follow him on Instagram @whistler_isgm!

We asked Whistler to comment on what inspired his picks, and here's what he had to say:

"As you may already be aware, I only approve the best simply because I am the best! I love my home here at the Gardner and hope you enjoy a little piece to take back to your own nest."


In response to concerns around COVID-19, and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of staff, visitors, and our community, the Gardner Museum is temporarily closed to the public.

During this time, we will continue to regularly ship orders of the Boston's Apollo catalog. If your order contains other merchandise, we will ship it as soon as we can. 

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