I am your typical tourist. I photograph beautiful landscapes, I pause to admire the detailed architecture of buildings, I gasp every time I see a delicious dessert and must eat it, I chat with locals any chance I get to get suggestions about the places I must go to. Essentially I get excited over every little detail when I travel. If you are a tourist like me who must go to all the museums there are in a city then brace yourself because Boston is one city that will have you crying over the impossibility of squeezing everything in.
One the most unexpected beauties in Boston was the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. As the title suggests this is a museum, but oh my it is so much more. I saw a picture of the museum’s courtyard garden in my guidebook and not having read anything about it, I told my friend Kat,we have to go. Call it a hunch, call it pure luck we were both blown away by this not so hidden beauty. Apparently it is the place to be.
Defining the museum as breathtaking is an understatement. I love nature, I love buildings and history, I love places that have a story to tell. And this is not just a museum, it does have a story to tell. The story of lady Isabella Stewart Gardner is very intriguing and may I say daring if one considers the role of women during that era. Isabella was a woman that dared to be different and used her inherited fortune from her father to create something unique amidst this building. She collected religious artifacts from all over the world and little by little her collection continued to grow. Finally the grand opening of the museum took place in 1903. You can define Isabella as a philanthropist, an art collector but what she really was, is a woman that had a vision to educate the public.
Did I mention the museum offers activities for everyone to participate in? We loved making our little mosaic coaster. Such a fun break from all the walking and information overload when looking through a museum. The perfect way to end our visit in this sanctuary.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, and don’t forget to stop by ISGM!