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Van-Go Bus Tour:
The Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum
Thursday | November 29th, 2018
@ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
$40/pp BAM Members
for travel on our luxury mini-coach
+ Museum Admission (paid @ door)
Join BAM as we head into Boston on our luxury coach to explore the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. The museum was opened in 1903 by Isabella Stewart Gardner, an American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. Gardner began collecting seriously after she received a large inheritance from her father in 1891. After her husband John L. Gardner's death in 1898, Isabella Gardner realized their shared dream of building a museum for their treasures. She purchased land in the marshy Fenway area of Boston, and hired architect Willard T. Sears to build a museum modeled on the Renaissance palaces of Venice. Gardner was deeply involved in every aspect of the design, leading Sears to quip that he was merely the structural engineer making Gardner's design possible. After the construction of the building was complete, Gardner spent a year installing her collection in a way that evokes intimate responses to the art, mixing paintings, furniture, textiles and objects from different cultures and periods among well-known European paintings and sculpture. The gallery installations were very different than they appear today; the Room of Early Italian Paintings, for example, served as her Chinese Room until about 1914.
During Gardner's lifetime, she welcomed artists, performers, and scholars to Fenway Court to draw inspiration from the rich collection and dazzling Venetian setting, including John Singer Sargent, Charles Martin Loeffler, and Ruth St. Denis, among others. Gardner also occasionally hosted artists' exhibitions within Fenway Court, including one of Anna Coleman Ladd. Today, the museum's contemporary artist-in-residence program, courtyard garden displays, concerts, and innovative education programs continue Isabella Gardner's legacy.
When Gardner died in 1924, her will created an endowment of $1 million and outlined stipulations for the support of the museum, including the charge that her collection be permanently exhibited "for the education and enjoyment of the public forever" according to her aesthetic vision and intent.
Travelers may bring a lunch or purchase one at our second stop, Eataly Boston, a bustling Italian marketplace with an array of specialty shops and casual dining options, located in the nearby Prudential Center.
The coach will leave from the Municipal Lot on Thames Street in Bristol at 9:30 am and depart Boston at 2:30 pm.