The gift shop at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is not your typical museum store. A carefully curated collection is inspired by the artwork and architecture. Curiosity cabinets invite the visitor to look within, much like the archive rooms, filled with hidden displays. The ever-changing selection is international with a heavy accent on travel and reflects the current exhibits on display and the wanderlust of Mrs. Gardner.
Tucked away not far from the well known Museum of Fine Arts is my favorite spot in Boston. The Gardner Museum, completed in 1903, houses the vibrant collection of a woman who knew her way around the globe. The artwork celebrates the worldly travels of a lifetime of collecting, in an intimate Moorish setting, with a center courtyard that will knock your socks off! The new Renzo Piano-designed wing brings the museum into the 21st century, housing modern performance rooms. Cafe G features a menu inspired by the flowers and music of the museum, and an intimate reading room provides a spot for finishing off your afternoon traveling vicariously through Isabella Stewart's collections and generosity.