Visiting the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a treat any time of year. But now is a particularly good time to visit. Every year around the middle of April, Isabella’s birthday (she was born on April 14, 1840) is celebrated at the museum by hanging her favorite flowers, nasturtiums, from the third floor balconies of the gorgeous Italianate atrium. It is a splendid sight.
If you are an Arlington resident, you can reserve the library’s museum pass, which will allow you and three others to visit the museum for only $5.00 each. If your name happens to be Isabella, admission is free. You will be able to experience both the new museum entrance building and the original Gardner building.
When you return the museum pass, borrow one of the library’s books about Isabella Stewart Gardner’s life, art collecting, and museum:
Mrs. Jack by Louise Hall Tharp
The Art Of Scandal by Douglass Shand-Tucci
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A Companion Guide and History by Hilliard T. Goldfarb
Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia by Christine Guth
Next, stroll the grounds of the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in nearby Watertown where Isabella was buried. The cemetery is especially beautiful this time of year.