Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Lonely Planet review

The Gardner is filled with almost 2000 priceless objects, primarily European, including outstanding tapestries and Italian Renaissance and 17th-century Dutch paintings. The four-story greenhouse courtyard is a masterpiece and a tranquil oasis that alone is worth the price of admission.

This museum was home to ‘Mrs Jack’ Gardner herself until her death in 1924. It remains a monument to one woman’s taste for acquiring exquisite art.