Boston Weekend

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Attraction | 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA; 617-566-1401

Photo by Dong Yan

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

From the weekend trip Skip the Freedom Trail in Boston

Definitely better known than other must-sees on this list, this winning art collection nevertheless remains fairly under-the-radar to Boston history aficionados. Occupying a flight of fancy designed to resemble an Italian palazzo, it's one of the country's most unique art galleries, with paintings by big-ticket artists like Titian and Rembrandt hanging, unlabeled, in lushly decorated rooms. Keep an eye out for the smattering of empty frames upstairs—their contents were stolen in a 1990 art heist (the most expensive take of its kind) and have never been recovered.


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