Featured library pass: Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum

Above: This Boston museum is as much about the setting as the collections. (Photos from Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum website)

The Southborough Library’s website is highlighting a featured discount pass each month. For this month, it’s the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

I consider the libray’s passes one of the most underutilized great resources in town. So, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind readers again.

The pass admits four adults at the price of $5.00 each. (Visitors under 18 are admitted for free.) One great thing about this pass is that it doesn’t have to be returned.

This local jewel is apparently as much about the building and grounds as it is their collection. So you may want to carve out some time to enjoy it before the cold weather hits.

20140911_isabella_stewart_museumAccording to their website:

Housed in a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the Museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s preeminent collection contains more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare books and decorative arts. The galleries house works by some of the most recognized artists in the world, including Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Sargent. The spirit of the architecture, the personal character of the arrangements and the artistic display of the enchanting courtyard in full bloom all create an atmosphere that distinguishes the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an intimate and culturally-rich treasure.

You can find information on this pass and others through the museum pass page on the library’s website.

There you can find the link to their “Museum Passes at a Glance” grid.  This lists each venue’s description, discount, distance from Southborough, parking and other details.

Another link allows you to reserve the passes online, or you can make reservations by calling 508-485-5031. (Please note that the Discovery pass, like some others, needs to be returned by 10am the following morning.)

I confess that I haven’t been to this museum yet. (If you’ve enjoyed it, feel free to share a comment on your experience.)

Below, I’ve included again my gallery of photos showing the diversity of pass offerings through the library (click on images below to open

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