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MFA and Gardner Museum are free on MLK Day

John Wilson, Museum of Fine Arts

John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985. Black and white pastel on cream             Japanese paper. Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift.                                 © John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.                                                           

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day and while I will be working, the holiday is observed by many companies and organizations here in Boston. There are lots of events taking place in and around Boston paying tribute to King’s legacy. In honor of King, two of my favorite museums are open and free to the public.

Should you have the day off stop by and check out either the Isabella Stewart Gardner or the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday.

Third Thursdays at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum expansionLater this week the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will host their Third Thursday event, which Boston.com named “Best Museum/Gallery Event”. Each month the event welcomes a new musical group to perform in the Museum’s Calderwood Hall.

The monthly gathering runs from at 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, located at 25 Evans Way in Boston. Tickets are required and they may be purchased in advance or at the door; tickets also include Museum admission. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, $5 for students with valid IDs. There will be a cash wine bar around the Courtyard and Café G will be open.

For information about this month’s Third Thursday event or to purchase tickets in advance, click here.

How to survive a Boston winter

For the past few years, I’ve been writing posts in the fall to help people prepare for the oncoming winter.  Earlier this week I shared these tips: BosGuy Tip #1: Book a vacation nowBosGuy Tip #2: Find a cuddle buddy and BosGuy Tip #3: Chocolate.

how to survive a boston winterBosGuy Tip #4: Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Visit this gorgeous museum in February and March. The garden always has vibrant flowers, flowing water and grass. The combined affect awakens your senses and can quickly chase away the winter blues.

After you leave the museum, I suggest heading to the Back Bay or South End where you can purchase a delicious cup of hot chocolate (see tip #3) and talk about everything you saw at the Gardner Museum.

Gardner Museum free tomorrow

Highland Street FoundationThanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Friday’s has been making different museums and cultural venues in and around Boston free to the public this summer. Each Friday, Free Fun Fridays identifies six different museums and cultural venues the public may enjoy for no cost.

Tomorrow, August 23rd, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be free. To see the full list of museums and cultural institutions that will be free of charge, link here.

Thank you Highland Street Foundation.

Gardner After Hours tonight

Gardner MuseumThe third Thursday of each month the Isabella Gardner Museum hosts their After Hours series that allows you to experience the Gardner Museum’s new wing, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy live music, and cocktails.

Courtyard Bar featuring Bellini | 5:30 pm-9 pm
Rumor has it that when Giuseppe Cipriani invented this cocktail, the color reminded him of a pink toga in a painting by 15th century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. We’ll drink to that!

Gallery Game: Italia! | 6 pm-8:30 pm
Try your hand at a lighthearted gallery game – focused on some of the exquisite Italian works in the collection.

Gardner After Hours costs $15 ($5 if you are a student).  For more information about tonight’s After Hours or to purchase tickets link here.


How to survive a Boston winter

Starting this past fall I wrote a few posts called “How to survive a Boston winter”. I thought I’d provide some guidance for all those who may not have had to ‘weather’ a New England winter before. While many of my past posts can be adopted by anyone living in  a colder climate (you can read them here, here and here), this months feature truly is advice for those in Boston.

When the mercury drops and temperatures are freezing, visiting a museum is a great way to pass a day, but Boston is very lucky to have the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  The original building was modeled after a Venetian palace and home to the eccentric woman who the museum is named for. Starting Thursday, January 19th The Gardner reopens after a brief closure to put the finishing touches on its largest expansion in the museum’s 109 year history. If you visit be sure to go to the original building.  In the middle of her house is a tiny, but beautiful garden where you can literally smell roses in bloom, see a beautiful patch of grass and temporarily forget that the weather outside is downright frightful. If you can’t get away and find the winter too much to take then treat yourself by visiting the Gardner; it’ll do a world of good.