Take in the beauty that awaits at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - FREE! While most other culture-infused locals are shut-tight, New Year's Day is customary for lovers of this museum.
Three floors of galleries house the former owner's beautiful belongings, which range from paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts from cultures spanning thirty centuries. The feel is intimate and charming and the 15th-century Venetian-style palace is overwhelmingly interesting - there's just so much to see! The garden and courtyard is the real pièce de résistance - Gardner designed her museum around a central flowering courtyard as a reflection of her personal love of flowers. It's truly something to see.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum