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PRIVATE TOUR ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM

Heard from museum today. They have confirmed the private tours. UNFORTUNATELY, the company who owns and runs the dining service has just gone through a management change and they will now NOT be honoring our reservations for our group afternoon tea...POOP! However, the cafe will be open to the public at the end of our tour and you are free to stay on for a late lunch or dessert or a drink there...on your own.

So, arrangements are now for private tour only!!! If this disappoints you so much that you no longer wish to join us, please change your RSVP immediately. The fee for this tour is

$20 CASH...Please bring EXACT CHANGE!!!!

See you all outside the main entrance at 12pm. Please be on time.

any changes after WED will be considered a no show! We will be divided into three groups...with three tour guides. The museum has to arrange all that, so PLEASE COOPERATE!

Travel by train to North Station, then green line to museum OR carpool and find meter parking nearby? We will meet at the museum entrance.

This is not a typical museum...it is a private collection which remains pretty much as it was in the home of ISG.

Suggest you visit their website for further information.

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  • Katry S.

    It was a lovely event..
    Thank you Kathleen for organizing.
    Such a nice, friendly, wonderful group of
    women.

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Jacquelyn

      It looked like your nieces were enjoying themselves. Beautiful girls!

      September 29, 2013

    • Katry S.

      Thank you! My nieces did have a great

      September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great day ..... Thanks Kathy !!!!

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely day

    September 29, 2013

  • Pat C.

    It was a lovely afternoon. The private tour, provided by a lovely lady, a lovely museum, many unique and interesting displays, lovely lunch at the "Squealing Pig" with four lovely ladies. Like I said, it was a lovely afternoon.

    September 29, 2013

  • Deb B

    great!

    September 29, 2013

  • Paula

    Enjoyed the museum and the tour

    September 29, 2013

  • Ann G

    I had a wonderful time revisiting Mrs. Gardner's legacy. The tour was interesting and our tour guide very knowledgeable . I met so many lovely and charming ladies today. Thank you for a greAt outing.

    September 28, 2013

  • Barbara

    What a lovely day! So well organized. Very good tour, although a bit short. Elegant lunch. Beautiful museum. Interesting and very pleasant companions. And wonderful Boston! I certainly want to do more with this group.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely day ..... Thanks for organizing Kathleen

    September 28, 2013

  • Melita

    Great tour. Learned so much with our private tour guide!

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great tour! Thanks, Kathy! Such and interesting woman and museum. We had a fabulous tour guide. Learned a lot!

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tour guide was very knowledgeable.

    September 28, 2013

  • Sheila B.

    This was so awesome! Had the best time. The guided tour was really nice.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • diane

    Looking for parking with friend. See you soon

    September 28, 2013

  • Katry S.

    Hi Kathleen -
    May I bring 2 guests? I have unexpected
    company from out of town.
    If there isn't room, I understand. Would be unable
    to attend.
    Thanks.

    1 · September 28, 2013

    • Kathleen

      Yes...hope this reaches you in time!

      September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Barbara O.... I am at B & N in a white Buick Lacrosse three rows back.

    September 28, 2013

  • Sue

    Great group of ladies going! Wish I could have joined you....I'll be with travel group in Kennebunkport! Have a great time!

    2 · September 27, 2013

    • Jacquelyn

      u have fun too=wish I could be in two places at once!

      1 · September 27, 2013

    • Kathleen

      Thanks Sue...hope you have a great time too!

      September 27, 2013

  • Jacquelyn

    Would 10:30 AM be too early to meet at REI? I figure that would give us plenty of time to find our way into that area of Boston. Sheila, Maddy and Rita

    2 · September 18, 2013

    • Rita

      Hi Jackie, I needed to cancel my meetup. I Have a fracture in my ankle. Yesterday did x-ray. Not fun. Now I am waiting for appointment.

      September 27, 2013

    • Kathleen

      So sorry Rita...hope to meet you another time. Take care.

      1 · September 27, 2013

  • Andrea D.

    Sorry....have to cxld...Pumpkins arriving at church, then needed to help out @ Fryburg Fair in Maine....Have a great time....(;-)

    September 27, 2013

  • Pat C.

    Hi Cheryl,
    I like to go with you, thanks for offering.
    I'll be at the park and ride off 93, exit 42. at what time?
    my #[masked] it's usually easier to text or call me, I don't check my computer too often

    Thanks again, Pat

    September 27, 2013

  • Pat C.

    I'm in Lowell, would like to go with someone, I can drive.

    September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cheryl -- Due to an opportunity to go visit folks on the South Shore after the museum on Saturday, I am going to take my own car so I can leave straight from there. So there is definitely room for Pat C now!

      September 26, 2013

    • Cheryl W

      Hi Jean, thank you for letting me know.

      September 26, 2013

  • Katry S.

    Hi Kathleen -
    Did the Museum give you an estimated time for how long the tour is?
    Thank you

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • diane

    Kathleen - did they tell you how long the tour is so we can plan our afternoon and walking shoes! Perhaps ending at 2 or will it run later ? Thank you

    September 23, 2013

    • Kathleen

      Hi Diane, tour is one hour...so we will be done by 1:30-2:00 and can wander thru on our own, have a drink, coffee or a late lunch...we will be divided into three groups with three guides.

      September 25, 2013

  • diane

    Hi Kathleen - could I add one guest now that there are spots available and this has been posted for a month? I did email you a few days ago, let me know when you have a moment. The site is not allowing a guest as you listed several weeks ago. Thank you.

    September 15, 2013

    • Kathleen

      Absolutely, thought I already answered.

      September 19, 2013

    • Kathleen

      Diane, could you please try again to add your plus one? think I fixed it.

      September 24, 2013

  • Pat C.

    Hi, I live in lowell and would like to carpool. I can drive.

    September 23, 2013

    • Pat C.

      Yeah! Let me know where. Thanks

      September 23, 2013

    • Cheryl W

      Hello. I was going to see if everyone would meet at the park and ride just off of 93, exit 42. What time do you think we should leave? I now have a full car.

      September 23, 2013

  • Ann G

    I live in Peabody. I would be happy to Drive there or to a T stop.

    August 19, 2013

    • Barbara

      I do have room in my car. Barbara OB

      September 22, 2013

    • Janis

      Great thank you.

      September 22, 2013

  • Janis

    I would like to join this meetup. Is there room in the Peabody car pool?

    September 22, 2013

    • Ann G

      I have a full car already Janis. I am driving 3 other ladies already . Sorry.

      September 22, 2013

  • Cheryl W

    Hello. Anyone like to commute from the Tewksbury area? I will drive.

    September 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello, Cheryl! I'd be happy to drive down from Haverhill and go with you!

      September 15, 2013

    • Cheryl W

      Okay. We can chat next week about time and location.

      September 17, 2013

  • Irene

    Anyone coming in from the South Shore that would like to car pool?

    September 17, 2013

  • mary ann k.

    Have been to museum many times but never had a tour. this will be great fun and informative .

    September 10, 2013

  • Barbara

    Hello Ann. I live in Danvers, next door! I would love to ride with you and could pay for the gas. Want to meet at Panera at Shaw's Plaza to
    exchange phone numbers and make a plan? You name the day and time. I am even home today.

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, many thanks to Kathleen!

    Is anyone else traveling to this from the Haverhill area?

    September 9, 2013

  • Jody

    Yeah! - Thanks Kathleen for organizing this.

    September 9, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Not set yet, but Hope to post confirmation by this Monday pm...keep an eye out.

    1 · September 6, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Museum has said no for sept 21st. Hope to have date of 28th and time confirmed by this Tuesday. Sorry but it's a back and forth process, a small museum and it takes some time to confirm. No wait list for now. Will send general email as soon as I know more, then you can update your emails.

    August 24, 2013

    • Lin

      Hi, has the date been confirmed yet for 9/28? I see one person waiting who can have my slot since I can't make it but don't want to change my RSVP till I know for sure. Thanks!

      September 6, 2013

  • Jacquelyn

    Sheila and I have decided to meet at RCI and drive in together. Anyone else want to drive in with us?

    August 25, 2013

    • Rita

      Jacquelyn, did you mean REI? I would really love to carpool with you guys. Let me know.

      1 · August 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd like to carpool. I don't mind meeting at REI, Wakefield. Let me know

      August 25, 2013

  • julia

    Sorry can't go :(

    August 25, 2013

  • julia

    Oh no the 28th is the kennybunkport trip!!!!

    August 25, 2013

  • Jacquelyn

    Hey Rita, YESSSSS REI , shows how swift my mind is! Maddy you are more than welcome to carpool with us........my #[masked]

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Rita

      I will call you closer to that date. Thank you.

      August 25, 2013

  • Lin

    I could make 9/21 but can't make 9/28 so need to cancel if the 28th is confirmed. The page is not allowing me to change my RSVP to no though.

    August 24, 2013

  • Kathleen

    While there are occasional free events, we would be strictly limited to a group of five. All large groups must be accompanied. Since this was her house, Isabella made very severe guidelines as to what could be done. For instance, there are no tags on any of the art! It is meant to be viewed as a whole to give you the idea of exactly how she lived and I understand that this makes it very difficult to appreciate what you are seeing even with an audio guide.

    After a number of years of living abroad, and having no art background myself, I have found that it is usually well worth the added expense to have an art professional accompany you through the museum.

    August 19, 2013

    • Kathleen

      Welcome Southie! Glad to have you join us. Will you meet us at the museum?

      August 19, 2013

    • Jody

      Thank you for the welcome - yes I will plan on meeting everyone at the museum.

      August 20, 2013

  • Kathleen

    I am overwhelmed at the response for this event! Please no more plus ones...(sorry am new to this) and as we get closer and have a confirmed date from the museum I must have everyone's name who is attending. This place is very strict and there is paperwork to submit!
    There is NO WAIT LIST for this event right now...
    So when I post a confirmed date, please make sure you can go or remove your RSVP ASAP!
    Final count will be required 48 hrs prior to event and you will definitely be counted as a no show after that.

    August 19, 2013

  • Andrea D.

    It's FREE this coming Friday the 23rd thru the Highland Street foundation...I just picked up a notice at the PEM last night..I've always wanted to see it

    August 19, 2013

  • Sheila B.

    I live in Wakefield if anyone would like to either drive or take public transportation with me.

    August 19, 2013

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