The Dighton Public Library now offers museum passes to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. The pass allows visitors reduced admission of $5.00 for 4 people, and children under 18 are always free. As are people named Isabella. The museum is home to concerts, artwork and a garden in the middle of Boston’s Fenway.
Isabella Stewart Gardner, known also as “Mrs. Jack” in reference to her husband, John L. (“Jack”) Gardner, was one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. She was a supporter of the arts, community social services and cultural enrichment. She was an ardent fan of the Boston Symphony, the Red Sox, and Harvard College football. Isabella Stewart Gardner was also the visionary creator of what remains one of the most remarkable and intimate collections of art in the world today and a dynamic supporter of artists of her time, encouraging music, literature, dance, and creative thinking across artistic disciplines.
Her museum is as well known for the art heist on March 18, 1990, where two thieves dressed as Boston policemen stole 13 works of art, including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a Manet portrait and sketches by Renoir. Recently, the FBI made public that it believes they know the identity of the thieves but not their whereabouts.