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The new main entrance (left) of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is on Evans Way.
The glass corridor connecting the palace to the new wing.
The palace seen from the central staircase.
The upper portion is clad in corrugated pre-patinated green copper.
The Living Room is intended for relaxation and contemplation.
The bold double-ramp central staircase.
The temporary exhibition gallery has an adjustable ceiling to vary its height between 12 and 36 feet.
The Gardner Museum was able to restore the largest palace chamber, the Tapestry Room, which for decades housed concerts and lectures.
The skylight in the Calderwood Performance Hall.
Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff
Soprano, Kiri Te Kanawa, right, bowed with pianist Vlad Iftinca, after her encore performance in the Calderwood Hall during the special opening preview on Jan. 12, 2012.
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