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Special section: The Gardner Grows

A look at the expanded Gardner museum

The $114 million steel, glass, and copper-clad addition to Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum includes a new music hall, gallery space, and other amenities for an institution that has remained largely unaltered since opening in 1903.

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entrance
living room
gallery
corridor
cafe
concert hall
greenhouses
artist accommodations

New entrance

Visitors will enter through a front door on Evans Way into a first floor of glass and light with views of the gardens, greenhouses and original museum.

Living Room

Inspired by a project of artist-in-residence Lee Mingwei in 2000, this space will have a domestic aesthetic that echoes the essence of Isabella Stewart Gardner's palazzo, where personal and public spaces blended.
Area: 1,100 square feet

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Special Exhibition Gallery

This soaring place includes an antegallery for light-sensitive objects. A movable translucent ceiling can be positioned to fit the size of specific art exhibits.
Main gallery area: 1,500 square feet; antegallery: 500 square feet

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Glass corridor

Visitors will walk through an enclosed, transparent corridor shaded by a grove of trees to get from the new wing to the original mansion.

Cafe G

The Gardner cafe will reopen in a larger indoor and outdoor space with seating for about 120 people and an enhanced kitchen. Area: 1,800 square feet

Cafe G gets personal

Calderwood Performance Hall

The new concert space has about 300 seats: two rows at floor level, and single rows in each of three balconies, all surrounding a central stage. Area: 6,000 square feet

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Green spaces

Greenhouses and newly designed gardens reflect Isabella Stewart Gardner's passion for horticulture and the art of landscape. Area: 1,650 square feet

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Artist accommodations

Two apartments above the greenhouses, with a sloping glass façade, will be available for artists-in-residence. Area: 600 square feet per apartment

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Greenhouses and newly designed gardens reflect Isabella Stewart Gardner's passion for horticulture and the art of landscape. Area: 1,650 square feet

Two apartments above the greenhouses, with a sloping glass façade, will be available for artists-in-residence. Area: 600 square feet per apartment

Visitors will enter through a front door on Evans Way into a first floor of glass and light with views of the gardens, greenhouses and original museum.

Inspired by a project of artist-in-residence Lee Mingwei in 2000, this space will have a domestic aesthetic that echoes the essence of Isabella Stewart Gardner's palazzo, where personal and public spaces blended. Area: 1,100 square feet

This soaring place includes an antegallery for light-sensitive objects. A movable translucent ceiling can be positioned to fit the size of specific art exhibits. Main gallery area: 1,500 square feet; antegallery: 500 square feet

Visitors will walk through an enclosed, transparent corridor shaded by a grove of trees to get from the new wing to the palace.

The new concert space has about 300 seats: two rows at floor level, and single rows in each of three balconies, all surrounding a central stage. Area: 6,000 square feet

The Gardner cafe will reopen in a larger indoor and outdoor space with seating for about 120 people and an enhanced kitchen. Area: 1,800 square feet

Monica Ulmanu, Javier Zarracina, Tom Giratikanon/ Globe Staff

David l. ryan/globe staff

Mystery achievement

By changing with the times, will the Gardner lose some of its poetry? By Sebastian Smee

For Anne Hawley, patience is rewarded

The Gardner’s director has weathered criticism and controversy to bring the museum’s new wing into existence. It opens to the public Jan. 19. By Geoff Edgers

Renzo Piano gets museum airborne

Piano designed with the museum’s original mission in mind. By Joseph P. Kahn

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Gardner Museum artists get room with a view

New, modern apartments allow artists-in-residence to spend quality time at the museum. By Geoff Edgers

A view looking into the courtyard of the Gardner Museum’s new wing. With Gardner museum’s new wing, landscaping makes a statement

With fresh plantings, the museum grounds are treated like an art form. By Carol Stocker

Gardner’s new concert hall is attuned to musical legacy

The Calderwood Performance Hall is an airy, sleekly modern space that feels far away from the cloistered confines of the museum’s former music hall. By Jeremy Eichler

Living Room treasures to spark discussion

In a project inspired by artist Lee Mingwei, about three times a week, guest hosts will bring in three to five objects from their own homes to facilitate discussion with interested museumgoers. By Anna Marden

Isabella Stewart Gardner was ‘the brightest, breeziest woman in Boston’

“A fairy in a machine shop” was how the essayist John Jay Chapman described her. By Mark Feeney

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Confessions of a former Gardner Museum night guard

Alone with masterpieces, and nothing but a flashlight as a source of illumination. By Geoff Rockwell

Gardner Museum’s environmentally friendly wing eyes LEED certification with geothermal wells

Eight geothermal wells dug underneath the museum break new ground in conserving energy. By James H. Burnett III

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has new, expanded gift shop

The shop will offer everything from $6.50 hand-drawn note cards to a $70 gold-plated bunny and a $500 sterling silver cuff engraved with a quote from Marcel Proust. By Beth Teitell

Showcase for a 3-D artist, rocker. Artist Victoria Morton gets first US museum solo show

Also a guitarist, she will play with her rock band “Muscles of Joy,’’ whose six members are all women artists. By James H. Burnett III

Gardner’s new Cafe G gets personal

The museum is getting a culinary makeover to match its unique vision. By Devra First


10 treasures from around the world

Treasures at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum include works by Cellini and Michelangelo as well as objects from places like ancient Rome, 12th-century Spain, and Song Dynasty China.

Timeline of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The story of the museum from 1860 to the present. By Anthony Savvides

Gardner Museum magazine: letter from the arts editor

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s expansion, designed by the famed architect Renzo Piano, was many years in the making. By Rebecca Ostriker

How to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Information on parking, public transportation, hours, admission, and more.

Gardner Museum offers first look at major renovation

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum unveils its $118 million expansion and renovation project to the media, sparking a busy week of star-studded affairs. By Geoff Edgers

Gardner shows off its graceful update

When leaders of the 109-year-old Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum unveiled its $114 million addition yesterday, they did so with an eye toward the past. By Geoff Edgers

MUSIC REVIEW

Soprano Kiri te Kanawa acknowledges the crowd with pianist Vlad Iftinca after performing in Calderwood Hall last night. Gardner’s new hall is star of show

A gala concert offered a select group a first look at, and a first listen to, Calderwood Hall, the elegant and smartly designed 296-seat venue that will be the epicenter of the Gardner’s musical activities. By David Weininger

Names

Gardner Museum celebrates new wing with classy affair

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum celebrated the opening of its new, multimillion-dollar wing with a black-tie bash. By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Gardner Museum addition is a contemporary counterpoint

Renzo Piano’s addition honors and complements the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. By Michael Z. Wise

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