Free museum entry for people named Isabella

Painting "Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice" (1894) by Anders Zorn
Isabella Stewart Gardner

If you’re named Isabella, you live in or near Boston, and you love art, definitely sign up for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Isabellas Free…Forever! program. It’ll allow you to visit the museum for free for the rest of your life!

Complete and submit this form to receive your Isabellas Free…Forever! museum card–and with it, unlimited FREE admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and a 10% discount on all Museum Shop purchases!

Isabellas Free…Forever! provides unlimited free museum admission to everyone with the first name Isabella–forever! Please see the bottom of the page for more details about the program. (Please note that, in order to be true to our founder, Isabelle and other variations and spellings do not apply.)

We look forward to welcoming you to your museum!

I discovered the program last week while looking up the museum’s hours of operation. (We visited on Saturday — it’s a great little museum.)

Who was Isabella Stewart Gardner? She was an art collector and philanthropist who lived from 1840 until 1924. She started building the museum in the late 1890s, and it was opened on the first day of 1903.

According to the SSA data, the name Isabella was moderately popular in the U.S. at the start of the 20th century, fell out of favor mid-century, then became trendy suddenly in the 1990s. It’s currently one of the top baby girl names in the nation.

P.S. If you’re not an Isabella, you can still enjoy free admission to the museum on your birthday. “Those whose birthdays fall on a Tuesday, when the museum is closed, are invited to join us the Monday before or Wednesday after.” Just remember to bring your ID.

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