Gardner opens its doors for community nights

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is opening its doors to the community this summer with a series of free music and art-filled “Neighborhood Nights.”

July 24’s theme will be “Fiesta: World of Ideas” and Aug. 7’s will be “Earth Actually!”

This is the Gardner’s 12th year offering free, family-friendly open “Neighborhood Nights.” The “Fiesta” night will include an artwork scavenger, hunt and “Earth Actually” night will focus on the museum’s garden. Both nights will have live music.

“If you’ve never visited the Gardner, Neighborhood Nights are great times to start,” Gardner educational program director Peggy Burchenal said in a release. “You can explore the galleries and learn about the museum and its exceptional collection by talking to staff and volunteers. You can also try your hand at an art activity in the new education studio, or enjoy music in our outdoor garden.”

Activities take place between 5 and 8 p.m. This year’s Neighborhood Nights are being offered in collaboration with Discovery Roxbury.

The Gardner is located at 280 the Fenway. Its website is

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