Inside Boston's Unsolved $500 Million Art Heist

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The biggest art theft in history occurred at the Isabella Gardner Stewart Museum, in Boston, Massachusetts. On March 18, 1990, two burglars broke into the museum and made off with 13 works of art, worth half a billion dollars. Despite a thorough investigation and several promising leads, the Gardner theft remains unsolved to this day. While the details of the theft have been widely publicized, many folks don’t know much about the history of the museum and the incredible woman who started it all.

Gardner established the popular art museum in Boston to hold her massive and valuable art collection. The museum is home to over 7,500 pieces of art, including paintings, furniture, silver, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and 1,500 rare books. The majority of the masterpieces came from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy and Asia.

Let’s take a look at the events that led to Gardner’s love for art, the museum’s beginnings and the largest art heist in history.