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In 1990, thieves broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 works of art.

Museum walls remind visitors of the missing art.

The thieves were never captured, and the statute of limitations for the theft has expired.

The Gardner Museum is offering a $5 million reward.

The FBI and the Gardner Museum are seeking the public’s help to recover the artwork.

Geoff Kelly, special agent: These painting are very unique, easily identifiable if you know what you’re looking for. If you didn’t see these paintings you’d walk right by them and maybe not take note of them. But by trying to get the images out there of these paintings and these pieces, hopefully this might resonate with someone.Someone might see a painting and scour their memory and realize that maybe they’d seen it in years past. And that’s what we’re trying to do.

Anthony Amore, director of security, Gardner Museum: The pieces that were stolen from the Gardner really are the true definition of pricelessness, because they can never be sold, they can never be replaced. So when you lose a piece form this particular collection the museum can’t just go out and acquire another masterpiece to put in its place. it has to remain empty. The spots have to remain unfilled until Mrs. Gardner’s purchases and her items are put back into their proper place in the collection.

Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge, Boston FBI: And the final chapter in this investigation would be the successful location and recovery of the paintings, and the return of these paintings to the Gardner Art Museum.

Amore: Again, we just simply want the information so we can recover our paintings and move forward. Twenty-three years. That’s far too long. It’s time for these paintings to come home.


Gardner Museum Theft

$5 Million Reward
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is offering a $5 million reward for the return of 13 pieces of art stolen in 1990. Webpage | Story


On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers gained access to the Gardner Museum. Once inside, they tied up the security guards and proceeded to steal 13 objects, including rare paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, and Vermeer, valued at approximately $500 million. The case represents the largest property crime in U.S. history.


“Twenty-three years since the robbery. That’s far too long. It’s time for these paintings to come home.”
Anthony Amore, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

Empty Museum Frame (Play Video)

Officials discuss the case and their renewed efforts to recover the priceless art.


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