The Bruce Museum features journalist Bob Ward speaking about the 1990 Gardner Museum robbery

GREENWICH, Conn. – On the night of March 18, 1990, two men in police uniforms arrived at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Over the next 81 minutes, they kidnapped and then fled with 13 priceless pieces of art. More than 30 years later, the question arises again: are these Rembrandts, Vermeers and Manets definitely gone? Even today, their empty frames hang from the Gardner, a constant and excruciating reminder of an inexplicable loss.

With the artwork valued in current terms at $500 million or more, a major new lead may just be the key to finally solving the case.

Join renowned Boston journalist Bob Ward as he discusses his latest report in The Hug That Stunned the Art World: The Gardner Museum Heist, 30 Years Later. It is produced by the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, as part of its Bruce Presents: Thought Leaders in Art and Science speaker series, taking place via Zoom on Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. EST. Support for Bruce Presents is generously provided by Berkley One, a Berkley Company.

In a statement, Bruce Museum COO and Managing Director Suzanne Lio said: “For museum administrators, collectors and sleuths, the unsolved mystery of the Gardner heist remains irresistibly alluring. For three decades, authorities have amassed an incredible number of leads, clues and theories, but still no breakthrough. This is why Bob Ward’s latest reports are intriguing. He thinks the case will one day be solved, and we can’t wait to find out why. »

The discussion will be moderated by Leonard Jacobs, co-producer of the Bruce Presents series.

To participate in this online, live Zoom webinar, visit and click the Reservations button to register. Tickets are free for members of the Bruce Museum; $20 for non-members.

Bob Ward is a Boston 25 News reporter and is widely considered one of New England’s top crime reporters. Bob’s reporting at WFXT spanned more than two decades. From local to federal investigations, he’s covered hundreds of high-profile cases and is known for getting officials, suspected criminals and even witnesses to go “taped” in his reporting. Bob’s exceptional storytelling combined with his many contacts with law enforcement led to the creation of his Boston 25 series, “New England’s Unsolved”. The story profiles unsolved criminal cases in the region and serves as a powerful voice for victims and their families. Working with families and authorities, Bob’s reporting has helped bring attention to cases that no longer made the headlines. His reporting helped uncover new leads leading to the arrest of dangerous fugitives. In 2017 Bob started a podcast for “New England’s Unsolved” and received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his work. Bob also works closely with “Mass Most Wanted”, a consortium of 39 law enforcement agencies that share information to track down criminals. The partnership has resulted in the arrest of some of New England’s most wanted criminals. Over the course of his career, Bob has received numerous awards and honors including the Mass State Police Superintendent’s Commendation Award, the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, and recognition from the Molly Bish Center and Foundation for his reporting on missing children. Bob sits on the board of the Garden of Peace, a memorial dedicated to homicide victims. Bob’s broadcasting career includes positions with WJAR-TV in Providence, RI and WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH. He has received several Boston/New England Emmy Awards and a Massachusetts Associated Press Award. Originally from New England, Bob is a graduate of Emerson College.


About the Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum is a world-class community institution with a focus on art and science. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Bruce has been voted the best museum in Fairfield County by area media in recent years. Located in a park just off I-95, Exit 3, at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut, the Bruce Museum is a 5-minute walk from the Metro-North Greenwich station. For more information, call the Bruce Museum at 203-869-0376 or visit

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