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Institute of Contemporary Art

Art Museum
Seaport District, Boston
  • Lauren L.
    "Thursday night free admission is worth taking advantage of."(7 Tips)
    Siân L.
    "Sit and look at the amazing view up on the 4th Floor"(6 Tips)
    Jeanie N.
    "Amazing outdoor deck overlooking Boston harbor"(4 Tips)
    Monica P.
    "Great exhibits, beautiful space and view."(29 Tips)
112 Tips and reviews
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  • Katerina K.
    Katerina KouriatiOctober 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place. Right on the sea with great views and the fact that is so small makes it so much more appealing. I cannot say same for its coffee shop: Stuff not courteous, bad coffee.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 28, 2016
    $15 adults, views inside and outside, top class exhibits, helpful and knowledgeable staff and free mobile guides
  • Jarrett G.
    Jarrett GoetzOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Just a great museum and collection... And I believe it may be the first museum built from the ground up in Boston in about 100 years. (Need to verify.)
  • Jess B.
    Jess BennettJuly 24, 2015
    Small collection, but thoughtful curation and passionate, helpful staff. Make sure you look out from the glass room on the 4th floor for a spectacular harbour view.
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    Continuing along the waterfront you will encounter the stunning Institute of Contemporary Art, a visionary museum that captures the stimulation of contemporary culture: a must-visit for aficionados. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Not only does the ICA have free admission on Thursday evenings, but they've also got top notch performances from world class dancers and artist talks. Great place for a first date. Read more
  • Michael S.
    Michael SalesAugust 1, 2014
    It's not as big as it looks from outside-all of the art galleries are on the top floor. Some cool things to see--and yes, you may take pictures--as long as there aren't any "no pictures" signs around.
  • Anthony D Paul
    Anthony D PaulJanuary 1, 2013
    Despite the large building, this museum is pretty quick to get through. It is a perfect stop in between a tour of the Boston Tea Party Museum and lunch at the Barking Crab.
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AptekarSeptember 19, 2014
    Architecturally lovely viewing spaces, a great collection, and friendly staff. I come here every time I'm in Boston.
  • Lishay S.
    Lishay ShechterSeptember 27, 2015
    The building is amazing. Interesting exhibitions. Took the free tour on free Thursday evening. Was interesting and made the gist to the museum even better.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Consider visiting during the day so you can see the art in the museum’s best light, & at night, to take in the building’s glow as its own vibrant piece of art. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Edwin H.
    Edwin HennekenSeptember 22, 2015
    My favorite museum in Boston. In addition to great art, wonderful knowledgeable staff, the museum also offers a awesome view on the Boston harbor!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMarch 6, 2014
    Don't miss the ICA's "First Friday" events after-hours on the first Friday of each month. For $15, walk the galleries, take in Harbor views and indulge with cocktails, dancing and tapas. Read more
    Otel.comSeptember 13, 2011
    The architecture of this place is as interesting as the wide array of works and activities inside. After seeing exhibits have coffee and pastries at the Water Café by Wolfgang Puck.
  • BU Today
    BU TodaySeptember 27, 2013
    The museum offers a showcase of contemporary art & media. Admission is free Thursday nights plus on the first Friday of the month, the ICA features guest DJs, gallery talks, and live performances. Read more
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LachsAugust 8, 2012
    Thursday night free admission is worth taking advantage of. Beautiful views and location.
    Upvoted Feb 9
  • Nicholas
    NicholasOctober 29, 2014
    I haven't yet been (as of Oct 29, 2014), but I'm sure it's good. This museum has a fantastic wooden patio/amplitheater on the backend looking outwards towards Boston Harbor.
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 9, 2012
    Take the elevator to the light-soaked galleries on the top floor. You may not like everything up there, but it will certainly get you talking. Don't leave without a visit to the gift shop. Read more
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistApril 29, 2011
    Check out the violin turntable in “The Record” – a contemporary vinyl art exhibit open till September, featuring over 100 works from 40 international artists. No fedora or Ray-Bans required for entry. Read more
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 26, 2013
    The work of notable San Francisco graffitist Barry McGee (tag name "Twist") will be on display through September 2. Check it out Thursday nights after 5 pm and admission is free! Read more
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony VDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The ICA proved that Boston could be a home to both contemporary art and contemporary architecture. It was the first major building for Diller, Scofidio + Renfro of NYC.
  • Nick M.
    Nick MarmorApril 27, 2010
    It is a great place to check out contemporary art in Boston. They always have great exhibits and cool events going on. Great place to check out great views of the Harbor, especially from the cafe Read more
  • Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
    A great place to take your Little Sister. Admission: free for under 18s, students $10, seniors $13, & $15 for everyone else. Don't miss the views in the Mediatheque room or the Founder's Gallery.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BergusAugust 21, 2016
    Lovely views of the harbor. Smaller on the inside than it looks, with uneven shows. (My favorite game: art or "art"?)
  • Rue La La
    Rue La LaSeptember 5, 2012
    Take advantage of some of the city's best contemporary art with ever-changing exhibits and a stunning view of the water.
  • Jodz C.
    Jodz CasabananaOctober 6, 2010
    The building and view are as much art as any exhibit you might catch. Take a tour with the lovely docent Rebecca and think outside the box a little. Love this museum!!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenNovember 24, 2012
    Don't miss the gorgeous views of Boston Harbor on the north side of the 4th floor!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenNovember 24, 2012
    The Os Gemeos exhibit is intriguing and beautiful! A permanent mural can be seen in Dewey Square…
  • Luke M.
    Luke MooreJuly 8, 2013
    If you're not going on Thurs night, be sure to take your student ID since you get a discount. Great views from the cafe area, but the food is overpriced for its quality.
  • Thas S.
    Thas SethJune 25, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    New contemporary and interpretive installations. If you want modern and provacative art, come to the ICA.
  • Lindsey N.
    Lindsey NakhoulJuly 26, 2013
    Love this place especially when you come at 5pm on Thursdays and you can get in to the 4th floor gallery for free.
  • Jeanie N.
    Jeanie NguyenJuly 28, 2015
    Def go Thursday night for free entry. Amazing outdoor deck overlooking Boston harbor
  • Stevie P.
    Stevie P.September 12, 2014
    I really wanted to love this place but it was pretty dull. I went for free on Thursday and glad I didn't spend the money. The shop was more interesting.
  • Corinne K.
    Corinne KangJune 9, 2013
    Excellent views of the harbour. Great place for reflection.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HallbergJanuary 9, 2015
    This was a small, but intriguing museum for contemporary art. Definitely a place to check out.
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DixonFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The real gem here is in the performances and films the ICA hosts. Check out the world class dance schedule.
  • Barb S.
    Barb SegMarMarch 23, 2013
    Be sure to speak to the gallery assistants. They are a wealth of information and very cool people!
  • Lumina G.
    Lumina GershfieldJuly 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The last Saturday of every month is a PlayDate, free admission for families with children under 12 and free artmaking activities in the ArtLab.
  • James R.
    James RemeikaFebruary 17, 2016
    The permanent collection never disappoints, and the views are fantastic.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SmithNovember 26, 2015
    Wonderful summer concert series. Inventive exhibitions, but a bit small
  • Dominique L.
    Dominique LecomteMarch 8, 2015
    The best part is the view from the 4th floor, then the exhibitions, often challenging
  • Ting
    TingAugust 1, 2015
    Beautiful museum by Diller+ Scofidio based in NY. Definitely one of the top sights in Boston. Free entry every Thursday from 5pm onwards. Thurs tour starts at 6pm. Great to see a thriving arts venue.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney MurrayMarch 8, 2012
    Free admission to most of the museum on Thursday nights.
  • FutureM
    FutureMAugust 8, 2011
    When the ICA’s new building was built in 2001, it became the first new art museum to be built in nearly a century.
  • Sabrina W.
    Sabrina WangMarch 27, 2016
    Small exhibition space but interesting architecture with a view to the river.
  • Jon W.
    Jon WedamanDecember 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Its okay to take pictures! Just watch out for the "no photography" symbol. Then you can't take pictures.
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetJuly 29, 2010
    The ICA has free admission every Thursday night from 5 to 9pm.
  • Bryanna V.
    Bryanna VidalJune 28, 2016
    The ocean veiw, the collection everything is wonderful
  • J.M. W.
    J.M. WaskoMarch 10, 2015
    Watch out for early closures for First Fridays so you don't get kicked out before you finish an exhibition.
  • Monica P.
    Monica PaezJanuary 13, 2017
    Great exhibits, beautiful space and view.
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