Institute of Contemporary Art

Art Museum
100 Northern Ave (at Seaport Blvd.), Boston, MA 02210, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Tue–Wed, Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thu–Fri
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
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    Nancy H.
    "$10 with card, with free admis­sion every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m"(8 Tips)
    Stephanie N.
    "Free Thursday evenings and Os Gemeos work!"(5 Tips)
    BU Today
    "notable San Francisco graffitist Barry McGee"(3 Tips)
    Siân L.
    "Sit and look at the amazing view up on the 4th Floor"(20 Tips)
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  • Jeanie N.

    Def go Thursday night for free entry. Amazing outdoor deck overlooking Boston harbor

    Jeanie Nguyen · 1 day ago
  • Beverly C.

    Some good shows. Also great starting point for a walk.

    Beverly Cadorette · 4 days ago
  • Jess B.

    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.

    Jess Bennett · 5 days ago
  • José Luis I.

    Terrible service during ruth hour!!!

    José Luis Islas · 5 days ago
  • José Luis I.

    El servicio de la@cafetería es pésimo. Una hora y no nos@pudieron dar de comer.

    José Luis Islas · 5 days ago
  • Camila M.

    The Arlene Shechet exhibit is amazing

    Camila McHugh · June 18
  • J.M. W.

    Watch out for early closures for First Fridays so you don't get kicked out before you finish an exhibition.

    J.M. Wasko · March 10
  • Dominique L.

    The best part is the view from the 4th floor, then the exhibitions, often challenging

  • Jake S.

    The elevator ride is worth the price of admission.

    Jake Smith · December 25, 2014
  • Veronica C.

    Take the stairs up. Faster than the elevator.

    Veronica C. · December 6, 2014
  • Nicholas H.

    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.

    Nicholas Harrison · October 29, 2014
  • Daniel T.

    Free on Thursdays.

    Daniel Tewfik · September 22, 2014
  • Nicole A.

    Architecturally lovely viewing spaces, a great collection, and friendly staff. I come here every time I'm in Boston.

    Nicole Aptekar · September 19, 2014
  • Stevie P.

    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.

    Stevie P. · September 12, 2014
  • Benjamin S.

    Lucy's sister says "make sure to watch the Ragner Khartanson video"

    Benjamin Standefer · September 6, 2014
  • David I.

    I think you guys need more signage out on the streets that actually say "institute of contemporary Art" rather than ICA

    David Imhoff · August 15, 2014
  • Michael S.

    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.

    Michael Sales · August 1, 2014
  • Greg N.

    Not very much to see here. Go on a free night rather than paying for admission

    Greg N · July 30, 2014
  • paul a.

    Explore the Art while viewing the Harbor

    paul abbott · March 18, 2014
  • Carly G.

    Not baby-friendly. I asked if they had a nursing room and they said no. They offered me a "bench" a tiny, metal framed canvas seat with no back. Not cool ICA.

    Carly Grace · March 18, 2014
  • Tom E.

    AMAZING! Nick Cave & William Kentridge shows are outstanding.

    Tom Evans · March 11, 2014
  • BU Today

    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

    BU Today · March 6, 2014
  • Jon W.

    Its okay to take pictures! Just watch out for the "no photography" symbol. Then you can't take pictures.

    Jon Wedaman · December 31, 2013

    nice place.. not seen from so long. Read more · October 23, 2013
  • Jarrett G.

    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.)

    Jarrett Goetz · October 2, 2013
  • BU Today

    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

    BU Today · September 27, 2013
  • Okan U.

    Art, view, and music are together... Such a nice place

    Okan Ustaoğlu · August 10, 2013
  • Nancy H.

    $10 with card, with free admis­sion every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m

    Nancy H · August 8, 2013
  • Lindsey N.

    Love this place especially when you come at 5pm on Thursdays and you can get in to the 4th floor gallery for free.

    Lindsey Nakhoul · July 26, 2013
  • Luke M.

    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.

    Luke Moore · July 8, 2013
  • Heidi S.

    All exhibits are on the 4th floor. Admission is a bit expensive for what's there, but it does feel good to support local artists.

    Heidi S · July 3, 2013
  • BU Today

    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

    BU Today · June 26, 2013
  • Noni B.

    Barry McGee Mission District exhibit currently

    Noni Bertelsen · June 15, 2013
  • Corinne K.

    Excellent views of the harbour. Great place for reflection.

    Corinne Kang · June 9, 2013
  • Ë-Râe Š.

    Much smaller than I expected. It was waste of money and time--one of the art piece was made with human hair.

    Ë-Râe Šheeñ · June 2, 2013
  • Sam Y.

    Never get tired of that spectacular view out the window.

    Sam Yoon · April 26, 2013
  • DigBoston

    Looking forward to the exhibition opening of street art by Barry McGee tomorrow! Read more

    DigBoston · April 5, 2013
  • Amy B.

    Barely worth going for free. Glad I didn't waste any money on it.

    Amy B · March 29, 2013
  • 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

  • Barb S.

    Be sure to speak to the gallery assistants. They are a wealth of information and very cool people!

    Barb SegMar · March 23, 2013
  • Borkur J.

    Ragnar Kjartanssonar videos árefti brilljantari. Humorous and original.

    Borkur Jonsson · March 2, 2013
  • Olga K.

    Every Thursday 5-9 pm free admission

    Olga K. · January 18, 2013
  • Anthony D Paul

    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.

    Anthony D Paul · January 1, 2013
  • Boston University

    Your Terrier Card will save you $5 off the regular admission price of $15.

    Boston University · December 3, 2012
  • Eric A.

    The Os Gemeos exhibit is intriguing and beautiful! A permanent mural can be seen in Dewey Square…

    Eric Andersen · November 24, 2012
  • Eric A.

    Don't miss the gorgeous views of Boston Harbor on the north side of the 4th floor!

    Eric Andersen · November 24, 2012
  • Rue La La

    Take advantage of some of the city's best contemporary art with ever-changing exhibits and a stunning view of the water.

    Rue La La · September 5, 2012
  • @MUSICisforLIFE

    Free Admission on Thursday nights from 5PM-9PM

    @MUSICisforLIFE · August 31, 2012
  • Stephanie N.

    Free Thursday evenings and Os Gemeos work!

    Stephanie N. · August 16, 2012
  • Shermans Travel

    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

    Shermans Travel · August 9, 2012

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