Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Ave (at Seaport Blvd.), Boston, MA 02210, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM Tuesday (Show more)
  • Tue–Wed, Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thu–Fri
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
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  • BostonTweet

    The ICA has free admission every Thursday night from 5 to 9pm.

    BostonTweet · July 29, 2010
  • Thrillist

    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

    Thrillist · April 29, 2011
  • John W.

    Take advantage of Target's Free Thursdays (free admission 5-9 PM) Read more

    John Wiley · April 6, 2010

    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. · September 13, 2011
  • Owen M.

    Go for free on Thursday. Chill with impoverished hipsters. Check out Shepard Fairey's iconic work. Tool around with the cool multimedia stuff.

    Owen Macindoe · March 25, 2009
  • 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
  • Sam F.

    Check out the view of the harbor.

    Sam Feldman · December 31, 2010
  • Nick M.

    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

    Nick Marmor · April 27, 2010
  • Punketta D.

    ate my lunch, watching the water from the outdoor seating area

    Punketta Doilie · July 26, 2009
  • Eric A.

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

    Eric Andersen · November 24, 2012
  • Sonya S.

    Take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the view of the harbor.

    Sonya S. · August 4, 2010
  • red bird vintage

    Plan to spend a half hour in the museum shop looking at the amazing book collection!

    red bird vintage · November 29, 2010
  • Jake S.

    The elevator ride is worth the price of admission.

    Jake Smith · December 25, 2014
  • 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
  • FutureM

    When the ICA’s new building was built in 2001, it became the first new art museum to be built in nearly a century.

    FutureM · August 8, 2011
  • Lumina G.

    The last Saturday of every month is a PlayDate, free admission for families with children under 12 and free artmaking activities in the ArtLab.

    Lumina Gershfield · July 31, 2010
  • Lorenzo G.

    Check out Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself

    Lorenzo Geraci · September 21, 2009
  • Greg N.

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

    Greg N · July 30, 2014
  • Okan U.

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

    Okan Ustaoğlu · August 10, 2013
  • Noni B.

    Barry McGee Mission District exhibit currently

    Noni Bertelsen · June 15, 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
  • Eric A.

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

    Eric Andersen · November 24, 2012
  • National Car Rental

    Here's what will separate you from the tourists: if you’re in town on a Thursday, it's free admission from 5-9pm. Now that's priceless.

    National Car Rental · August 15, 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
  • Lauren L.

    Thursday night free admission is worth taking advantage of. Beautiful views and location.

    Lauren Lachs · August 8, 2012
  • Sarina S.

    You are allowed to take candy from the exhibit on the 4th floor

    Sarina S. · February 19, 2012
  • Anthony V.

    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.

    Anthony V · December 18, 2011
  • 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

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · November 8, 2011
  • The Feast

    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

    The Feast · June 9, 2011
  • Jennifer G.

    Go see Bill in the cafe!

    Jennifer Gauvain · May 2, 2011
  • Siân L.

    Sit and look at the amazing view up on the 4th Floor

    Siân Landau · April 7, 2011
  • Voravut R.

    Go enjoy all the modern works that will expand the mind & soul, plus the building is very cool.

    Voravut Ratanakommon · August 26, 2009
  • Elizabeth G.

    Went to Free Thursdays last night

    Elizabeth Goncalves · August 21, 2009
  • Ben D.

    grab a beer from the Wolfgang Puck cafe then head outside to the 'bleachers' to enjoy the view

    Ben D · August 13, 2009
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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