Institute of Contemporary Art

Art Museum
100 Northern Ave (at Seaport Blvd.), Boston, MA 02210, United States
Hours:
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
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
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    Nancy H.
    $10 with card, with free admis­sion every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m(9 Tips)
    BU Today
    notable San Francisco graffitist Barry McGee(3 Tips)
    Julia B.
    free Thursday nights during the summer(3 Tips)
    Sonya S.
    Take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the view of the harbor.(20 Tips)
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  • 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
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  • Dominique L.

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

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  • Jake S.

    The elevator ride is worth the price of admission.

    Jake Smith · December 25, 2014
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  • Veronica C.

    Take the stairs up. Faster than the elevator.

    Veronica C. · December 6, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Daniel T.

    Free on Thursdays.

    Daniel Tewfik · September 22, 2014
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Benjamin S.

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

    Benjamin Standefer · September 6, 2014
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Greg N.

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

    Greg N · July 30, 2014
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  • paul a.

    Explore the Art while viewing the Harbor

    paul abbott · March 18, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Tom E.

    AMAZING! Nick Cave & William Kentridge shows are outstanding.

    Tom Evans · March 11, 2014
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • SchoolandUniversity.com

    nice place.. not seen from so long. Read more

    SchoolandUniversity.com · October 23, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • Okan U.

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

    Okan Ustaoğlu · August 10, 2013
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  • Nancy H.

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

    Nancy H · August 8, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Noni B.

    Barry McGee Mission District exhibit currently

    Noni Bertelsen · June 15, 2013
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  • Corinne K.

    Excellent views of the harbour. Great place for reflection.

    Corinne Kang · June 9, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Sam Y.

    Never get tired of that spectacular view out the window.

    Sam Yoon · April 26, 2013
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  • DigBoston

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

    DigBoston · April 5, 2013
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  • Amy B.

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

    Amy B · March 29, 2013
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  • 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

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  • 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
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  • Borkur J.

    Ragnar Kjartanssonar videos árefti brilljantari. Humorous and original.

    Borkur Jonsson · March 2, 2013
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  • Olga K.

    Every Thursday 5-9 pm free admission

    Olga K. · January 18, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Boston University

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

    Boston University · December 3, 2012
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  • Eric A.

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

    Eric Andersen · November 24, 2012
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  • Eric A.

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

    Eric Andersen · November 24, 2012
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  • 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
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  • @MUSICisforLIFE

    Free Admission on Thursday nights from 5PM-9PM

    @MUSICisforLIFE · August 31, 2012
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  • Stephanie N.

    Free Thursday evenings and Os Gemeos work!

    Stephanie N. · August 16, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • Lauren L.

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

    Lauren Lachs · August 8, 2012
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  • Sean G.

    Amazing elevator

    Sean Gustilo · July 14, 2012
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  • Courtney M.

    Free admission to most of the museum on Thursday nights.

    Courtney Murray · March 8, 2012
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  • Sarina S.

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

    Sarina S. · February 19, 2012
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  • Rachel D.

    The real gem here is in the performances and films the ICA hosts. Check out the world class dance schedule.

    Rachel Dixon · February 19, 2012
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