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Institute of Contemporary Art

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Seaport District, Boston
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  • 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."(28 Tips)
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  • Katerina K.
    Katerina KouriatiOctober 7, 2016
    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.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 28, 2016
    $15 adults, views inside and outside, top class exhibits, helpful and knowledgeable staff and free mobile guides
  • 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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Otel.com
    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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nicholas H.
    Nicholas H.October 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
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LachsAugust 8, 2012
    Thursday night free admission is worth taking advantage of. Beautiful views and location.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Jeanie N.
    Jeanie NguyenJuly 28, 2015
    Def go Thursday night for free entry. Amazing outdoor deck overlooking Boston harbor
  • Corinne K.
    Corinne KangJune 9, 2013
    Excellent views of the harbour. Great place for reflection.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HallbergJanuary 9, 2015
    This was a small, but intriguing museum for contemporary art. Definitely a place to check out.
  • Barb S.
    Barb SegMarMarch 23, 2013
    Be sure to speak to the gallery assistants. They are a wealth of information and very cool people!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney MurrayMarch 8, 2012
    Free admission to most of the museum on Thursday nights.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Jon W.
    Jon WedamanDecember 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Its okay to take pictures! Just watch out for the "no photography" symbol. Then you can't take pictures.
  • 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.
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetJuly 29, 2010
    The ICA has free admission every Thursday night from 5 to 9pm.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Sabrina W.
    Sabrina WangMarch 27, 2016
    Small exhibition space but interesting architecture with a view to the river.
  • 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
    Great exhibits, beautiful space and view.
  • Okan U.
    Okan UstaoğluAugust 10, 2013
    Art, view, and music are together... Such a nice place
  • freda L.
    freda LengJanuary 7, 2016
    Interesting. Good scenery spots for photos. Captured some memorable moments from this place. Thank you for that!
  • Camila M.
    Camila McHughJune 18, 2015
    The Arlene Shechet exhibit is amazing
  • Christine N.
    Christine NgoNovember 23, 2010
    sit in the room w/all the apple computers and enjoy the sunset overlooking the boston pier, or whatever it's called
  • Bryanna V.
    Bryanna VidalJune 28, 2016
    The ocean veiw, the collection everything is wonderful
  • Tom E.
    Tom EvansMarch 11, 2014
    AMAZING! Nick Cave & William Kentridge shows are outstanding.
  • Julia B.
    Julia B.August 26, 2010
    Free Berklee concerts outside by the water on free Thursday nights during the summer: berklee.edu/events/summer
  • Nakki
    NakkiJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A great place to come and laugh at what passes for contemporary art.
  • Ë-Râe Š.
    Ë-Râe ŠheeñJune 2, 2013
    Much smaller than I expected. It was waste of money and time--one of the art piece was made with human hair.
  • Beverly C.
    Beverly CadoretteJuly 24, 2015
    Some good shows. Also great starting point for a walk.
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HAugust 8, 2013
    $10 with card, with free admis­sion every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithDecember 25, 2014
    The elevator ride is worth the price of admission.
  • Vanessa D.
    Vanessa DiMauroJuly 16, 2010
    the friday evening concerts are fantastic (tho plan ahead for traffic getting there)
  • red bird vintage
    red bird vintageNovember 29, 2010
    Plan to spend a half hour in the museum shop looking at the amazing book collection!
  • Sarina S.
    Sarina S.February 19, 2012
    You are allowed to take candy from the exhibit on the 4th floor
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin StandeferSeptember 6, 2014
    Lucy's sister says "make sure to watch the Ragner Khartanson video"
  • Simmons College
    Simmons CollegeNovember 29, 2011
    Tickets are only $15 with student ID instead of the standard $25.
  • BU Student Activities
    BU Student ActivitiesFebruary 7, 2012
    Hey BU! Student prices are only $10! Admission is free from 5pm-9pm on Thursdays!
  • David I.
    David ImhoffAugust 15, 2014
    I think you guys need more signage out on the streets that actually say "institute of contemporary Art" rather than ICA
  • Max Z.
    Max ZaleskiNovember 17, 2016
    Be sure to check out the exterior
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8, 2016
    The building is just as impressive as the contents.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BMarch 29, 2013
    Barely worth going for free. Glad I didn't waste any money on it.
  • Carly G.
    Carly GraceMarch 18, 2014
    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.
  • Borkur J.
    Borkur JonssonMarch 2, 2013
    Ragnar Kjartanssonar videos árefti brilljantari. Humorous and original.
  • Olga K.
    Olga K.January 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Every Thursday 5-9 pm free admission
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Veronica C.
    Veronica C.December 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the stairs up. Faster than the elevator.
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony VDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Just sit and look out the window at the Mediateque. Don't even worry about the computers.
  • John Q.
    John QuatraleJuly 14, 2011
    Outdoor concert tonight on the outdoor cafe overlooking the harbor.
  • Boston University
    Boston UniversityDecember 3, 2012
    Your Terrier Card will save you $5 off the regular admission price of $15.
  • A I.
    A IbsSeptember 3, 2016
    Contemporary art, music events, artist talks
  • Kim D.
    Kim D.September 13, 2015
    Amazing event for a wedding!
  • @MalcolmJGray
    @MalcolmJGrayAugust 31, 2012
    Free Admission on Thursday nights from 5PM-9PM
  • Antonelli F.
    Great views on the forth floor
  • Siân L.
    Siân LandauApril 7, 2011
    Sit and look at the amazing view up on the 4th Floor
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonApril 26, 2013
    Never get tired of that spectacular view out the window.
  • Carol
    CarolMarch 12, 2016
    Tour with Connie Chen!!!
  • Voravut R.
    Voravut RatanakommonAugust 26, 2009
    Go enjoy all the modern works that will expand the mind & soul, plus the building is very cool.
  • SchoolandUniversity.com
    SchoolandUniversity.comOctober 23, 2013
    nice place.. not seen from so long. Read more
  • paul a.
    paul abbottMarch 18, 2014
    Explore the Art while viewing the Harbor
  • Stephanie N.
    Stephanie N.August 16, 2012
    Free Thursday evenings and Os Gemeos work!
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Free on Thursdays.
  • David M.
    David MillatinerJuly 2, 2016
    Highly recommended!
  • Noni B.
    Noni BertelsenJune 15, 2013
    Barry McGee Mission District exhibit currently
  • Miro S.
    Miro ScarpettaFebruary 17, 2012
    Water cafe is the Best
  • Brian
    BrianApril 18, 2010
    Checking out the ICA has been on my To-Do list since moving here last August.
  • Sonya S.
    Sonya S.August 4, 2010
    Take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the view of the harbor.
  • Sean G.
    Sean GustiloJuly 14, 2012
    Amazing elevator
  • Ben D.
    Ben DAugust 13, 2009
    grab a beer from the Wolfgang Puck cafe then head outside to the 'bleachers' to enjoy the view
  • Steve L.
    Steve L.March 17, 2010
    I was here for the Shepard Fairey exhibit: "Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand." Read more
  • Owen M.
    Owen MacindoeMarch 25, 2009
    Go for free on Thursday. Chill with impoverished hipsters. Check out Shepard Fairey's iconic work. Tool around with the cool multimedia stuff.
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GauvainMay 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go see Bill in the cafe!
  • David M.
    David MillatinerJuly 2, 2016
    Architecture
  • Daniel E.
    Daniel EizoJune 17, 2016
    Lugar legal mto interessante para se visitar para quem é arquiteto ou gosta de arte
  • José Luis I.
    José Luis IslasJuly 23, 2015
    Terrible service during ruth hour!!!
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