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Institute of Contemporary Art

Art Museum · Seaport District
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
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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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"(7 Tips)
    Jeanie N.
    "Amazing outdoor deck overlooking Boston harbor"(4 Tips)
    Sonya S.
    "Take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the view of the harbor."(24 Tips)
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  • Ting
    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.
    Ting · August 1, 2015
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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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  • 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
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  • 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 · July 24, 2015
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  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Otel.com
    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.
    Otel.com · September 13, 2011
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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 H. · October 29, 2014
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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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  • Jodz C.
    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!!
    Jodz Casabanana · October 6, 2010
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  • Lishay S.
    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.
    Lishay Shechter · September 27, 2015
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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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  • 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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  • Edwin H.
    My favorite museum in Boston. In addition to great art, wonderful knowledgeable staff, the museum also offers a awesome view on the Boston harbor!
    Edwin Henneken · September 22, 2015
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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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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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  • 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, 2015
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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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  • Jeanie N.
    Def go Thursday night for free entry. Amazing outdoor deck overlooking Boston harbor
    Jeanie Nguyen · July 28, 2015
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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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  • Shannon H.
    This was a small, but intriguing museum for contemporary art. Definitely a place to check out.
    Shannon Hallberg · January 9, 2015
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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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  • Peter S.
    Wonderful summer concert series. Inventive exhibitions, but a bit small
    Peter Smith · November 26, 2015
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  • Julia B.
    Free Berklee concerts outside by the water on free Thursday nights during the summer: berklee.edu/events/summer
    Julia B. · August 26, 2010
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  • Sabrina W.
    Small exhibition space but interesting architecture with a view to the river.
    Sabrina Wang · March 27
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  • Corinne K.
    Excellent views of the harbour. Great place for reflection.
    Corinne Kang · June 9, 2013
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  • James R.
    The permanent collection never disappoints, and the views are fantastic.
    James Remeika · February 17
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  • Dominique L.
    The best part is the view from the 4th floor, then the exhibitions, often challenging
    Dominique Lecomte · March 8, 2015
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  • 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
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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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  • Victor H.
    Great location. Lots of contemporary art. Don't touch!
    Victor Holladay · September 7, 2015
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