The Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art
3.5
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This museum features cutting-edge contemporary painting, sculpture, architecture, film and photography.
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Neighborhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
This area has been expanding and becoming more and more popular, for good reason. Not surprisingly, the seaport district of South Boston is located beautifully along the water. The area is designed for easy strolling along the HarborWalk, and there are bars and restaurants for all ages and budgets. The Institute of Contemporary Art is located in this area in a contemporary building with an absolutely stunning deck overlooking the water. In the summer time there are Friday music concerts on the deck of the museum. Nearby, there are many green spaces to enjoy.
How to get there
  • Courthouse • 4 min walk
  • World Trade Center • 6 min walk
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles497 reviews
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Kristen P
Brookfield, CT142 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This museum has one floor of galleries and not all were open. I thought the admission price was too high. The gift shop had lots of interesting items. There is a “common room” where you can buy snacks and drinks, with a large TV screen showing a fireplace fire. There is a floor with a movie theater showing a loop of movies where women produced/directed/created.
It was my first visit and considering the size of the building, I’d thought there would be much more to see.
Timed tickets are required for Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING and are sold out through February. This was disappointing.
Written February 17, 2020
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honestreviews4
Hamilton, Bermuda169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Enjoyed that this was one floor so was able to get around and see everything without feeling overwhelmed.

One exhibit that stood out was the final one that was a musical compilation depicting isolation during the pandemic. With individuals playing different instruments in their own home but it was assembled as if they were all playing together.

Worth stopping by to see this.

Note: You can easily buy tickets online before arriving but can also buy upon arrival also. There are lockers for your belongings and backpacks must be worn on either your front or over only one shoulder.
Written May 7, 2021
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Callisto S
Natick, MA575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Very exciting visit to the ICA! So enjoyed the Free Thursday evening and the opportunity to see the ticketed Kusama “Love is Calling” exhibition. Seeing that exhibit was the shortest two minutes of my life (after a 30-40 minute wait for entry) - truly amazing! The Migrations exhibit was also very moving and included some excellent work. Thank you!
Written January 4, 2020
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Michelle M
Waterford, CT403 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
They only had one exhibit open and they still charged ($30 for 2 people) us the same price as we would have normally paid if they were all open. We went through the open 5 rooms in less than 20 minutes and didn’t really care for anything there. Waste of money and we would never go back.
Written February 11, 2020
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Robin H
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I will admit that my view is subjective, but the contemporary art work does not excite me. nothing can beat the art work of classical painters, especially the french. some of them are indistinguishable from the art for of adolescents. to me, the location and the building were the only things that were redeeming about this venue
Written January 18, 2020
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Northern_Traveler00
California76,166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Hadn’t been to the ICA in a few years but with dinner reservations nearby it seemed like a good day to return. $15 for adult admission is a good rate, $5 each with a membership card from our public library was an even better rate.

4 floor building, ground floor is cafe, ticket desk, coat room and gift shop. Floors 2&3 are ?? Fourth floor is all of the galleries. Lots of exhibits in the space available. We didn’t have an advance timed ticket to the special exhibit so we missed that, but the rest was great, although a bit crowded.
Written January 26, 2020
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pondflower
Dover, MA19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I would concur with the review from Travel02886. She was very eloquent with her review. We went to see Love is Calling and were disappointed that there was so little to see of Yayoi Kusama's prodigious works. The fun part was all the young students and artists who man the galleries and loved being engaged in conversation. Everyone in the museum were so pleasant and helpful.
Written March 6, 2020
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Robertmetravels
Boston, MA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Located in the new “Seaport District” of South Boston. The ICA is one of the first institutions to locate in the Seaport area and it has fit into the neighborhood wonderfully. My wife and I have been going here for years and it is always a treat. Great art exhibits of all styles and an eye popping window wall View out to the harbor. Nice outside seating area to hang out or listen to music and watch the world go bye. Maybe the Cliff Divers will be back sometime soon.... off the roof into the harbor. Don’t miss it!! Rotating exhibitions and unique take on everyday happenings. Easy public transit to area on the Silver Line or easy walk from most downtown hotels and waterfront. Lots of restaurants in area.
Written May 14, 2020
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Kiddoc123
Needham, MA21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Went with my wife today to the ICA for the first time. Were told that there would be a discount, from $20 to $15 per perso,n as a new installation was being put in place and a part of the exhibition space was closed. For our $30 we viewed one room of art work and a solitary exhibition room. By contrast, I paid approximately the same amount of money last week for a Madrid three-museum pass (for one person) which included the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, all world class collections. Even discounted, the ICA has some nerve to charge what they do, for a museum with such a limited collection. My wife and I left feeling like we wanted to ask for a refund.
Written March 9, 2024
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Anne B
Rockville, MD23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This visit was a complete waste of time and money. There were only two installations to view and neither of them were of any real artistic value. We had to buy tickets in advance and then wait for a specific half-hour window to enter. It was an absolute waste.

Please install some real art.
Written June 29, 2021
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