The Institute of Contemporary Art

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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
About
This museum features cutting-edge contemporary painting, sculpture, architecture, film and photography.
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The area
Address
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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Northern_Traveler00
Boston, MA47,537 contributions
Not much there at this time
May 2021
Due to Covid there aren't many exhibits. Just the big 4th floor and not all of it is open. Good exhibits for what they have, but maybe 1/2 of the usual amount. Hard to spend more than an hour there

Big elevator is out of service so you have to go in the small one instead, which is claustrophobic in these times. Timed entry tickets does limit crowds.

Shop is open, cafe is not
Written May 3, 2021
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Robertmetravels
Boston, MA14 contributions
A couples visit to “wonderland “
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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pondflower
Dover, MA20 contributions
The Institute of Contemporary art
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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Travel02886
Warwick, RI80 contributions
Interesting - But, need to set expectations
Mar 2020
The museum seems huge, but it has only one floor of exhibits. I'm not a huge fan of contemporary art, but there were some interesting pieces. We spent about 1/2 hour going through the exhibits before our time for LOVE IS CALLING came up.

The Yayoi Kusama exhibit is cool, but I expected more. There are a few of her pieces on exhibit, then you go into the polka dot room for literally two minutes (it is timed) while she reads a poem in Japanese. Then, you are ushered out. That's it.

I enjoyed her exhibit. I just thought there would be a lot more to it. I should have done more research and set my expectations correctly.

There are some gorgeous views of the harbor from the indoor and outdoor seating areas. And, a little cafe for lunch and a glass of wine during your visit. The gift shop has a lot of really neat things. Definitely make time for that!
Written March 4, 2020
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Kristen P
Brookfield, CT80 contributions
Disappointed
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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Michelle M
Waterford, CT367 contributions
Waste of money
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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Northern_Traveler00
Boston, MA47,537 contributions
Lots of cool art
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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Robin H
1 contribution
overrated
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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Callisto S
Natick, MA576 contributions
Fabulous exhibitions
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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Wendy W
Laconia, NH8 contributions
Two minutes is not enough to appreciate the exhibit "love is calling". I barely saw it before being ushered out.
Dec 2019
We came to see the "love is calling exhibit" and had reserved our timeslot of 1130-1200 ahead. We were amazed and stunned that this ticket allowed to see the exhibit for two minutes only. There is no way to absorb and appreciate any piece of art in that amount of time and this was a multifaceted installation. I think people should be informed when purchasing their tickets they are admitted for only 2 minutes. It was a great exhibit and we also really appreciated the immmigrations stories and Helga Ponsanskis paintings. And the library exhibition was great too.
Written December 19, 2019
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