International Center of Photography Museum

International Center of Photography Museum, New York City: Hours, Address, International Center of Photography Museum Reviews: 4/5

International Center of Photography Museum

International Center of Photography Museum
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Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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About
ICP’s integrated center at 79 Essex Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan spans a full city block between Ludlow Street and Essex Street. The closest subway stops are Essex-Delancey (J/Z/F/M) and Grand (B/D), both of which are just steps away. The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world's leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Through our exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students, and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image.
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Neighborhood: Nolita
Despite being just off of busy Houston Street, Nolita maintains a low-key vibe that makes it a pleasant retreat in the heart of lower Manhattan. Short for “North of Little Italy,” Nolita was once considered to be part of Little Italy. Today, the neighborhood is popular with young fashionistas popping in and out of the chic independent boutiques that line Mulberry, Mott and Elizabeth Streets. In addition to shopping, there are cozy restaurants and sidewalk cafes serving everything from new-school Italian food to the world-famous cronuts. While small in size (Nolita stretches just a few blocks in each direction), it’s a great neighborhood to spend an afternoon people watching, window-shopping, and grabbing a bite to eat.
How to get there
  • 2nd Ave • 3 min walk
  • Broadway – Lafayette St • 4 min walk
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203 reviews
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nycmom22
New York City, NY2,654 contributions
Couples
It opened 1/25 and we did not want to compete with crowds so waited til 1/26. The building is beautiful, light-filled and perfect for both display and events. Galleries on floors 2 and 3 display several exhibitions. Varied and excellent. I loved the Lower East Side street scenes on 3. Tyler Mitchell’s work on 2 was my other favorite. This museum is right across Essex St from both Essex Market and the Market Line beneath it, each of which is a great stop for lunch. So much to see and to do on the Lower East Side.
Written January 26, 2020
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maria w
Bergen, Norway69 contributions
Family
We spent some time trying to find this museum, only to discover that it is closed, due to moving locations and will not reopen until the fall, at the earliest. So no need to go and try to see this now!
Written May 7, 2015
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QuinnTheInuit
United States140 contributions
Solo
ICP used to be in Midtown, near Bryant Park, but it's now CLOSED and in the process of moving. Originally it was supposed to reopen in June 2015, then fall 2015 — however the latest news is that it will reopen in early 2016 in the Bowery. I've visited ICP at its old location for many exhibitions, including Salgado's Genesis, and I'm sure that the new building will offer many excellent exhibitions as well. Hopefully the new building will mean more space and a less crowded museum floor.
Written August 13, 2015
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Neil B
2 contributions
Hate to say it, since I had previously seen exhibits at the uptown space in the past, but this was really quite uninspiring.
The depth of photography shown is limited, space vastly underutilized, and it was a real disappointment.
Thought we might have to cut the visit short to stay for only an hour before we got there, entire walk-through required just 15 minutes.
Highlight of the museum visit was the walk through the Essex Market across the street before we went in.
Written August 8, 2021
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Dennis M
Cleveland, OH9 contributions
Another reviewer said that this was a collection of about 80 pictures and they were right. So much potential in this space and just an absolute waste of time to visit. There are thousands of talented visual artist working in this medium and with so much to choose from I can't understand why the two exhibits they offered were so incredibly bland.

I expected to stay a couple of hours and I was out in 25 minutes. 10 of those minutes were spent wandering around and thinking I missed an exhibit wing. I did not. Much like the guy wrote above, the best thing was the visit to the Essex Market across the street.
Written November 22, 2021
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whitby1972
Essex, UK64 contributions
Couples
A small collection of photographs but well curated and worth visiting.

The place is let down by the absolute apathy of the people that work there. Heaven forbid they take their eyes off their phones when you're buying tickets. Very few things in the gift shop were price "Yes, we don't have a system for that." I was told. A system? Do you mean labels? LIke everywhere else in the city?

I'd been before when they were based elsewhere and it used to be good. The staff have put me off visiting again.
Written March 17, 2019
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livingwasatch
Salt Lake City, UT239 contributions
Couples
I was so excited to have this on a day’s itinerary in New York. First, it’s not a museum at all. I was thinking it would have some really cool stuff, but it was just a book shop w/coffee and the exhibit. We saw their Eugene Richards art and it was good, but quite depressing, which went well with my mood. The layout seemed awkward. I suppose that if they were featuring an artist you were interested you could check it out, but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend. I hope this review clarifies your expectations.
Written February 21, 2019
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Iambic
Portland, OR436 contributions
Couples
The current exhibit at the Center--the work of Sebastiao Salgado--is nothing short of amazing. Likely the finest photography we've ever seen. Beautiful, evocative, interesting. Every time we stepped to a new image, there was another "wow."

The quality of the art made the curation of the exhibit all the more disappointing. One learns next to nothing about the photographer or the photographs. The photographs are labeled by location and date. There's a free iPhone audio tour, but the tour, which is a bit hard to hear, adds little more than more information about the location of a photograph.

From an exhibit, we like to learn an artist's aesthetic, social situation, techniques. How did he do that and why? Unfortunately, the exhibit offers none of that information.
Written November 30, 2014
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CliveNoble
Haifa169 contributions
Couples
We went in to get out of the rain and what a great exhibition of very assorted pieces of photographic work.. highly recommended
Written May 24, 2019
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Andréa Joyce B
Rio de Janeiro, RJ57 contributions
Solo
I went there on a pay-what-you-wish Thursday night. There weren't people, which was good. I wish I got there earlier. The center may appear to be small but I didn't get to savor all the pieces when they closed it.

The visit was kind of overwhelming for me, but in a good way. I cried. I smiled. I wrote down many names of photographers and several people, places and events captured in the photos that I wanted to further research on.

These photos ignited various emotions that were so strong. I could not use full sentences to describe the feelings- Timeless. We are all the same. No languages needed.
Written August 15, 2017
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