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The Institute of Contemporary Art

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This museum features cutting-edge contemporary painting, sculpture, architecture, film and photography.
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100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210-1802
Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
+1 617-478-3100
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When I went to the ICA I thought it was going to be good. instead i got ripped off. The admission was expensive and bad. There were 5 floors but only one was actually used. On that floor there was only 10 pieces and they...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank ExtremeEx1226
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ICA offers interesting and edgy exhibitions. It’s permanent collection is a mixed bag, and most of it is not on display because of the curious design choices which resulted in the Art only being displayed on a single floor of the building.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MarkP115
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not my favorite museum, but they have some really cool interactives right now with Choreographic Objects. Great opportunity to touch and be a part of art!

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank carawasthere
Reviewed 25 November 2018

Gave us insight into new and different ideas in the art world. Our Families favorite was an area where a producer was looking for ideas from visitors for costumes . The idea was for participants to think of anything that comes to mind and make...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Stanley S
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Having slagged off an appalling exhibition at the Guggenheim in NYC on TA a couple of days ago, I found myself in Boston visiting the IcA. And what a total treat that turned out to be. I was surprised, I smiled and I laughed, which...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David S
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

The gallery is not large however in summer the ticket includes a water taxi ride to the watershed gallery! We had a great time especially being out on the river. The watershed was a wonderful space filled with colour and movement. Tickets were $8 each...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

I went with my family on a Sunday. We first took the water taxi to the watershed. Great view of Boston from the east side is the waterway. The exhibition on the other side small exhibition of Diana Thater. Then on the main Building on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Chuchorincon
Reviewed 23 September 2018

There were multiple exhibitions going on when we visited. The museum is located in a beautiful building located on the bay. Really great visit for the whole family.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stuart S
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Stopped by during recent visit beautiful location. Small amount of exhibits were open. best part of visit was boat ride to the watershed..... nice area , pack a lunch and stay in the park for a bit the boat runs every half hour

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lightweight136
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Visited during an event which included a live band, performance art, a bar (pay, not free) and of course, art! It was incredibly well attended and the crowd were all nice folks. Great gift shop, too. Interesting elevator in a glass enclosure.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ann N
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Mary Ann B
20 February 2018|
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Response from grommit | Reviewed this property |
As Mark P answered: it is a nice walk of less than a mile. Take the Harbor Walk and enjoy the view.
pam m
11 July 2016|
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Response from Joyce S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry,we took the train.There is lots of construction in the area. Safety is relative. As always be aware of your surrounding. Lots of locals, students, conventions and tourists.