We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Institute of Contemporary Art

Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Book In Advance
All photos (144)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good27%
  • Average24%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
This museum features cutting-edge contemporary painting, sculpture, architecture, film and photography.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
As featured in 3 Days in Boston
100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210-1802
Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
+1 617-478-3100
Ways to Experience The Institute of Contemporary Art
from US$26.25
More Info
from US$57.75
More Info
from US$72.00
More Info
Go Boston Card
133 Reviews
from US$57.00
More Info
Reviews (406)
Filter reviews
360 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewspermanent collectionwolfgang puckinteresting buildingexhibits changeon displayseaport districtboston harborfree admissiongift shopwonderful exhibitssmall museumpublic transportationicaartistsinstallationwaterfrontcantilevered
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 360 reviews
Reviewed today via mobile

It’s amazing to see what they call art these days. I thought the $15 non-member price was a little steep for one gallery floor. Nothing else was open except the gift shop which had a lot of books and cool items. The ICA is conveniently...More

Thank Amy C
Reviewed yesterday

This review is specifically about the new "wing" of the ICA in East Boston, the ICA Watershed. It's fun, in and of itself, particularly on a lovely summer day. Don't go expecting to spend hours in the museum. You could walk from front to back...More

Thank SA100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the kids to the ICA in the spring on a free day. We live in Milton and often look for free things to do in the city just so we can take our 3 and 5 y/o on the train. The facility is...More

Thank Peters M
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

The ICA is a fun place to go, especially with the Seaport now booming with development. The building is very impressive architecturally, especially being right on the water. The actual exhibits themselves are OK, nothing to rave about, but a fun thing to do. We...More

1  Thank JerryD54
Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

You can get through the ICA pretty quickly. There’s at least one thing here that will peak your interest and several more you’ll find strange and/or humorous. Great harbor views!

1  Thank Cara C
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

So disappointed. Wish I could get my money back. The art was almost non existent. Just look at the building from the outside and that would would be enough.

2  Thank hjstuart
Reviewed 24 April 2018

This museum is somewhat different than what we've been experiencing. However, this did have some very interesting pieces to enlighten the mind to some new ideas. A most enjoyable experience is the view in the rear of the museum overlooking the Harbor. It is spectacular....More

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 26 February 2018

Yes, the view is pretty, and the building is super-cool and, yes, the gift shop sells inventive stuff. But this is not enough of a hook to handle a full museum. Everything in the ICA depends on the specific programming and exhibitions for the day....More

2  Thank 1Nicole
Reviewed 19 February 2018

The building itself is a work of art. Situated directly on the Boston waterfront, enhancing the image, it is now almost completely boxed in by the tremendous building boom on the waterfront. Exhibits change often, making it worthwhile to re-visit occasionally. The art is "different",...More

Thank grommit
Reviewed 9 January 2018

I love to visit art museum and/or when I travel, even when the local gallery changes exhibits I will visit. Each visit is unique, educational and will invoke emotional exploration, this Institute certainly fulfilled my experiences. The exhibits varied and the staff where extremely friendly...More

1  Thank Jean4OurDream
View more reviews
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
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Mary Ann B
20 February 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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.