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The Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210-1802
+1 617-478-3100
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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

I've been to a lot of art museums, and I think I've found one of the worst I've been to. Lackluster exhibits, very small, expensive for the content, and rude staff abound. The good thing is it's out of the way to get to, so...More

Thank gudetama
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I'd never visited the ICA before, but a recent First Friday event caught my attention and I thought I'd check it out. $18 gets you into a cool, casual evening of music, drinks, performances, and contemporary art. The 3rd floor was closed for exhibit installation...More

Thank Jennifer F
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We went to the museum on a whim while in Boston for a day trip. It ended up being free admission that day! Even if it wasn't free, we would have gladly paid. This place is AWESOME! The atmosphere was very inviting. There was staff...More

Thank Chris R
Reviewed 25 March 2017

It amazes me that such a beautiful building should have such consistently lack-luster exhibitions. It seems to make its money as a party venue on the water. As 45 might say, sad.

Thank Africanjade
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I'm not an art buff but so much here to get you thinking. Some "hits" and some "misses" but others might have a different reaction. Easy to find on the waterfront in an area that seems to be developing with hotels,bars and restaurants. An easy...More

Thank evanderhorrified
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This museum has great exhibitions and a lot of cool videos and movies. One could spend hours here. Has amaxing views from windows. Very fun.

Thank tucker 8
Reviewed 13 March 2017

First: there is nothing wrong with this museum. It has a nice collection of contemporary art, just like it says it does. I love the building: the architecture of the building is truly amazing and so is the interior design, including the bathrooms and the...More

1  Thank blueberrylover2015
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I visited the ICA with friends last weekend. Good place to spend a couple of hours viewing the exhibits on the fourth floor. Some work is better than others. I enjoyed Steve McQueen's video exhibit entitled "Ashes", which showed the craft of building grave site...More

1  Thank HMFoodie
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

It is a museum that's architecture is better than their collection. It has a nice snack bar operated by the Wolfgang Puck crew. but it can be slow. It is pricey and not near public transportation.

Thank HonestMcHonest
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Since is my forth visit to the city, I was looking for new things to do. The Institure of Contemporary Art has a beautiful architecture, amazing interior spaces and views, which make me recommend the visit here. The art collection is just on the last...More

1  Thank Sarah A
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
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pam m
what is the walk like, to the ICA, going across the bridges from the Old South Mtg House? Is there a pedestrian walkway on one of the nearby bridges, and is it a safe walk? A scenic one?
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.