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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 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

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

This was our second visit to the ICA, the first being when it first opened in 2006. One of the most appealing parts of a visit is the building itself, designed by Sofidio + Renfro. Both the site (directly on the water and in Boston's...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Arrived before opening, and wandered around the front to sit on the stairs by the Harbor. It is in a great spot to take in the harbor view, somewhat protected from the wind and rain. Once the museum opened, went in to check it out....More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

I am not a big fan of modern art, but am often dragged to this type of museum. This one is better than most, including the Tate in London. The location and view are also very impressive.

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Reviewed 26 December 2017

We went on Christmas Eve and it was very quiet. The staff were friendly. There were not a great deal of exhibits and no cafe. There was a corridor with a great view over the harbour. Although our visit was pleasant, we were a bit...More

1  Thank TheDoor_isopen
Reviewed 15 November 2017

I don’t always understand contemporary art and this is another try. I’m glad I did and I had so much fun! My favorites are Dana Schutz and Mark Dion. Took off one star because there’s a video in the new acquisition section that grossed me...More

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Went there with a group of students and wasn't impressed or excited. This place is definitely for arts people and not for everyone. The artist also has a major narcissistic side to her.

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this museum as much as I did because of some other reviews I'd read but my two millenials and I had a good time viewing the main gallery with a show of work by Mark Dion, including his amusing 'Library...More

Thank elaine w
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Some friends encouraged me to come here on Thursday evening, as soon as the free night starts (5PM), just to sit in front of their giant windows and watch the harbor as the sun goes down. They were right, as it was lovely, and while...More

Thank Betsy L
Reviewed 4 November 2017

I have been to this museum when it first opened but did not check out the museum gift shop until yesterday. It is a must stop after visiting the museum or if in the neighborhood just to go there only. It is one of the...More

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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.