The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

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  • 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 cert...  more »
  • 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 (dire...  more »
  • 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 o...  more »
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  • Great museum (even better than I had expected) with free admission on Thursdays! I saw a great Mark Dion exhibit. Friendly staff. Nice gift shop with a selection of interesting trinkets. Since there were some galleries under construction, I was offered 10% off an item in the gift shop. Not too crowded when I visited (Thursday evening).
  • This is a somewhat smaller museum, but the layout of this place is top notch. Besides enjoying the exhibits there are places where you can take a break to relax and enjoy views of Boston Harbor. They don’t have a bag or cost check here so be prepared to take what you have with you. If you have a bag they will require you carry it to your side.
  • Good museum with an interesting collection of pieces. Sadly it was completely overrun with children. I understand family outings etc. but, without trying to be a grumpy old grouch, I really wish people wouldn’t bring children who are too young to get any value from the exhibits to contemporary art museums. Young children running about screaming really does ruin the experience for people who want to actually enjoy and immerse themselves in the art.
  • I love the building, great volumes, clean lines. Awesome museum shop with designer stuff. Big esplanade for outdoor concerts and a bay off the library floor looking into the harbor. I last yesars, there has even been red bull diving competitions from the roof into the harbor. Go on Thursday night's, it's free for all and closes late
  • Honestly, even if you're not a fan of contemporary art, it's worth coming here on a Thursday evening (free) to look at their incredible view of the harbor, and it's very likely you'll end up liking SOMETHING in the museum. (I was skeptical, but I loved Mark Dion's work when I was there). (Sorry, contemporary art fans/museum staff, but I figure someone will find this information useful.)

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