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The Institute of Contemporary Art

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Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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Address: 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
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This museum features cutting-edge contemporary painting, sculpture,...

This museum features cutting-edge contemporary painting, sculpture, architecture, film and photography.

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Great architecture, small museum

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Sarah A
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Brasilia, DF
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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 floor and is small. I'm not a fan of this type of art, so I... More 

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Navojoa, Mexico
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

If you are not in to modern art, don't ever try visiting this place, the only good thing i could say, it has a great view to the see

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Medfield, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The exhibit area is limited to a single floor and a bit of a mixed bag. My 25-year old son and I visited recently and loved some of the pieces, but we were underwhelmed by the size and scope of the collection. The staff in the galleries were very friendly and eager to engage in conversation about the art. Parking... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This museum is a real destination. Difficult to get to by public transportation. If you drive, plan to pay $30 for parking. Once there, the building is beautiful. Admission is $15. When we visited, only one gallery was open due to installation. A great alternative is to visit the Museum of Fine Arts or the galleries in SOWA.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The ICA was once a striking building in the wide open Seaport area. It is now almost completely hidden from view by new buildings. The only truly impressive view of the ICA is now from the water. The exhibit space is oddly small-most of the building is devoted to other purposes. As for the art, like much contemporary art, it... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I am a fan of modern and contemporary art and have immensely enjoyed the experience of visiting gems like the Pompidou, Tate, and Guggenheim. Went to the ICA expecting a world class experience in a city with deep Art and curating expertise. The visit was profoundly disappointing. The exhibits were neither visually captivating nor intellectually thought provoking. The overall collection... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I've been to ICA several times, from well out of state. The exhibits are engaging and often rather demanding. This is not a place that one cruises through. The work rarely feels lazy, self-indulgent or histrionic. It does not invite only the first reaction one may have, but the less accessible reactions and issues that one brings to works of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I'm an absolute fan of modern art and found this museum kind of disappointing... Just a few galleries - a bit expensive for what you pay to get in... some quite good and surprising pieces of art

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We managed to pick up free tour by very knowledgeable guide who challenged us to interpret some of the more obscure works.make sure to go through to the huge glass room overlooking the river and bay. Well worth the visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the visit as well as offering an experience of modern art in all its variety a great little art shop to browse ... the shop offers affordable art and niknacks. .. it's on the Boston Harbor walk a real must for any visitor to Boston

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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 deck overlooking the water. In the summer time there are Friday music concerts on the deck of the museum. Nearby, there are many green spaces to enjoy.
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