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Institute of Contemporary Art Boston - One of the Oldest Art Museums in the Country

Experience dynamic contemporary exhibitions in a breathtaking waterfront setting when you visit the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. Housed in a dramatic building on the Boston waterfront, the ICA is one of the country's oldest art museums and an important window into the contemporary culture. Spend the day exploring a diversity of national and international artworks in a range of media, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and drawings, and discover unique pieces that transcend your perceptions of art.  Visiting the ICA is a great rainy day in Boston activity.  With free admission on Thursday nights, the ICA is a dynamic center for learning and discovery in the center of Boston.
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston

25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, Massachusetts
Distance from hotel: 0.4 miles

Plan Your Visit


  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday & Friday: 10 am- 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am- 5 pm
  • First Friday of each month, the ICA closes at 5 pm.


  • Youth 18 and under: Free
  • ICA members, university members and corporate members: Free
  • General: $20
  • Seniors (60+): $17
  • Students: $15


  • IAC Free Thursday Nights
  • ArtWeek
  • Public Tours
  • Holiday Themed Events for children, teens and adults


  • Rotating Exhibitions
  • Music and Dance Performances
  • Sightseeing
  • Public and Group Tours
  • Art Exhibits
  • Kids and Family Programs
  • Is there parking at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston?
    While the Institute of Contemporary Art does not have a parking garage or lot, there is paid parking in the neighborhood, including at the Seaport Garage. The ICA recommends that visitors take public transportation. Guests of the Seaport Hotel can easily walk here.
  • When is the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston free?
    Admission to the ICA Boston is free every Thursday night from 5PM to 9 PM during ICA Free Thursday Nights. In addition, when accompanied by kids 12 and under, up to 2 adults per family are admitted free the last Saturday of every month (except November & December).
  • What food & beverage is available at the Institute of Contemporary Art?
    The ICA Wine and Coffee Bar serves light bites and natural wines by The Catered Affair; open Thursday & Friday, 11 am - 8:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am - 4:30 pm.