Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Closed Mondays, except on the following national holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.
Closed on Patriot’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
The ICA is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Admission is FREE for all every Thursday from 4 to 9 PM during ICA Free Thursday Nights. Special hours: From Oct, 10, 2015 to Jan 24, 2016, Free Thursdays will start early at 4 PM in conjunction with Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957.
Free admission for up to two adults accompanied by children 12 and under during Play Dates, offered on the last Saturday of the month, except December.*
The first Friday of every month, the ICA is open to First Fridays ticket-holders only from 5 to 10 PM. Admission to First Fridays is free for members/$15 for nonmembers and includes gallery access. Please note that this event is 21+.
*Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, and Holly and David Bruce.
100 Northern Avenue HERE’S A GOOGLE MAP
Boston, MA 02210
Located on Boston Harbor in the city’s dynamic Seaport district, the ICA is within walking distance from downtown Boston and is easily accessible by public transportation, bike, water taxi, or car. Parking options have recently changed; see below for a range of options.
Please be aware that parking availability is limited, especially on weekdays. We encourage visitors to use public transportation whenever possible.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Take the MBTA Red Line to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line Waterfront. The ICA is a short walk from either the World Trade Center or the Courthouse station.
From World Trade Center Station
Exit left onto Congress Street. Walk one block to the corner of B Street and turn right, crossing Congress Street. Follow B Street for one block. At the corner of B Street and Seaport Boulevard cross the street and turn left. At the next corner, turn right onto Northern Avenue. The ICA is on the right. You will pass the entrance to Anthony’s Pier 4 and two parking lots before coming to the driveway leading to the ICA entrance.
From Courthouse Station
Exit the station onto Seaport Boulevard and follow it, walking away from downtown. Just before the first traffic light, you will see a gray building called District Hall. Turn left at District Hall and follow the sidewalk leading to Northern Avenue. Cross Northern Avenue where it intersects with One Marina Park Drive and follow the pedestrian path leading to the harbor. The ICA is located to your right.
From Logan International Airport + Route 1A South
Follow the signs toward I-90 West / Ted Williams Tunnel. Take the Ted Williams Tunnel to Exit 25, “South Boston.” At the top of the ramp, continue straight, crossing Congress Street, and take a left onto Northern Avenue at the next light. At the first light, take a right to stay on Northern Avenue. The ICA is immediately on your right.
From the West, via Massachusetts Turnpike
Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike / I-90 East to Exit 25, “South Boston.” Once you are in the Exit 25 tunnel, stay left and follow sign for “Seaport Boulevard.” At the top of the ramp, continue straight, crossing Congress Street and then Seaport Boulevard onto Northern Avenue.
From Points South, via I-93
Heading northbound on I-93 toward Boston, take Exit 20. Follow signs to I-90 East. Take the first tunnel exit to “South Boston.” At the top of the ramp, continue straight, crossing Congress Street and then Seaport Boulevard, onto Northern Avenue. The ICA is immediately on your right.
From Points North, via I-93
Heading southbound on I-93 toward Boston, take Exit 23 for Purchase Street. Stay in the left lane, taking the first left at the end of the ramp onto Seaport Boulevard, crossing Atlantic Avenue. At the next light, take a left onto Sleeper Street and then a right onto Northern Avenue. The ICA is about two-thirds of the way down the street on your left.
Boston Harbor Cruises Cultural Connector
Now through September 7, 2015, take a ride on the Cultural Connector, an easy (and sea-faring!) way to explore the ICA and other top Boston museums along the waterfront. For locations, schedules, and rates, click here.
Starting May 23, show your Cultural Connector ticket at the Holly and David Bruce Visitor Center for a $2.00 discount on ICA admission! Offer good for same-day admission only, cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts.
Rowes Wharf Water Transport
Visitors can take the Rowes Wharf Water Transport ferry from one of its numerous stops to the Seaport World Trade Center, just minutes from the ICA. Rowes Wharf Water Transport provides year-round passenger water transportation throughout Boston Harbor. For reservations, call 617-406-8584. For more information, please visit www.roweswharfwatertransport.com.
Bring your own or use one of the two Hubway docking stations by the museum.
The ICA does not own a parking garage or any parking spaces. Due to construction in the area, parking is a challenge weekdays and most parking lots charge upwards of $20. We recommend taking public transportation—or biking!—when possible.
Area Parking Lots
Pilgrim Parking - One Marina Park Drive Garage
One Marina Park Drive
Boston, MA 02210
ICA visitors receive an additional $2 off parking on weekends (10 hour limit) and after 5 pm on weekdays with ticket validation at the Holly and David Bruce Visitor Center at the ICA.
LAZ Parking - 25 Northern Avenue
25 Northern Avenue*
Boston, MA 02210
*For GPS, use 233 Northern Avenue as destination address.
LAZ Parking - 391 Congress Street
391 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02110
Further Parking Options
Tours + Talks
Drop in for a FREE guided tour and get a closer look at our current exhibitions and iconic architecture every Thursday evening during ICA FREE Thursdays and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Current offerings include:
Material Matters: See how contemporary artists transform our experience of found and everyday materials.
Feature Tour: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957: Join our guide for an interactive tour of the ICA’s feature exhibition and experience the college’s central tenet: “learning by doing.”
FREE THURSDAY NIGHTS
6:00 PM | Material Matters
7:00 PM | Feature Tour: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957
SATURDAYS + SUNDAYS
1:00 PM | Material Matters
2:30 PM | Feature Tour: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957
POP UP TALKS
Every Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30 PM!
Get a different perspective on contemporary art from individuals that study the ICA’s exhibitions every day—the Visitor Assistants (VAs). Pop-Up Talks—15-minute conversations in front of works of art—are led by a team of VAs identifiable on the gallery floor by their Ask Me buttons. Stop by and hear what works they’ve chosen to reflect on in these surprising gallery conversations.
Have a question about free drop-in tours? Contact us.
Looking to schedule a group tour? Learn more about group visits and tours.
Shopping + Dining
With a distinctive selection of contemporary design objects, jewelry, art books, and children’s toys, the ICA Store is a one-of-a-kind Boston destination. ICA Members receive 10% off every purchase. All purchases support ICA exhibitions, performances, and educational programs.
Open during museum hours; admission is not required.
Experience casual harborside dining at the Water Café. Our menu is updated seasonally to highlight local ingredients and New England favorites with contemporary flair. ICA Members receive a 10% discount off their purchase at the Water Cafe. Museum admission is not required to dine.
Tue: 11 am – 4 pm
Wed: 11 am – 4 pm
Thu: 11 am – 8 pm
Fri: 11 am – 8 pm
Sat: 11 am – 4 pm
Sun: 11 am – 4 pm
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Explore the Neighborhood
The Institute of Contemporary Art is located on the waterfront of one of North America’s most walkable cities. This flourishing neighborhood and burgeoning creative center is home to cultural and historic attractions such as the Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, Fort Point, the Rafael Viñoly-designed Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, a variety of exciting restaurants, new hotels, and residences—all just a short walk from the ICA and part of a transformed, vibrant new Boston. The ICA is one of the jewels along the HarborWalk, an inviting public walkway around Boston Harbor with parks, public art, seating areas, cafes, and more. Learn more.
The ICA requires visitors to check backpacks of any size, shopping bags, and bags 11 x 14 inches (28 x 35.5 cm) or larger. The museum reserves the right to refuse other items and is not responsible for items held by the checkroom.
We welcome visitors to take still photographs for their own use, of the ICA building and select works on view in the galleries. No flash, tripods, or video recording allowed. When taking photographs, please consider fellow visitors. Photographs may not be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the ICA.
Please note: as indicated by this symbol, there are select works of art and exhibitions where photography of any kind is prohibited. We appreciate your considering other museum visitors by taking photographs in an unobtrusive manner.
Visiting with Kids
A few tips:
- Changing stations are located in both women’s and men’s restrooms on the first and fourth floors.
- Strollers are permitted throughout the ICA. For safety, please do not leave strollers unattended.
- Children are welcome in the Water Café. Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the museum, but may be enjoyed outside on the grandstand.
The ICA welcomes and endeavors to provide a positive, engaging experience for all visitors.
- The ICA is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible. Visitors who use wheelchairs may be dropped off directly in front of the museum. Available parking options are here. Power wheelchairs and scooters are allowed; Segways are not. A limited number of wheelchairs are available in the State Street Corporation Lobby free of charge. Reserved wheelchair seating for theater productions is available by advance request; please call the Box Office at 617-478-3103.
- Assistive-listening devices and sign language interpretation are available by advance request; please call the Box Office at 617-478-3103 (TTY 617-478-3287) to make a request.
- Service animals are welcome.
- Large-print label texts are available in the galleries; please ask a member of the gallery staff for assistance.
- Icaboston.org is translatable for non-English speakers: see the bottom of every page for links (note that automatic translations are provided by a third party and may contain inaccuracies).
- The ICA does not discriminate on the basis of disability with regard to admission, access, or employment.
If you have questions or feedback about your visit to the ICA, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-478-3103.