Be among the first to experience Boston’s newest art space.

This summer, the ICA opened seasonal space in East Boston called the ICA Watershed. Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, the ICA Watershed transforms a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a new civic and cultural asset.

The inaugural exhibition featuring the work of Diana Thater illuminates the Watershed with colored light and moving-image projections that reflect on the fragility of the natural world.

The Watershed also features a gallery dedicated to the rich history of the shipyard and East Boston more broadly, with an overview of the area’s development into the vibrant community it is today. The Harbor Room, a space for gathering and education projects, leads to an outdoor plaza overlooking Boston Harbor and the skyline. This community area launched this summer with an exhibition of photography by ICA teens.

Season schedule + hours

The Watershed is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM, July 4 through October 8.
It’s closed Mondays. We will be open for special community days on Labor Day + Columbus Day.

Admission + ferry reservations

Admission to the Watershed is free for all.
Purchase an ICA admission ticket, or become an ICA member, and enjoy complimentary ferry service to and from the Seaport. Ferry capacity is limited, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for both ICA Members and visitors. Regular admission and ferry tickets can be reserved online a month in advance. Advance reservations are recommended; limited tickets are also available day-of at the Box Office at the ICA main building or at the Watershed. Reminder for ICA members: although you always ride free, you still need to reserve a timed ferry ticket online or at the Box Office before boarding!

Visiting with kids?
Youth 17 and under are always admitted free to the ICA – but be sure to reserve a ferry ticket. Call the Box Office at 617-478-3100 to reserve tickets for families with children. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult when using the ferry service. 

Starting in East Boston?
Visit the Watershed to purchase your ICA admission ticket and reserve your ticket for the ferry to the ICA.

Note: Admission + Ferry reservations are final sale and cannot be refunded or exchanged. Special offers may not include ferry service to the ICA Watershed.

Ferry schedule

ICA to the ICA Watershed

On weekdays, an ICA Ferry will leave from Fan Pier in the Seaport every hour on :15:

TUE – FRI
10:15 AM
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
3:15 PM

On weekends, an ICA Ferry will leave from Fan Pier in the Seaport every 30 minutes, on :15 and :45:

SAT + SUN
10:15 AM
10:45 AM
11:15 AM
11:45 AM
12:15 PM
12:45 PM
1:15 PM
1:45 PM
2:15 PM
2:45 PM
3:15 PM
3:45 PM

First-come, first-served ferries for visitors returning to East Boston are available at 4:15 PM on weekdays and 4:15 PM and 4:45 PM on weekends.

ICA Watershed to the ICA*
*first come, first served

On weekdays, an ICA Ferry will leave from Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston every hour on :45:

TUE – FRI

10:45 AM

11:45 AM

12:45 PM

1:45 PM

2:45 PM

3:45 PM

4:45 PM

On weekends, an ICA Ferry will leave from Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston every 30 minutes, on :45 and :15:

SAT + SUN
10:45 AM
11:15 AM
11:45 AM
12:15 PM
12:45 PM
1:15 PM
1:45 PM
2:15 PM
2:45 PM
3:15 PM
3:45 PM
4:15 PM
4:45 PM
5:15 PM

NOTE: The Watershed is open 10 AM –  5 PM Tuesday through Sunday. The Ferry does not run Thursday or Friday evenings.

Getting there

The Watershed is located within the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina at 256 Marginal Street.

ICA Ferry Service
Transportation between the ICA and the Watershed is available by ferry. (Space is limited; availability is first come, first served. See “Admission and Ferry Reservations” above for more information). Ferry service is provided through Boston Harbor Cruises. A step on and three steps down are required to board; wheelchairs and strollers may be brought on board if they are collapsible and light enough for crew to handle. Boston Harbor Cruises crew is available for assistance.

Private Water Taxi
Call Boston Harbor Cruises to book a private water taxi at 617-227-4320. ICA Visitors get $2 off per ticket (one-way) with proof of ICA admission. The closest stop to the ICA is Stop 9 at Fan Pier; the closest stop to the Watershed is Stop 68 at the Shipyard.

Public Transportation
Visitors can also reach the Watershed by public transportation – the building is about a 10-minute walk from Maverick Station on the Blue Line

Please note:

  • For safety reasons, bicycles are not permitted within the shipyard. Bike racks and a Blue Bike station are available at nearby Piers Park.
  • Accessible parking is available at the Watershed; there is no public parking.

Dining

Check out our neighbors in East Boston!

Accessibility

  • The Watershed is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible. Visitors who use wheelchairs may be dropped off or park directly in front of the building.
  • See details about ferry accessibility above in “Getting There.”
  • Assistive-listening devices are available at the Welcome Desk. Sign language interpretation is available where necessitated by programming; please contact the Box Office at vistorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3103 in advance to request.
  • Service animals are welcome.
  • Large-format texts are available; please ask a staff member for assistance.
  • Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available upon request
  • Self-serve visitor lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis

    Please contact the ICA at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3103 with accessibility-related inquiries.

Group visits

Interested in visiting the Watershed with a group? Learn more about planning a group visit.

About the Watershed

Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, the ICA Watershed transforms a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a new civic and cultural asset. Award-winning firm Anmahian Winton Architects designed the renovation of the derelict former copper pipe facility, conserving its industrial feel while restoring the building for new use.

Each summer, the ICA will invite one artist to create a site-specific work or installation. In addition to a flexible space for exhibitions, programming, and workshops, the Watershed will house an orientation gallery introducing visitors to the historic shipyard and a waterside gathering place with stunning harbor views.

The Watershed represents an exciting and creative mode of growth for the museum. With this project, the ICA will make a cross-harbor connection that is central to our vision of art, civic life, and urban vitality. It takes art beyond our walls, building upon a decade-long history of public art projects that bring together landscape, history, and contemporary art. The new facility is a central component of the ICA’s recently completed five-year strategic plan, A Radical Welcome, designed to deepen the vibrant intersection of contemporary art and civic life in Boston.

Partners

The ICA wishes to extend its enormous gratitude 
to the organizations that have partnered with us to codevelop unique art experiences that respond to community needs and interests: the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, Donald McKay K-8 School, East Boston High School, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Social Centers, the Massachusetts Port Authority, Maverick Landing Community Services, Piers Park Sailing Center Samuel Adams Elementary School, Sociedad Latina at Mario Umana Academy, and Zumix.

Explore East Boston arts

There’s lots of art to see in East Boston! Check out these local organizations:

Atlantic Works Gallery

East Boston Artists Group

Harbor Arts + the Shipyard Gallery

Zumix

 

 

Free admission to the Watershed is made possible by the generosity of Alan and Vivien Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation.