MORE THAN A TOUR

  • See and talk about the art of our time
  • Make connections between art and life
  • Share with and learn from other visitors
  • Have fun!

Join our guides for dynamic, out-of-the-box, and creative conversations about works on view, or explore on your own with the help of the ICA Mobile Guide. Group leaders planning for a student visit to see ICA Collection: Entangled in the Everyday will also benefit from our Teacher Resource Sheet.

Please select one of the visit types below to begin planning your experience. For more information about any of our tour options, email tours@icaboston.org.

Pre-K – 8th grade youth groups

Guided visit

Our tours are led by trained guides who, through an interactive approach, provide social and cultural contexts for understanding contemporary art. Guides focus on a selection of works during the tour to promote dialogue, critical thinking, and closer looking. A guided visit lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes (includes check-in, orientation, and tour). Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

You may select from these guided visit options:

  • Artist as Storyteller
  • Thinking through Threads: Clothing as Artistic Medium

Please note: Self-guided visits are limited to groups with students who are high-school age (grades 9-12) or older. Reservations are required at least one week in advance.

Guided visit group rates (K ­– 12 youth groups)
Youth under 17 are admitted FREE to the ICA. Rates cover tour fees.

BPS and Title I youth groups: FREE    

Non-BPS youth groups:

Number of Students Rate
10 $30
11-20 $60
21-30 $90
31-40 $120

Plan your guided visit

Guided visit + Art Lab session 

Pre-K – 8th grade school and youth groups may opt to participate in hands-on art-making in the Bank of America Art Lab in addition to taking a guided tour. During this experience, students explore the ICA’s architecture, special exhibitions, and/or permanent collection with a guided tour and then delve into their own hands-on investigations and problem solving with a related art-making activity. A guided visit + art lab lesson lasts approximately two hours and fifteen minutes (includes check-in, orientation, tour, and art lab lesson). Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

You may select from these guided tour options:

  • Artist as Storyteller + Art Lab
  • Thinking through Threads: Clothing as Artistic Medium + Art Lab

Guided visit + Art Lab group rates (K ­– 12 youth groups)
Youth under 17 are admitted FREE to the ICA. Rates cover tour and materials fees.

BPS and Title I youth groups:

Number of Students Rate
10 $20
11-20 $40
21-30 $60
31-40 $80
41-50 $100


Non-BPS youth groups:

Number of students Rate
10 $80
11-20 $160
21-30 $240
31-40 $320
41-50 $400

Plan your Art Lab visit 

9th–12th grade youth groups

Guided visit

Our guided tours are led by trained tour guides who provide social and cultural contexts for understanding contemporary art using an interactive approach to learning. Guides focus on a selection of works during the tour to promote dialogue, critical thinking, and closer looking. A guided visit lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes (includes check-in, orientation, and tour). Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

You may select from these guided visit options:

Guided visit group rates (K ­– 12 youth groups)
Youth under 17 are admitted FREE to the ICA. Rates cover tour fees.

BPS and Title I youth groups: FREE    

Non-BPS youth groups

Number of students Rate
10 $30
11-20 $60
21-30 $90
31-40 $120

Plan your guided visit

Guided visit + Art Lab session 

High school student and youth groups may opt to participate in hands-on art-making in the Bank of America Art Lab in addition to taking a guided tour. During this experience, students explore the ICA’s architecture, special exhibitions, and/or permanent collection with a guided tour and then delve into their own hands-on investigations and problem solving with a related art-making activity. A guided visit + art lab lesson lasts approximately two hours and fifteen minutes (includes check-in, orientation, tour, and art lab lesson). Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

You may select from these guided tour + Art Lab options:

  • Artist as Storyteller + Art Lab
  • Thinking through Threads: Clothing as Artistic Medium + Art Lab   

Guided visit + Art Lab group rates (K ­– 12 youth groups)
Youth under 17 are admitted FREE to the ICA. Rates cover tour and materials fees.

BPS and Title I youth groups:

Number of Students Rate
10 $20
11-20 $40
21-30 $60
31-40 $80
41-50 $100


Non-BPS youth groups:

Number of Students Rate
10 $80
11-20 $160
21-30 $240
31-40 $320
41-50 $400

Plan your Art Lab visit

Self-Guided visit

Groups of ten or more visitors may tour the ICA independent of a tour guide. Please note: self-guided visits are limited to groups with students who are high-school age (grades 9-12) or older. Please schedule at least one week in advance to receive the discount. 

Self-Guided Visit Group Rates (9–12 Youth Groups)
Students: FREE (Youth under 17 are always admitted FREE to the ICA.) 
Chaperones (required 1:10 student ratio): FREE
Additional Adult Chaperones: $13 each

Plan your self-guided visit

College

Guided visit

Our guided tours are led by trained tour guides who provide social and cultural contexts for understanding contemporary art using an interactive approach to learning. Guides focus on a selection of works during the tour to promote dialogue, critical thinking, and closer looking. A guided visit lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes (includes check-in, orientation, and tour). Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

You may select from these guided visit options:

Guided visit group rates (college and university groups)

Participating University Member Students: FREE with valid participating university ID 
Learn more about University Membership 

Nonmember College Students: $8 (valid student ID required)

Plan your guided visit

Self-Guided visit

Groups of ten or more visitors may tour the ICA independent of a tour guide. Please schedule at least one week in advance to receive the discount.

Self-guided visit group rates (college and university groups)
See Tour FAQs for payment info

Participating University Member Students: FREE with valid participating university ID 
LEARN MORE ABOUT UNIVERSITY MEMBERSHIP 

Nonmember College Students: $8 (valid student ID required)

Plan your self-guided visit

Adult + seniors

Guided visit

Our guided tours are led by trained tour guides who provide social and cultural contexts for understanding contemporary art using an interactive approach to learning. Guides focus on a selection of works during the tour to promote dialogue, critical thinking, and closer looking. A guided visit lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes (includes check-in, orientation, and tour). Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

You may select from these guided visit options:

Guided visit group rates (adult + senior groups)

Rates include admission and tour guide fees
See Tour FAQS for payment info

Members: $3  Learn more about ICA Membership
Nonmember adults: $14
Seniors: $12

Plan your guided visit

Self-Guided Visit

Groups of ten or more visitors may tour the ICA independent of a tour guide. Please schedule in advance to receive the discount.

Reservations are required at least one week in advance.

Self-guided visit group rates (adult + senior groups)
Rates include discounted admission 
See Tour FAQS for payment info

Members: FREE Learn more about ICA Membership
Nonmember adults: $13
Seniors: $11

Plan your self-guided visit

Free public tours

EVENING AND WEEKEND PUBLIC TOURS

Drop in for a FREE guided experience and get a closer look at our current exhibitions and iconic architecture.

FREE THURSDAY NIGHTS
6 PM | tour starts in the 1st floor lobby
7 PM | tour starts in the 4th floor elevator lobby

SATURDAYS + SUNDAYS
1 PM | tour starts in the 1st floor lobby
2:30 PM | tour starts in the 4th floor elevator lobby

Questions? Contact us

 

ICA Watershed tours + group visits

Find more information about tours and group visits at the ICA Watershed here

Tour FAQs

  • What is the ICA’s payment policy?

Payment is due in full upon arrival. To qualify for group rates, groups must schedule in advance using the Group Visit Registration Form and arrive and pay at the ICA together as a group. Cash, credit cards and checks made payable to the Institute of Contemporary Art are all acceptable forms of payment.

  • Does the ICA accept payment in advance?

The ICA does not accept payment in advance. However, a credit card may be put on file in advance of the visit to be charged the day of visit.

  • Is there a cancellation fee?

A $25 cancellation fee will be assessed to scheduled Guided Visit groups that cancel less than 24 hours prior to their scheduled appointment time. 

  • What will be on view when my group visits?

All of the ICA’s current exhibitions are listed here. We cannot guarantee access to all of our galleries as some are periodically closed pending new installations.

  • Can I preview the exhibition before I bring my group?

We strongly recommend that teachers of registered groups preview the exhibits before their scheduled visit. The ICA offers free admission for teacher pre-visits*. Please contact the Education Department at 617-478-3148 or tours@icaboston.org for more information or to schedule a pre-visit. Group leaders planning for a student visit to see ICA Collection: Entangled in the Everyday will also benefit from our Teacher Resource Sheet.

* Please note: teacher pre-visits must be scheduled in advance in order to receive free admission.

  • Where can my group eat lunch?

Groups may opt to bring their lunches and eat them outdoors on the ICA’s grandstand overlooking the harbor (weather permitting; outdoor dining suggested May – September only). The ICA Café has been reconfigured as a new open area, the Common Room, to create more space for events, programming, and free public access. The ICA is located within walking distance of many restaurants, coffee shops, and more. Explore the options.

  • Does the ICA have parking?

The ICA does not have on-site parking and please be aware that parking availability in the area is limited, especially on weekdays. We encourage visitors to use public transportation whenever possible. For more information on parking and directions, click here.

  • I am coming with a bus. Where is the drop-off location?

Due to construction, drop off directly in front of the ICA is not currently possible for full-sized school buses. Small buses and vans are still welcome to drop groups off in our designated turnaround area directly in front of the entrance. If you are taking a full-sized school bus to the ICA, we recommend dropping off in front of 100 Northern Avenue (Goodwin Procter building). Groups then can walk along the sidewalk down Harbor Shore Drive to the ICA. This location is also where your bus can return to pick up your group.

Need more info? Contact us.


Tours and workshops are supported, in part, by the Raymond T. & Ann T. Mancini Family Foundation.