United States

100 Northern Avenue
Phone: 617-478-3100
Fax: 617-478-3110

The Institute Of Contemporary Art - Boston

An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for seventy years. Like its landmark building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and new ideas.

Permanent Collection

The ICA’s new permanent collection features late 20th- and 21st-century art that complements its temporary exhibitions. At the core of the museum’s collection are works by national and international contemporary artists who have been featured in ICA exhibitions, many at seminal moments in their careers. The first exhibition of works from the permanent collection, on view from December 10, 2006, to July 8, 2007, includes works by Laylah Ali, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Marlene Dumas, Nan Goldin, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn, Christian Jankowski, Lucy McKenzie, Julian Opie, and Cornelia Parker.


Super Vision
Thru April 29, 2007
This exhibition examines how new ways of seeing influence the work of 27 international artists, in paintings, videos, photographs, and sculpture.

Momemtum 6: Sergio Vega
Thru March 11, 2007
Argentine-born Vega explores the mythologies of paradise underlying the history and culture of Brazil.

James and Audrey Foster Prize
Thru March 11, 2007
This exhibition features work by the four finalists of the ICA's biennial award that recognizes oustanding artists in the Boston area.

Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Chiho Aoshima
Thru October 28, 2007
Aoshima created this new work for the ICA--a monumental, mind-bending mural of a giant girl lying in a lush landscape.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Momemtum 7: Misaki Kawai
March 28-July 8, 2008
March 28 - July 8, 2007
Combining her interest in handicraft, a fascination with Western pop culture, and an intuitive and architectural sense of space, Kawai presents a quirky, mischievous vision of the world.

Bourgeois in Boston
March 28, 2007-March 2, 2008
This exhibition brings together work from area collections both public and private to create a unique portrait of Louise Bourgeois.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia
June 1-September 3, 2007
The largest museum survey of diCorcia's work to date, this exhibition includes more than 100 prints from the late 1970s to today, touching on all of his acclaimed bodies of work, from early interior tableaux to "Hustlers," "Streetwork," and "A Storybook Life."


$12 adults
$10 seniors and college students
Free children 17 and under
Free Thursday 5-9

Opening hours

Tuesday & Wednesday, 10am-5pm
Thursday & Friday, 10am-9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm
Closed Mondays except national holidays

Getting there

The ICA is located at 100 Northern Avenue on Boston’s waterfront, adjacent to Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant. It is a short walk from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation. There is also ample, affordable parking in the area.

Public Transportation: Take the Red Line to South Station. At South Station take the Silver Line to Courthouse stop. Once above ground, walk down Seaport Boulevard toward the World Trade Center (away from the city), turning left onto Northern Avenue at the light. The ICA is on the right side of the street immediately around the corner.


The ICA is fully wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are available in the lobby free of charge. Wheelchair seating and assistive listening devices are available in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater; please call the box office at 617-478-3103 in advance to make a request. If you need further assistance, including sign language interpretation, please contact the box office at least two weeks in advance of the program.

Visiting with small children:
Strollers are permitted throughout the museum. There are changing tables in both the women's and men's restrooms on the first floor.

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The ICA offers guided tours and self-guided visits for groups of ten to forty-five adults, college students, school and community groups. To schedule a guided tour or self-guided visit,email