Originally established as the Boston Museum of Modern Art in 1936, the ICA is the city’s leading contemporary art institution. It presents contemporary art in all media, and also hosts educational programs to build appreciation for contemporary art. It is known for launching the careers of major contemporary artists, including Georges Braque, Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, Kara Walker, and Cindy Sherman.
The ICA continues its mission with its current showings and collections. It has recently exhibited work by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Anish Kapoor, and Tara Donovan. From its permanent collection, it is currently showing work by Gerard Byrne, Roe Ethridge, Noriko Furunishi, Nan Goldin, Tara Donovan, and Marlene Dumas.
The institute also serves families with a number of programs. Those include a Mother’s Day workshop, an urban design lab led by MIT urban designers, and mural creation with artist Raul Gonzalez.
Institute of Contemporary Art Information
- Public Transportation: Average
- Public Transportation: Great (The SL1 and SL2 bus from the Court House station is a 6 minute walk, the 4 and 459 bus from the Seaport Blvd. station is a 5 minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Great. A limited number of wheelchairs are available in the lobby free of charge
- Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Monday, except on the following national holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Patriot’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day
- Admission: General admission $15, seniors $13, students $10, members and youth (17 and under) free. Every Thursday from 5 p.m.–9 p.m. admission is free to everyone for Target Free Thursday Nights. The last Saturday of each month (except December) is free for all families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 and under)
- Tour: Free with cost of admission. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, and leave from the lobby. Group tours (10 or more) are also available for $25 per 15 visitors. Groups must complete a registration form (you can download one from the website) and submit it at least three weeks in advance of your desired visit
- Audio Tour: Free MP3 or cell phone audio tours are available
- Membership: Individual membership is $65; Dual/Family memberships are $95. All members receive invitations to exhibition openings and member viewing hours, subscription to the ICA newsletter, subscription to our Membership eNews, discounts on ICA public programs and performances, 10% discount at the ICA Store and the Water Café, and discounts at select local shops
- Other Benefits: Reciprocal membership to other museums is available at the Friend Level ($250).