Institute of Contemporary Art

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Institute of Contemporary Art
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50 things to do in Boston: Museums and galleries: Institute of Contemporary Art

Once crammed into a tiny building in Back Bay, the ICA moved to its spacious new home in late 2006, and is now the cultural cornerstone of the waterfront. With its 65,000sq ft floor space, the dramatic, glass-walled building houses galleries, a theatre and a café.

The museum prides itself on being a platform for challenging works—the permanent collection includes pieces by the likes of Julian Opie, Paul Chan and Mona Hatoum, while changing shows explore broader themes that unite different artists' work, or focus on individual luminaries (Louise Bourgeois, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and the like).

After you've contemplated the art, retreat to the deck outside, with its expansive vista over the harbor. The building has such unusual features as a downward-sloping Mediatheque that culminates in a front window framing a patch of water. It has even hosted summertime diving competitions, in which divers spring from a rooftop platform down to the Boston Harbor 80 feet below.

Venue name: Institute of Contemporary Art
Contact:
Address: 100 Northern Ave
Boston

Cross street: at Seaport Blvd
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 10am-5pm; Thur, Fri 10am-9pm
Transport: Red line to South Station then Silver Line Waterfront to World Trade Center
Price: $15; $10 reductions; free under-17s. Free to all 5-9pm Thur
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