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Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston

The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (ICA), USA is a contemporary modern arts museum in Boston city. The building, like the art it exhibits within is a modern one. Let’s check out the shining jewel by the bay side with a regular gallery patron visit.

The main building of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston, situated by the Boston Bay at Pier 4.

Since 2006, the private modern arts museum sits on a quiet corner facing the Boston Harbour bay side by the name of Fan Pier. A nearby landmark is the Woods Hill Pier 4 Boulevard, and by a marina. Notably, the former ICA building located at 951/955 Boylston Street. The old bricked building is now occupied by the Boston Architectural College.

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Welcome to Boston!
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Exterior
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Outdoor gallery

On the exterior, the museum is rather conventional, with an outdoor seating gallery overlooking the bay area. At first glance, you be forgiven to mistaken it for a sport seating gallery. The building contains both galleries and a performance space.

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Entrance
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Ticketing
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Lobby sculpture

Inside, a small entrance and lobby area greet you at the museum ticket area. Here an expansive vertical lift-well serves all floors well brings you to each gallery within.

The various gallery walkways with the museum  Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston
The various gallery walkways with the museum.

General entry admission to the museum for adults’ costs $20 per head with a discounted $17 for seniors (60+). Students with the provision of student card costs $15.

Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston Mostly large open clean galleries with full illuminated ceiling lights
Mostly large open clean galleries with full illuminated ceiling lights.

Galleries within

Furthermore, the museum spaces are mostly large open clean galleries with full illuminated ceiling lights. It does give the galleries a vast and modern feel. Central elevators serves all floors of the museum.

One of the many abstract art pieces within, with ample seating
One of the many abstract art pieces within, with ample seating.

Moreover, there is an impressive gallery housing large peculiar spiked balls. Also, the galleries rotate between offerings of painted wall art as well as a selection of modern standalone sculptures and figures over the years.

Spiky balls gallery, a concept of expression modern art
Spiky balls gallery, a concept of expression modern art.
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Spiky
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Illusions
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Blackboards

Also, the galleries are open, spick and span. Definitely a nice spot to spend the time if you have an afternoon to spare in the City of Boston.

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Open galleries
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Great overviews
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Open air walkway

Notably, with the building located near the Boston Bay. There is also a long stretch within the museum overlooking the marina sea side. You can watch sail boats moving in and out of the marina from an indoor seating and rest area.

View of Boston Bay marina and sailboats from the museum galleries
View of Boston Bay marina and sailboats from the museum galleries.

A learning museum

Additionally, a peculiar part of the museum is a small listen post which sticks out from under the gallery of the museum outdoor seating area. Here, you can access several interactive info touch screens which you can watch. You can learn and listen to various media exhibits of the museum, as well as read up about science and processes, like cosmology.

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Gallery seating
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Bay facing
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Cosmology anyone?

All in all, you are good for the ICA for about half and afternoon tops. It is not a large museum which you can explore across various floors at your own time. It is definitely one to check out if you are a fine and modern arts fan in Boston, a general patron of the arts or just looking for cool things to do in the City of Boston. The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am- 5pm, with extended hours till 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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