The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.
The primary activities of the ICA are threefold:
• To present outstanding contemporary art in all media, including visual art
exhibitions, music, film, video and performance, that is deserving of public
attention and has not been presented in depth to Boston audiences
• To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages
through direct encounters with artists and art making
• To design interpretative programs that provide context, develop appreciation,
and add meaning to contemporary art and culture
By Public Transportation
Take the MBTA Red Line to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line Waterfront. The ICA is short walk from either World Trade Center or Courthouse station.
From World Trade Center Station:
Exit left onto Congress Street. Walk one block to the corner of B Street and turn right, crossing Congress Street. Follow B Street for one block. At the corner of B Street and Seaport Boulevard cross the street and turn left. At the next corner, turn right onto Northern Avenue. The ICA is on the right. You will pass the entrance to Anthony’s Pier 4 and two parking lots before coming to the driveway leading to the ICA entrance.
From Courthouse Station:
Exit the station onto Seaport Boulevard and follow it, walking away from downtown. Just before the first traffic light, there will be a pedestrian opening in the fence on your left—walk through it to the walkway that runs alongside the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Voyage. This will lead you to Northern Avenue. The ICA is across the street to the right at 100 Northern Avenue.
From Logan International Airport and Route 1A South:
Follow the signs towards I-90 West – Ted Williams Tunnel. Take the Ted Williams Tunnel to Exit 25 “South Boston.” At the top of the ramp, continue straight crossing Congress Street and take a left onto Northern Avenue at the next light. At the first light take a right to stay on Northern Avenue. The ICA is immediately on your right.
From the west via Massachusetts Turnpike:
Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike / I-90 East to Exit 25 “South Boston.” Once you are in the Exit 25 tunnel, stay left and follow sign for “Seaport Boulevard.” At the top of the ramp, continue straight crossing Congress Street and then Seaport Boulevard onto Northern Avenue.
From points south via I-93:
Heading northbound on I-93 towards Boston, take Exit 20. Follow signs to I-90 East. Take the first tunnel exit to "South Boston." At the top of the ramp, continue straight, crossing Congress Street and then Seaport Boulevard, onto Northern Avenue. The ICA is immediately on your right.
From points north via I-93:
Heading southbound on I-93 towards Boston, take Exit 23 “Purchase Street.” Stay in the left lane, taking the first left at the end of the ramp onto Seaport Boulevard, crossing Atlantic Avenue. At the next light, take a left onto Sleeper Street and then a right onto Northern Avenue. The ICA is about two-thirds of the way down the street on your left.
Visitors can take the Rowes Wharf Water Transport ferry from one of their numerous stops to the Seaport World Trade Center, just minutes from the ICA. Rowes Wharf Water Transport provides year-round passenger water transportation throughout Boston Harbor. For reservations, call 617-406-8584.
ICA Members and Executive level Corporate Members ride free on the Rowes Wharf Water Transport Seaport Express, providing scheduled weekday service between Rowes Wharf, Central Wharf (behind the NE Aquarium), and the Seaport World Trade Center.
Please visit www.roweswharfwatertransport.com for more information.