The ICA’s Celebrating 10 Years on the Waterfront with 10 Days of Fun

Including special performances, activities, and a free community day.

ica exterior side

Photo by Margaret Burdge

Time flies when you’re having fun. The ICA turns 80 this year, and is also celebrating 10 years on the waterfront. To mark the milestones, the museum will host special events and activities, as well as discounted admission and a free day, this December as part of a 10-day celebration dubbed “ICA 10.”

ICA 10 welcomes guests of all ages for tours, teen programs, and art-making activities. Admission will be $10 (rather than the usual $15 general admission) except for Saturday, December 10, when the museum will host a free community day. Highlights throughout the week range include a pop-up raw bar from Island Creek Oyster Bar, a contemporary art discussion for teens, and a mural opening—all to commemorate a decade of the ICA at its Diller Scofidio + Renfro building on the waterfront.

The free community day will feature behind-the-scenes tours, interactive exhibits, and performances from local musicians and dancers. Visitors will also have the chance to see themselves in a projection as part of a special installation, and contribute to a podcast while enjoying refreshments and giveaways courtesy of Uniqlo.

“When we opened the doors of the new ICA 10 years ago, we knew we were at the beginning on an amazing chapter in our story, as well as in the evolution of the Seaport District,” said Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA  in a press release. “We’re celebrating this moment with 10 days of activity and engagement with art and artists, everyone is welcome, and we want to see and hear from our members, visitors, partners, and friends.”

$10 admission, December 1-9, free on December 10, Institute for Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. For a full schedule of events throughout ICA 10, go to