Museums & Galleries, Boston
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is currently building a new exhibition space on Fan Pier in the Seaport District. The new facility promises to be a boon to the ICA, which is currently located in cramped quarters on Boylston Street. The new, huge, cantilevered building will have one of the best views in Boston as it will be located on the water, facing the harbor and Boston skyline across the water. The new space will allow the ICA to house the large exhibitions that are common today in contemporary art and will also allow the ICA to break into different disciplines, such as theater and music. Expect the ICA to join the likes of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and the Children's Museum as a must-see on your museum tour of Boston.
The new ICA is expected to open its doors in Sept., 2006, and is located near Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant, the Seaport Hotel and Boston's World Trade Center.
The new ICA is complete! The location is awesome! Right on the harbor and on the new Harborwalk route which is my regular lunchtime stroll. Haven't been inside yet, but look forward to it soon. If you choose to drive, there's plenty of parking, but it's also on the Silver Line, Courthouse stop. World Trade Center stop on the Silver Line will work too.
The better apparent way to get into some sites is to buy a city pass for $44. It allows entry to 6 museums/aquarium, if you have time to visit all of them. The savings must be around $15-20 for all six, if you go.
The site is ----http://www.citypass.com/city/boston.html
Favorite thing: Experience Boston's cultural scene. Boston has a wealth to offer in the arts, including museums, performance halls, operas, ballets...you name it. It's been called the cultural capital of America more than once. A great experience is seeing one of Boston's two orhestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra or the world-famous Boston Pops, at century-old Symphony Hall. In the summer months, you can catch their concerts free and outdoors at the Hatch Shell alongside the Charles River. If it's opera you're into, the Opera House on Huntington is long gone, but the smaller Opera House on Washington Street is being expanded to once again give the Boston Lyric Opera a home. The Boston Ballet often plays at the Boston Arts Centre or the Wang Centre for the Performing Arts. The Theatre District holds the city's performance halls, including the Colonial, Wilbur, Shubert, Majestic, and Wang Theatres, among others. More avant-garde performances include the famous Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse or a concert at Harbourlights (now BankBoston Pavillion) along Boston Harbour.