(Images 1, 2, 4) Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen. February 1 - March 31, 2019. Visitors explore the gallery and bookstore during the Winter 2019 Opening Celebration. (Image 3) Photo by Constance Mensh. (Image 5) Terence Nance: Swarm, March 10 – July 9, 2023. Opening night with visitors in Nance's Swimming in Your Skin Again (2015) installation. Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photos by Alex Marks and Constance Mensh.
Mon, Apr 15, 2024
ICA Is Closed Today

ICA is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all visitors. Our visitor guidelines and safety protocols are designed to prioritize the safety and well-being of our guests and staff.

Planning for Your Visit

This is a shared space. Approach other visitors and staff with kindness and patience. Help keep all of us safe by staying home if you are feeling sick, using the hand sanitizing stations available throughout the building, and wearing a face mask when possible.

Our galleries are for engaging and sharing new experiences around art and ideas. Feel free to bring a pencil and paper to write or sketch while in the galleries. Note: the use of pens, markers, paints, etc. in the galleries is not permitted. Help us protect the art by honoring all the stanchions and demarcations in the galleries. 

All bags including small bags, large backpacks, laptop cases, oversized purses, etc. must be worn on the front or carried in your hand at your side when in the galleries. A coat room with cubbies is available in our lobby for luggage, outerwear, and umbrellas. ICA is not responsible for items left unattended. 

Photography without the use of flash is permitted in our galleries for personal, noncommercial use only. Don’t forget to share your shots with us @icaphiladelphia on social media! To request special permission for a professional photoshoot or recording please reach out to hello@ica.upenn.edu.

ICA visitor services attendants, gallery ambassadors, and security staff are knowledgeable and caring individuals. Don’t hesitate to ask them for wayfinding information and/or their thoughts on the art.

Gallery Hours
Admission
ICA is always Free. Free admission is courtesy of Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman.
Address
Institute of Contemporary Art,
University of Pennsylvania
118 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact
Phone: (215) 898-5911
Directions

Take city bus #21 to 36th and Walnut Streets.

Take any green line trolley (except #10) to 36th Street.

Walk west on Market Street to 36th Street, then south to Sansom green line trolley (take any except #10) to 36th and Sansom Streets. Market/Frankford Subway west to 34th and Market Streets.

Walk west on Market Street to 36th Street, then south to Sansom green line trolley (take any except #10) to 36th and Sansom Streets. Market/Frankford Subway west to 34th and Market Streets.

Starting off on 676 West, follow signs for 76E/Philadelphia International Airport. Take Exit 345 toward 30th Street/ Market Street, take Market Street to 36th Street. Turn Left onto 36th Street, cross Chestnut Street. ICA is on your right at the next corner, 36th and Sansom Streets.

Take New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 4 and get on 295 South. Follow signs to Walt Whitman Bridge and cross the bridge. Take I-76 West to 30th St. exit and make a left on Market St. to 36th St.

Take I-76 East to Philadelphia. Follow I-76 to 676 East to Exit 345 (3oth Street Station Exit). Keep right to stay on ramp and take ramp to Market Street. Follow directions from Market Street above.

Take I-95 North to 676 West. Follow directions from 676 West above. From South Jersey/Atlantic City. Proceed to Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Cross Bridge and merge onto 676 West. Follow directions from 676 West.

Public parking lots are located adjacent to the museum and in the surrounding area, and metered parking is available on the street. ICA is located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania at the corner of 36th and Sansom Streets (between Chestnut and Walnut Streets), seven blocks west of the Schuykill Expressway (I-76) from the 30th Street or South Street Exits.

ICA Tours are interactive exchanges designed to enhance your experience and understanding of the artwork on view. Each tour is led by an ICA Gallery Ambassador who will leverage their skills as an art historian and/or artist to provide additional context for and engage your group in dialogue around the art.

Please complete this form to request a guided tour with an ICA Gallery Ambassador.

Please note: We require 1 adult for every 5–7 children. If you plan to visit as a school group, we encourage the instructor(s) to preview the exhibition ahead of time and/or sign up for a guided group tour.

ICA is committed to keeping our building and programming accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities. Our galleries and public spaces are designed to be accessible to those using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. We also offer a variety of services to ensure our space and our programs are accessible to visitors with a wide range of needs. 

Specifically, 

  • Each of our floors can be accessed via a wheelchair-accessible elevator located to the right of the check-in desk in our lobby
  • Service animals are welcome throughout the museum.
  • Public restrooms are all-gender and located on the first floor. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is located by the Tuttleman Auditorium just past the water fountain.
  • Manual wheelchairs are available for free upon request
  • Gallery stools are located next to the front desk and at the entrance to the 2nd-floor galleries
  • Earplugs and masks are also available at the front desk by request
  • All ICA programs include ASL interpretation and CART Captioning

If you, your friends, or family need additional help in navigating our exhibitions, programs, and public spaces, reach out to Elizabeth Chong, Visitor Services Coordinator (EChong@ICA.upenn.edu).