ICA is currently closed and will reopen to the public on Sep. 26. Shipping on all publication orders is temporarily suspended. We thank you in advance for your patience.
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Mon, Sep 21, 2020
Temporarily closed to the public until September 26. For more info, please read our COVID-19 update.
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ICA is always Free. For All. Free admission is courtesy of Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman.
Institute of Contemporary Art,
University of Pennsylvania
118 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Please note, ICA does not accept open submissions or outside bookings for exhibitions.
Phone: (215) 898-7108

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.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with University of Pennsylvania guidelines, ICA is now temporarily closed to the public until further notice. All public events taking place at the museum through April 17 have been canceled. ICA staff will have remote office hours Monday through Friday, 9AM to 6PM, also until further notice. You may experience some delays with publication orders and archival requests. We thank you in advance for your patience.

For more about the university’s COVID-19 response plan, visit https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/. To reach an ICA staff member please email us at hello@ica.upenn.edu.

ICA offers two options for visitors to learn more about the exhibitions on view. Each approach is designed to enhance the overall viewer experience, but in distinct ways.

Exhibition Tour

Exhibition tours provide visitors with a comprehensive overview of our shows. Visitors gain insight into the artwork and the artist(s), in addition to information that provides a broader context for the exhibition. The tour concludes with a brief question and answer session facilitated by a Graduate Lecturer. Exhibition tours are led primarily by Penn graduate students in the History of Art Department and Weitzman School of Design. A tour is approximately 1-hour long.

To schedule an Exhibition Tour please complete this form.

Pennsight Tour

Pennsight Tours are designed to create a more personal connection between the viewer and the artwork. ​A 1-hour Pennsight tour generally consists of three 15-minute conversations about a different work of art. Using a museum education method called ​Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), Pennsight docents guide visitors through a collaborative discussion that involves viewing the artwork and sharing their personal observations with the group. The goal of these tours is for participants to establish a deeper engagement with contemporary art and their fellow viewers.

Pennsight tours are facilitated by Penn undergraduate students trained in VTS and are ideal educational experiences for instructors and their classes seeking:

  • Deepening understanding of contemporary art in a supportive environment.
  • Improving public speaking and active listening skills.
  • Strengthening group dynamics.
  • Encouraging individuals to consider possibilities that extend beyond the norm.

To schedule a Pennsight tour please complete this form.

General Information

  • Tours are subject to the availability of the Graduate Lecturers and Pennsight Docents.
  • Please note that we require at least 2 weeks advance notice to accommodate requests.
  • Due to the unique nature of Pennsight Tours there is a 15 person cap.


  • $50 fee for a 1-hour tour (waivers are available for certain groups).
  • ICA tours are free to the Penn community and The School District of Philadelphia.

Thinking of bringing your class, club, department, or alumni group to ICA? For groups over 10 people you must complete a ​Group Visit Form at least ​48 hours​ in advance of your arrival. Due to gallery size and security concerns, admittance cannot be guaranteed without receiving your form 48 hours prior to your arrival.

Grade School Visitors

  • Chaperones for visitors under the age of 18 must be present.
  • We require 1 adult for every 5–7 students.
  • Teachers are encouraged to preview exhibitions prior to visit.