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The ICA is a dynamic presence in the constantly changing Seaport District neighborhood. In 2014, the museum expanded its summer programming, which already included free admission and concerts on Thursday evenings, with Friday evening events focusing on music, art, and even cooking. Year-round, the ICA is Boston’s go-to destination for contemporary art in every imaginable medium, thoughtfully presented and invariably inspiring. The brilliant curators zero in on emerging artists whose work complements a small but superb permanent collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. The ICA also schedules numerous events, including lectures, discussions, and musical performances, that help even the most casual or reluctant visitor appreciate the importance of art in everyday life. As you approach the entrance, detour and walk around the building, taking in the innovative architecture (by the New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro) that effectively makes the building the largest artifact in the ICA’s collections. The waterfront cafe has seasonal patio seating, and the excellent gift shop is well worth a visit.