Along the buzzy Seaport District’s waterfront,  Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art shines with its cubic facade and shimmering glass walls reflecting water. Inside, the space is perpetually brimming with new modern exhibitions, theatrical performances and film screenings, as well as adult and family educational programs. A distinguished hub of Boston culture, the ICA is always one of the first places we recommend out-of-towners check out during their time here.

One of our top picks at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art  is its Momentum Series, which showcases work from emerging artists, an annually commissioned new design to the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, and several galleries where premier exhibitions rotate in and out of on a varied basis.

Among the more notable pieces to come through Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art: 2014’s Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors was a nine-piece video installation showing Icelandic musicians, both famous and not, playing instruments and wearing headphones in different rooms of an upstate New York farmhouse in a symphonic and visual loop. Another that stands out in the archives, Nick Cave’s Soundsuits exhibit from the same year filed the spacious West Gallery with colorful costumed sculptures made of beads and fabrics from thrift shops.

The ICA is open six days a week (it’s closed on Mondays) from 10am-5pm. Be sure to stop by the Water Café, fittingly located adjacent to the city’s Harbor Walk. The café offers locally- and-internationally-inspired tapas, soups, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches as well as coffee, beer and wine. For showtimes and information on current and upcoming exhibitions, check out Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art’s website here.