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Dia:Beacon

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Address: 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508
Phone Number: 845.440.0100
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Description: Founded in 1974, this modern art gallery is well-known for a highly...
Founded in 1974, this modern art gallery is well-known for a highly unusual, permanent display by conceptual artist Walter De Maria. De Maria's work is a massive display of a 2 foot layer of dirt!
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Contemporary art to the Max

Wear comfortable shoes; this place is huge. If you are an aficionado of contemporary art, you cannot miss the Dia Beacon. It's easy to get to from NYC on Metro-North with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Sunnyside, New York
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Hurley, New York
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Visited the "Squares" exhibit. I think $12/ adult is a bit high for what you see. Not impressed with pile of broken glass in the middle of the floor- hope no school groups visit!

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Ocean, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The idea, of this museum is very clever. You MUST be a fan of very modern, very avant-garde art. This art is not my style, so I will not be back.

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Antigua, Guatemala
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Dia: Beacon is like going home for The Brand Fam... we just bask in the rays of the historical relevance, the insane art and the beautiful architecture. This museum is so incredibly special. This is the place that drew us first to Beacon where we lived for a year and a half and birthed our first child, Iza Ruby. Iza's... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A must see if you like modern art. Take the brochure and read the explanations. Really helps to understand what you're seeing.

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Sunnyside, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Wear comfortable shoes; this place is huge. If you are an aficionado of contemporary art, you cannot miss the Dia Beacon. It's easy to get to from NYC on Metro-North with a shuttle bus from the train station. Nice little garden outside.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Really worth a special visit if you have any appreciation for modern art. Some exceptional (and, truthfully, some meh) pieces here in a great environment. Gardens are pleasant to sit in too and there's a decent cafe.

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Skip this, save your $12, go walk the quaint shops on Main street instead. The Modern art did not display any talent and left me confused and scatching my head. This is not art at all but a collection of what anyone can do if they have plenty of time and make a visit to Lowes or the garbage dump.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This old factory makes a great venue for modern art. Its huge spaces accommodate mammoth sculptures and sprawling installations. This was a return visit after a gap of a few years, and I was please to find that some favorites were still on display (Serra's ellipses and Sandback's string pieces), but that there were many new installations to wonder at,... More 

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Marlboro, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Art appeals (or fails to appeal) to everyone differently. There is no universally accepted measure. I think the best gauge is how you feel after you've spent some time absorbing it. For me, Dia tries too hard to be inclusive, it shuns the beautiful in favor of the shocking, it pretends that something nobody understands must be "deep" and therefore... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

While all the art is not for everyone's taste, it is a stop everyone should make to enhance their appreciation for the variety of man's creative ability.

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