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Dia:Beacon

Address: 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508
Phone Number: 845.440.0100
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Beacon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Tujunga, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Many of the exhibitions are illuminated in filtered natural light only--a boon for their minimalist collection. What a treat to be in the room of Agnes Martin artworks in the late afternoon autumn light. The pieces glowed.

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Burlingame, California
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

If you’re interested in 20th & 21st century art, then this museum will not disappoint. The old factory is the perfect place to view the large scale art. The spaces are huge, but the museum has arranged each artist’s works in one area so you can be engrossed in that artist before moving on to another. The space is so... More

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New York
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

No matter what you think of the art, you have to love the space and grounds. But for my part, the joy of seeing Louise Bourgeois, Gerhard Richter and a true love, Agnes Martin among some, in a space that is so suited for their work is worth the journey. This is intellectual art and Dia deeply understands it.

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Red Hook, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I had been wanting to go here for years. My husband finally took e and our two teenagers for my birthday. Initially they were not too excited about spending a day with mom and dad at a museum. However, all four of us loved it! The huge, open feel of the museum made it a great place to explore. The... More

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Wonderful collection. Massive spaces to showcase special pieces without feeling cramped and viewing 360 degrees. In addition, cafe food was exceptional and bookstore equally as special. Looking forward to returning.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

After reading the good reviews I decided to go there all the way from New York and see it myself. It was the most uninteresting museum I have ever seen! I was hoping to see some nice sculptures.. No, the only thing you get to see are many wooden bricks lying on the floor in different positions, pile of construction... More

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Purchase, New York
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

My husband and I went to Dia:Beacon this afternoon and found the whole thing to be a hoot. We know very little about art and have little interest in it so we had no expectations. I mean, who can help but smile that someone actually bothered to put a pile of broken glass or a row of bricks in a... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I liked the admittedly "weird" art, but was frustrated that the supporting documents and labels were so difficult to figure out.

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Seal Beach, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

The snack shop had nice salads. There is a great spider filling a garage sized room upstairs that was worth a picture for my arachnophobic son. Otherwise nothing grabbed me. A pile of broken glass, fluorescent lights on a white wall, schizophrenic aku, amorphous blobs, walls painted half black and half white. Not my cup of tea for $24 for... More

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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

For anyone interested in postwar sculpture and painting, the Dia Foundation's converted box factory is a MUST. It is a 90 minute trip each way from Grand Central Station, through the scenic Hudson Valley to Beacon, and a five minute walk from the station. There are links to the MTA schedule on the Dia website. You buy a combo ticket... More

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