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Dia:Beacon

3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508
845.440.0100
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Beacon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Art Galleries
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... more » 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! « less
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We knew we'd enjoy Dia, but did not expect to be so overwhelmed by the art and the building it's housed in. Don't miss this.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Dia: Beacon is a contemporary art museum in Beacon, NY about 60 minutes outside New York City and easily reached by train from Grand Central Station. The space is a reconverted old factory with open space with high ceilings and vast rooms. The space has a zen-like, meditative, and contemplative vibe. If visitors from outside the New York City... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Dramatically large space devoted primarily to enormous works. Many well-known sculptors with large retrospectives. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable young docents made the label-free works more interesting and inviting, and less intimidating. Minutes away from Metro North train station with frequent shuttle service to the museum. Small but good sandwich bar. We spent the day and will return when the installations change.

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Toluca Lake, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We loved the way the art was presented. The building itself is amazing as is the setting. There were art guides at the beginning of each room to help the viewers understand the concepts the artists presented. A wonderful overall experience.

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was our third visit to DIA:Beacon. Each visit has been good, though this was the only time we've been without kids. Minimalist art is not my favorite by a long stretch, but wandering these galleries is a very peaceful experience. The sheer size of the place (a converted industrial warehouse) means that it can house massive works like Richard... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If I were a minimalist, this would be my entire review: "Vacuous." However, I am not, so here it goes... DIA:Beacon is nothing more than a bad joke, except it is so bad that it is not even remotely funny. Driving there, I remarked to my daughter (an avid fan of contemporary art) that I hoped the place wasn't just... More

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New Haven, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Taking Route 84, going west from New Haven, CT, you can enjoy a beautiful Connecticut and equally stunning New York State landscape, and then, you reach Beacon, NY and the DIA. When we went last week, Carl Andre was the featured American sculptor. In addition, there are magnificent works in the permanent collection, especially sculpture: Richard Serra's, Denise Bourgeois's, Donald... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My wife and I drove with a friend from Manhattan to Dia Foundation's Gallery in Beacon, New York. We saw the Carl Andre show there, along with the art of Sol Lewitt, John Chamberlain, Richard Serra, and other contemporary artists. It was well worth the visit.

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We drove up from Philadelphia just to see this museum and were not at all disappointed. The top minimalist artists in the world with pieces that are very rare and difficult to see because of their huge scale. Be ready for white paintings (not our favorite and felt more conceptual) but also for outstanding, outlandish bold work. The richard serra... More

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New York City, New York
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Expands any ones definition of art work. Some I liked, some I did not. The strings that form huge frames are cleaver, the pile of broken glass on the floor - not so much. Really is a must see. And you can get up close and personal with works that other galleries would you rope off.

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