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Dia:Beacon

3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508
845.440.0100
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Ranked #1 of 11 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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Framingham, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We recently made a visit to the Hudson River Valley area around Newburgh NY. It was a two day visit that was focused on art. The first day we visited the Dia:Beacon Muesum in Beacon. A stunning modern art museum devoted to large scale art works, mostly from the 1950s to the present. The museum is a converted large scale... More

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Beacon, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Big and fabulous...it's all about the scale. Three dimensional art all over this place. The staff is amazing. Free for Beacon residents.

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Beacon, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Not my kind of art and found it very boring. I could take glass and toss on the floor and let it break into pieces at home and call it art

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Scarsdale, NY
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Dia is a very interesting modern art museum. Admittedly we didn't really "get" the majority of it, but some of the installations were so impressive we were in awe of how they were created. The scale of some had us wondering how the heck they got them into the building, and many were painted right on the walls so it... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The sheer size of this museum is one of the reasons to see it. It was exciting to see the artist exhibits within such an amazing structure, especially some of the immense pieces, many only lit by the ambient light trickling in from the windows. Be sure to take some time to go outside and enjoy the sprawling vistas from... More

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Garden City, New York
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5 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

What a great town and location for this wonderful destination of a museum. Art is so diverse to each person's taste and this place has quite an smorgasbord of artistic expression. Admission is $12 general admission, $8 for students and $10 for senior citizens. It's free for the residents of Beacon on Saturday and Sunday-so nice of them:-) There is... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The artwork is funky, but interesting. Too much to absorb in one visit. Would return to pay more attention to what I liked.

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Art--particularly large-scale installations--is my passion and my primary reason for traveling. This month I finally made it up to Beacon to see Dia's new-ish location. The building did not disappoint: an old Nabisco box factory, it is immense--a crucial factor is displaying the sprawling works of artists like Carl Andre (the current special exhibit), Richard Serra, Robert Smithson and Walter... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Surpassed my expectations - truly incredible and immersive. There is so much to see, and Dia: Beacon is one of the most well curated art experiences I've ever had [if not the best]. Each artist was displayed so strategically, and the use of the space was impressive. Would definitely be back, and when in Beacon, this should be a must... More

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Beacon, NY Dia is in an old factory that printed boxes. It lay abandoned for decades and now has a new lease on life. It has modern, abstract art that we found hard to really understand but we are just people with college degrees (bachelors and Ph.D.). I would recommend it for a day that you want to spend... More

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