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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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Unique museum

Built in an old abandoned factory, the curious old structure becomes part of the art. At times the atmosphere seems akin to Alcatraz. Some of the art is wonderous and inventive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Modern art in an old biscuit factory, a wonderful location for the art as the venue becomes part of the art. The garden is also beautifully landscaped to create a visually stunning experience. The experience for us also involved a scenic train journey for almost one and a half hours along the Hudson River. The only issue was it was... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Our first trip there was spectacular. Natural light indoors plus a well-landscaped outdoor space make this a superior museum experience.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Built in an old abandoned factory, the curious old structure becomes part of the art. At times the atmosphere seems akin to Alcatraz. Some of the art is wonderous and inventive like the huge bent steel structures in the basement.Lois Bourgeois's sculpures are haunting and thoughtful. Some of the "art" seems more like a joke on the audience-white on white... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Dia is an amazing museum and a must to visit in the Hudson Valley! The building (an old buiscuits plant) is in itself a very artistic creation. The huge space makes it the perfect location for contemporary art exhibits! It is a also wonderful place for kids who can run and have fun while approaching and exploring art! My eight... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Dia:Beacon is like a restaurant that used to be good but the chef has left. The art was always a little sparse, but it seems like its got even sparser. Maybe I missed them, but I was sure there were some Warhol paintings there before. They seem to really despise children. I think they are afraid that the children are... More 

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Hyde Park, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is some very unusual art. The room of line drawings on thehe walls is interesting . The coolest thing there now is the yarn attached at ceilings and floor . It creates the illusion of glass . This place is huge, so allow plenty of time to fully examine each room. The cafe has some good food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

First trip to the DIA and I only live a few miles away! I normally avoid abstract/ sculpture exhibits because I don't "get" it, but I figured I would give it a go on a cold March day with not much else to do. Initially I was unimpressed with the first exhibit I encountered which I sped through. As I... More 

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Chester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

For the person like myself who knows little about modern sculpture and other forms of art from the 60's despite being born in the 50's was intrugued by the exhibitions on display .especially the huge pieces which were very impressive

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cornwall, ny
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I took my three kids here in the spring- great pics outside- you can pretty much do the whole museum in an hour and a half- if your kids are the type that cannot be controlled, have impulses to touch things and don't listen to your directions- this is not not not the place for them. With that said- the... More 

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Chappaqua, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

With all the respect that ANY artist deserves for putting their heart out there for all to see, I simply did not get it. Having lived in NYC for quite some time, and having gone to MoMA and many other modern art galleries, I well know that modern art is weird --and that's what its meant to be. But....a pile... More 

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