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Dia:Beacon, Beacon

#55 of 259 in Museums in New York State
Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries is the museum for the Dia Art Foundation's collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which opened in 2003, is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. Dia:Beacon occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility that was renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and architects Alan Koch, Lyn Rice, Galia Solomonoff, and Linda Taalman, then of OpenOffice. Along with Dia's permanent collection, Dia:Beacon also presents temporary exhibitions, as well as public programs designed to complement the collection and exhibitions, including monthly Gallery Talks, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Events, Community Free Days for neighboring counties, and an education program that serves area students at all levels. With 160000sqft, it is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the country for modern and contemporary art.OverviewDia pioneered the conversion of industrial buildings for the installation of contemporary art, a practice and aesthetic now widely adopted by museums and galleries internationally. Dia's most recent conversion, its museum in Beacon, is located in a former printing plant built in 1929 by Nabisco (National Biscuit Company). The museum is sited on thirty-one acres on the banks of the Hudson River, and is adjacent to ninety acres of riverfront parkland. It is a five-minute walk from the Metro-North train station in Beacon, 60 miles (80 minutes by train) north of New York City.
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  • August 12, 2017
    A little north for a rest and see. This is a complete space devoted to art. It is not impressionist or religious or what most museums host. It is a very interesting exhibit of artists creations that y...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    1 h 20 from NYC originally from grand central terminal (in see also!), charming small town of Beacon with its typical dinner, pretty typical houses, and Dia Beacon, vast place dedicated to contemporary art in a former factory converted nicely. Frankly to see to do! Output exotic staff, a break away from the bustle of Manhattan. A beautiful place that deserves more space in tourist guides. Contemporary art lovers: go ahead!
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  • August 5, 2017
    Huge building filled with really interesting very minimalistic art. Always something new around every corner. Some pieces I liked more than others but a lovely day trip out of New York City. We took t...  more »
  • June 13, 2017
    The 2h train ride from NYC to this hidden gem is definitely worth it. In contrast to many comparable museums with such a great collection and space it is not overrun at all. Perfect for a relaxing Sunday out of the city.
  • June 7, 2017
    Lots of interesting and picture worthy exhibits. Plus, they're all permanent, so you can go back and see it again any time. My personal favourite is the community bed.
  • July 8, 2017
    An incredible space. Loved exploring and experiencing each exhibit. Great for a day date.
  • May 24, 2017
    Other than the great getaway deal from NYC, the museum is a big breath of air after NYC museums. The store is relatively small and the museum is well organized and beautifully curated
  • May 25, 2017
    Amazing museum. Huge place with a lot of interesting installations. A must see spot if you are in the area and worth a trip if you aren't.

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