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Dia:Beacon, Beacon

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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.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). With 240000sqft of exhibition space, 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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  • Wide open spaces of museum, focus on shapes/lines, and light/dark kept both 4yr old and 9 yr old engage (fantastic group of Agnes Martin paintings, too). There are also outdoor spaces that helped take...  more »
  • Dia is set in the hill near the Hudson River and the museum is in a former factory space. It is huge and really is a spectacular setting for the art on exhibit there. 
  • Dia was interesting for about an hour, but after a while it was just tiresome. White canvases, pile of dirt, broken glass pile. Really? 
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  • Don't get stuck in inside! If you do it will be a vortex of amazing art that is as much about the experience of it as it is the work itself. Set on a beautiful campus of the old Nabisco factory, the DIA makes for a perfect day date if you want to hop on the Beacon bound Hudson Line train from NYC. You can enjoy a quick and delicious bite from Homespun, located inside the museum. While your there, weather permitting, try taking a walk around the campus and perhaps stroll over to Long Dock Park. There's so much more to discover about Beacon, so don't make this your only stop.
  • We were traveling from Philly to Syracuse and my husband decided we should stop her for the museum and to spend the night. Great call! This is a fabulous museum of three dimensional art. Make sure to have a few hours, you don't want to miss anything! We even enjoyed walking through the "forest" in front, in the rain.
  • Love love love all the art installations here. Free parking! Favorite thing to do: take pictures against art murals, broken glass, shrubbery walls of shrub, and post them on Instagram. You can do that here. Went to Kitchen Sink nearby for food after! You can easily have the best day trip starting with wineries, fruit farms, then come here and sit on the grass outdoors, get lost in the mazes inside, and take 1000 pictures.
  • One of my favorite museums. The space and installations will be enjoyed by anyone who likes architecture, sculpture and a laid back museum atmosphere where you can enjoy yourself without crowds. I find the basement exhibition very weird so be aware of that. They did just open a new area that is enjoyable though. The grounds are nicely done but small. It's just a short walk from metro north and you can buy your museum and train ticket discounted at the MTA machine at the stations.
  • A great museum in a great location. The building by itself is something to behold as the amount of natural light that filters through creates a sense of drama. Conveniently located both to Main Street in Beacon and the Metro North Beacon train station, it makes for a day trip destination from NYC. As for the art itself, it is enjoyable to wander or to take one of the free guided tours which is more evocative than historical. All around a fantastic place to visit.