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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. 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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  • Dia: Beacon is in walking distance from train station. It takes less than an hour to get there by train from Grand Central. A lot to explore inside with a very nice garden outside. They do have an ama...  more »
  • Interesting place. A bit too modern for my tastes. Very nice grounds right on the Hudson River if the art is too much.  more »
  • I had been to Dia:Beacon before, but the experience yesterday was completely different because of the museum's twice-daily (Sat. & Sun. only), 45-60 minute, free tour. Our guide, Jean-Marc, was AMAZIN...  more »
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  • This was a fun museum, mainly contemporary art. Just know that there are areas that aren't allowed to be photographed (Di Maria exhibit). But besides that, it was fun and interactive. There's three levels to the museum each floor with different themes. It's a big and open space so the artwork stands out much more. Be sure to check out the light artwork and "illusion mirrors" the perception of walking through them is totally mind blowing! It's good enough to go to this museum once, I don't think I'd make multiple trips back here. What's nice too is that it's near Main Street, bunch of restaurants, wineries, and great scenic views. A nice day trip!
  • Great museum with a ton of open space and natural light flooding in. The venue itself is a work of art! Lots of great modern art exhibits and installations. It's a short 7 minute walk from the beacon station and just a ten minute trek to main Street. Definitely a great spot to spend a few hours
  • This place, a massive open space that used to be a factory now filled with modern art, I now consider my favorite museum in New York. You should plan to spend more than two hours there, as it's a massive three story museum. If you're in the area, I recommend also stopping by the Storm King Art Center.
  • Phenomenal collection of modern and contemporary art in a massive space. The light is incredible and really highlights the scale of some of the sculptures displayed. The minimalist feel of the space and art labeling makes for a unique museum experience.
  • Honestly was a waste of time going to this museum. If your an art fanatic & love art beyond measure then it must be the place for you. But this place literally has walls painted black & white, fluorescent lights on walls and a pile of glass. Like I don't get it.. the Dali museum is much better.
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