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Dia:Beacon

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Address: 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508-2521
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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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Intro to contemporary art for the whole family

DIA: Beacon, located in a former Nabisco box factory, is a great family destination and a fabulous way to sneak some art into the diet of children and bored teenagers. The space... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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Montclair, New Jersey
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fun to visit this museum. Not my fave kind of art but the space is pretty incredible. And vast. The melted car sculptures were cool. The basement was interesting. The math squares were not for me.

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

DIA: Beacon, located in a former Nabisco box factory, is a great family destination and a fabulous way to sneak some art into the diet of children and bored teenagers. The space is magnificent, with acres of gleaming hardwood floors, and the art is organized in smaller rooms that allow for more intimate viewing and contemplation. Although not all of... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the trip from NYC. Been here twice and loved it both times. Great little town. Can be done by foot if you're a walker. There are cabs and rental cars near the train station.

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washington dc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of large contemporary art installations (and my favorite: sounds in the garden). Plenty to observe, analyze and talk about, even if modern art is not one of your main interests. An arresting adaptive reuse of a Nabisco box factory, repurposed into a museum. Excellent book store, small cafe. Near the Beacon train station.

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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 edge off when kids needed a break. Staff was really helpful and friendly--especially so for our 9 yr old who was in a wheelchair. Never felt... More 

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Ashford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Poughkeepsie, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

There were a few neat things to look at, but the unfriendly staff made my two (well-behaved) children feel uncomfortable as they got warned quite a few times out of nowhere to not touch the displays. (I went over the rules with them beforehand and they had no intention of touching anything.) Most of it was pretentious crap anyway so... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely museum that is worth visiting for the architecture itself if not for the striking installations that are site-specific pieces. Absolutely a special experience, perfect day excursion. Added bonus is the cafe with healthy food options and a selection of interesting books for sale. Only drawback is the pricy ticket, but I would still consider it worth it. Definitely recommended.

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We had been recommended to visit this modern art gallery & are very pleased we did so. There were some intriguing ideas, some very modern concepts & some very unusual projects here. I think everyone could find many things they like but I would be surprised if most did not feel that there are some "pieces" which are "not art"... More 

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