Dia Beacon

3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York

Beacon Exterior Shot_15_Photo Bill Jacobson_June 2016

Dia Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon, New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York

Hours

3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York

Dia Beacon is open to the public. Advance reservations are strongly suggested. Get tickets here. For Members, reservations are not required.  

Friday–Monday, 10 am–5 pm 

Please arrive before 4 pm for admission. 

Special midsummer evening hours on July 9, 16 & 23,  10 am – 8 pm.

Please arrive before 7 pm for admission. 

Dia Beacon is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  
 
Also closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 
 
The bookshop and cafe are open for purchases from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday through Monday. Indoor and outdoor seating is available at the cafe. 

On-site parking is limited. On busy weekends and holidays, drivers may be asked to park in nearby public parking lots.  

Dia Beacon has additional health and safety protocols in place due to COVID-19, for more information please read our visitor guidelines here. 

Admission

$20 General
$18 Seniors (65+)
$12 Students
$12 Visitors with disabilities (with free admission for accompanying care partners )
$5 Children 5-11
Free for Dia members and children under 5

Advance reservations are strongly suggestedGet tickets here. For Members, reservations are not required.

Please note that walk-up availability may be limited. Walk-ups may be asked to return another time if capacity has been reached. 

Become a member today for free admission and other benefits.  

If you are a member of the press, please contact press@diaart.org for more information about visiting. 

Dia Art Foundation is committed to welcoming all visitors to Dia Beacon. We honor reciprocal membership programs and offer free admission for military families and veterans (plus one). Free admission is also offered to Beacon residents, including the adjacent Hudson Valley communities of Chelsea, Fishkill, and Glenham.

Hudson Valley residents receive free admission to Dia Beacon on the last Sunday of each month. Please reserve tickets in advance at 845 231 0811 or tickets@diaart.org. 

To reserve free or discounted tickets, request special accommodation, or to ask questions about your visit, please contact 845 231 0811 or tickets@diaart.org. 

With the exception of COVID-19–related incidences, Dia is not able to refund or exchange admission tickets with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Visitor Guidelines

Each of us plays a role in ensuring a safe environment at Dia’s locations and sites. 

Visitors are asked to refrain from entering if, over the last ten days, they have had symptoms of or tested positive with COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

 

  • Be considerate of fellow visitors and staff.
  • Masks are strongly suggested for all visitors over the age of 2.
  • Visitors are asked to avoid crowding.
  • No food or beverages allowed in the galleries.
  • Large bags of any kind are not permitted in the galleries. Coat and bag check are available at Dia Beacon.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Strollers are permitted inside the museum. Backpack and metal framed baby carriers are not permitted. Strollers, carriages or car seats cannot be left at coat check.
  • Keep a safe distance and do not touch the artwork.
  • Groups of 10 or more should contact Group Visits to schedule their visit.
  • Visitors are asked to practice good hygiene by coughing or sneezing into their elbows. Tissues should be disposed of immediately. Please wash your hands for at least twenty seconds.

    Further Safety Measures at Dia Beacon
  • High-touch surfaces are cleaned throughout the day following CDC guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at various locations in and around the galleries.
  • A no-touch or low-touch visitor experience is provided; artist information is available online via QR codes. Advance reservations are strongly suggested for entry to Dia Beacon and will be checked by a touchless scanner.

Dia Beacon has accessible parking, galleries, and bathrooms, as well as access by elevator to all levels. 
 
Wheelchairs are available for visitors' use at Dia Beacon. Reservations are not required.  
 
Only working assistance and guide animals are permitted at Dia Beacon. Pets are not allowed

  • Photographs for personal use may be taken in select Dia Beacon galleries.
  • No wedding, event, or commercial photography is allowed at Dia Beacon or on its property.
  • No flash photography or video is ever permitted.
  • No tripods or extension poles are ever permitted.
  • No photography in any one space for more than 5 minutes.
  • If you are uncertain if photography is permitted, please ask a Visitor Service Associate or Gallery Attendant before you take pictures. 

Dia Art Foundation reserves the right to prohibit photography in any area at any time. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in visitors being asked to cease activities and leave the premises. 

Use of the public space must not be disruptive to general Dia Beacon visitors. Please respect Dia property. Do not move, climb on, or damage furniture.

Directions

Dia Beacon is located adjacent to the Beacon train station, which is served by Metro-North Railroad trains from Grand Central Terminal and Poughkeepsie. Trains run hourly in either direction during museum operating hours. For train information, visit www.mta.info. New York residents dial 511, all others dial toll-free 877 690 5114. For train travel from north of Poughkeepsie, take an Amtrak train to Poughkeepsie and transfer to a Metro-North train. Beacon is the second stop.

Dia Beacon is an 8-10 minute walk (1/2 mile) from the Metro-North Beacon Station. Also, the Beacon Free Loop bus runs Monday through Saturday from the Metro-North Beacon train station to Dia Beacon, Main Street, and Mount Beacon, before returning to the train station. Passengers may hail the bus at any Beacon Free Loop sign along the route.

from New York City
Take Upper Level of George Washington Bridge New Jersey bound. Take first right off Bridge to Palisades Parkway North. Take Palisades Parkway North to end. At rotary, take 6 East/202 across Bear Mountain Bridge. Take the first left onto Route 9D North. Continue 16.5 miles north on 9D into the city of Beacon. At the fourth traffic light in Beacon (just past Beacon City Hall), make a left turn onto Beekman Street. Continue on Beekman Street .5 miles. Dia Beacon's entrance is on the right, marked by a gray sign. (Travel time: approximately 80 minutes.)

from New Jersey and points South (and by bus from New York City)
Take the Garden State Parkway North until it merges with the New York State Throughway 87/287. Take I-87 North to Exit 17, I-84. Follow local signs to I-84 East and continue on I-84 East across Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Immediately after the toll booths, take exit 41. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Route 9D south. Turn right at the second light - Beekman Street. Continue on Beekman Street .5 miles. Dia Beacon's entrance is on the right, marked by a gray sign

from Westchester and points Southeast
Take either 287 West until it merges with I-87 and continue to Exit 9, Route 9. Travel north on Route 9 to Fishkill. Take I-84 West two exits to Exit 41: Route 9D. Make a left turn onto Route 9D South. After traveling approximately one mile, make a right turn onto Beekman Street. Continue on Beekman Street .5 miles. Dia Beacon's entrance is on the right, marked by a gray sign.

    or

Take 287 West to Exit 9A, Route 684 and proceed on 684 to Exit 9W, I-84 West. Take I-84 West to Exit 41: Route 9D. Make a left turn onto Route 9D South. After traveling approximately one mile, make a right turn onto Beekman Street. Continue on Beekman Street .5 miles. Dia Beacon's entrance is on the right, marked by a gray sign.

from points North:
Take I-87 South to Exit 17, I-84. Follow local signs to I-84 East and continue on I-84 East across Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Immediately after the toll booths, take exit 41. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Route 9D south. Turn right at the second light - Beekman Street. Continue on Beekman Street .5 miles. Dia Beacon's entrance is on the right, marked by a gray sign.

from points West:
Take I-87 South to Exit 17, I-84. Take I-84 East across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Immediately after the toll booths, take exit 41. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Route 9D south. Turn right at the second light - Beekman Street. Continue on Beekman Street .5 miles. Dia Beacon's entrance is on the right, marked by a gray sign

Dia Beacon has limited onsite parking. On busy weekends and holidays, drivers may be asked to park at the Metro-North Beacon Station, located 1/2 mile (approximately an 8-10 minute walk) away. 

Bookshop and Cafe

<p>Photo: Don Stahl</p>

Photo: Don Stahl

The bookshop and cafe are open for purchases from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday through Monday. Indoor and outdoor seating is available at the cafe. 

The bookshop offers Dia publications; artists’ monographs; exhibition catalogues; publications on architecture, design, and writing; children’s books; regional titles; and periodicals. Dia publications are available at Dia Beacon's bookshop and online.

The Dia Beacon cafe offers a seasonal menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches made to order, as well as pastries, coffee, and espresso drinks. The cafe is operated by Homespun Foods, located on Beacon’s Main Street.

About Dia Beacon

Occupying a former Nabisco box-printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, Dia Beacon presents the majority of Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. Since its opening in May 2003, Dia Beacon has helped transform the city of Beacon into a vibrant arts destination for visitors from the region, New York City, and beyond. 

Architecture
Built in 1929 by Nabisco, the nearly 300,000-square-foot factory building is composed of brick, steel, concrete, and glass and is considered a landmark of early-twentieth-century industrial architecture. It stands as a symbol of Beacon’s past as a major industrial and manufacturing city.

The original building had many key design elements that made it an appealing site for contemporary art, including broad spans between supporting columns and more than 34,000-square-feet of skylights. Today these skylights provide natural light in the galleries and have uniquely established Dia Beacon as a “daylight museum.”

Dia invited artist Robert Irwin to conceive the master plan for a twenty-first-century museum that retained the original character of the factory’s interior spaces. Irwin also designed seasonally changing gardens throughout the surrounding landscape. Following the renovation, Dia Beacon was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Art and Programs
In keeping with Dia’s history of single-artist, site-related presentations, each gallery was designed specifically for the installation of one artist’s work. This attentiveness to the work becomes tangible when traversing the spaces at Dia Beacon, which were renovated to display, for example, Dan Flavin’s “monuments” for V. Tatlin(1964–90), Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses (1996–2000), and Michael Heizer’s North, East, South, West (1967/2002).

Dia’s collections and special presentations are supplemented by public programs, tours, and an arts education partnership with the City of Beacon, underway since 2001.

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