Dia:Beacon

3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York

Shot_2_crop_Photo Bill Jacobson (1)

Dan Flavin, gold, pink, and red, red, 1964. © Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York 

Hours

3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York

January–March
Friday–Monday, 11 am–4 pm

April–October
Thursday–Monday, 11 am–6 pm

November–December
Thursday–Monday, 11 am–4 pm

Dia:Beacon is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays year-round, and on Thursdays in January, February, and March

Also closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

The bookshop and cafe are open from 10:30 am until close.

Dia:Beacon provides guided tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 and 2 pm. Tours are free with admission. Reservations are not necessary but can be made in person at the admissions desk. 

Admission

$15   General
$12   Students and seniors
Free for Dia members and children under 12

Dia:Beacon offers a discounted rate of $12 for persons with disabilities and free admission for care partners.

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Free admission on Saturdays and Sundays for City of Beacon residents (including the adjacent Hudson Valley communities of Chelsea, Fishkill, and Glenham) 

Reduced admission and discounted Metro-North train fare with One-Day Getaway

Dia:Beacon is located adjacent to the Beacon train station. Shuttle bus service from the Metro-North train station to Dia:Beacon and Main Street Beacon is available except on Sundays and holiday Mondays

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.

Last admittance 30 minutes before close

 

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Photo: Eva Deitch 

Hudson Valley residents receive free admissionto Dia:Beacon on the last Sunday of each month. The Hudson Valley encompasses the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington, and Westchester.

Additionally, City of Beacon residents (including the adjacent Hudson Valley communities of Chelsea, Fishkill, and Glenham) receive free admission to Dia:Beacon every Saturday and Sunday.

Please present identification and proof of residence at the admissions desk.

Hudson Valley Free Days at Dia:Beacon are made possible by Kiki McMillan, Charlie Pohlad, and the Pohlad family.

Group Visits and Tours

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.

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.

Purchase Metro-North’s One-Day Getaway Package and save! Visit any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine (except Beacon station) to receive discount round-trip rail fare from your boarding station, plus discount admission to Dia:Beacon (adults, $12; seniors, $10; students and children 12–18, $8; children 11 and under, free).

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 11. 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 11: 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.

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Take 287 West to Exit 9A, Route 684 and proceed on 684 to Exit 9W, I-84 West. Take I-84 West to Exit 11: 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 11. 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 11. 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

Bookshop and Café

<p>Photo: Don Stahl</p>

Photo: Don Stahl

The bookshop and Homespun Dia:Beacon are open from 10:30 am until close on days Dia:Beacon is open.

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.

Homespun features housemade soups, salads, and sandwiches as well as a selection of housemade desserts. View menu.

Box lunches are available for groups and must be ordered in advance by contacting Homespun Café.

Admission is not required for entry to the bookshop and café.

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.

Museum Policies

Please leave large bags/purses at home.

Visitors are required to check all backpacks, packages & open parcels, umbrellas, and bags/purses larger than 11 x 14 x 6 inches. Coatroom facilities are free of charge.

Strollers, carriages and other large items cannot be left at coat check.

Children under the age of 12 must be supervised and accompanied by an adult at all times.

Strollers are permitted inside the museum. Backpack and framed baby back carriers are not permitted. Strollers or carriages cannot be left at coat check

Dia:Beacon has accessible parking, galleries, and bathrooms, as well as access by elevator to all levels.

Wheelchairs are available for visitor 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.

•   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.

•   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.

Please be advised that photography at Dia:Beacon is a privilege. 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.

From Dia's Artists

Books

DiaBeacon_for web_Photo Ethan Harrison

Photo: Ethan Harrison

Dia:Beacon

This monumental volume was published to celebrate the opening of Dia:Beacon and was recently reissued in an updated edition for the museum's tenth anniversary.

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