The home of the Dia Art Foundation’s collection of art from the beginning of the 20th century to today, Dia:Beacon has transformed the small city of Beacon, New York, into a fantastic arts destinations for visitors from New York City and beyond.
Dia:Beacon sits on the banks of the Hudson river in an old factory building renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and series of architects, with a beautiful backdrop. Inside, the huge old factory rooms lend themselves excellently to oversized installations, and the permanent collections includes absorbing sculptures from the likes of Richard Serra and Louise Bourgeois. There is also some truly fantastic wall works in the collection, from Bernd and Hilla Becher to Gerhard Richter and Sol LeWitt. The changing exhibitions display a similar understanding of the best, most important artists in post-war Western art.
Dia:Beacon’s public events and activities contribute even more so to the creative community – they hold excellent arts education programmes for students of all ages, and the regular talks, workshops, conversations, lectures, make this destination well worth making a special trip for.
This is a welcoming, relaxed dining experience organised by local favourite eatery, Homespun, offering homemade soups and hearty sandwiches, as well as handcrafted deserts.
With a staggering 6,000 arts publication titles, many of which are from the Dia:Beacon publications department, the Dia:Beacon bookshop is a great spot for discovering unique titles you won’t find anywhere else, including exhibition catalogues, children’s books, regional titles, and periodicals.
3 Beekman Street,
Friday–Monday 11 am–4 pm
Thursday–Monday 11 am–6 pm
Thursday–Monday 11 am–4 pm
General: $12, Seniors (age 65+): $10, Students: $8, Children under 12: free, Dia members: free, Beacon residents: free on weekends
Beacon train station.