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Dia Beacon

Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York

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 4:30 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 cafe is open from 9:45 am to 4:45 pm, Friday through Monday. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. The bookshop is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday through Monday.

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

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
Children under 5
Beacon & Newburgh residents

Advance reservations are suggested
Get tickets here. For Members, reservations are not required.

Dia accepts credit and debit cards, as well as mobile payments.

Become a member today for free admission and other benefits.  

Groups of 10 or more should schedule a visit through Group Visits.

Dia Art Foundation is committed to welcoming all visitors to Dia Beacon. We honor reciprocal memberships and offer free admission for military families and veterans (plus one), SNAP participants, and EBT cardholders.

Beacon and Newburgh residents receive free admission.

Hudson Valley residents receive free admission to Dia Beacon on the last Sunday of each month.

To reserve free or discounted tickets, please fill out our Free Admission Request.

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

Dia and Metro-North offer a discount combined rail and admissions ticket.  For more information, visit away.MTA.info.

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

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

Rendering courtesy of Studio Zwede

Dia Beacon will undergo a major landscaping project in the coming year. Designed by landscape firm Studio Zewde, the project will open an additional eight acres of Dia’s thirty-two-acre campus to the public. 

Construction will begin in summer 2024, with the landscape opening to the public in 2025. More information on the project will be continually updated on our blog.

Photo: Eva Deitch 

Hudson Valley residents receive free admission to 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 and Newburgh residents receive free admission to Dia Beacon every day.

To get tickets in advance for Hudson Valley Free Day please fill out our Free Admission Request.

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

We look forward to welcoming you to Dia’s locations and sites! Please review our Visitor Guidelines before your visit.  

Health and safety for all is our priority. Dia will continue to monitor and abide by guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), New York State and local governments. 

Health & Safety
• Face coverings are strongly encouraged for all visitors over the age of two
• Visitors are asked to avoid crowding
• Please practice good hygiene when coughing or sneezing
• Hand sanitizer is available at all our locations 
• For a no-touch or low-touch experience, artist information can be accessed online via QR codes

For Your Visit
• Advance ticket reservation is suggested for Dia Beacon
• Be considerate of fellow visitors and staff. Gallery attendants are here to assist you with your visit; please respect their guidance
• Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
• No food or drinks are allowed in the galleries
• Large bags and backpacks are not permitted inside the galleries. A coat check is available at Dia Beacon
• Keep a safe distance and do not touch the artwork
• Groups of 10 or more should contact Group Visits to schedule their visit
• Certain galleries may be closed at the time of your visit

Group Visits

Learning at Dia Art Foundation is founded on the idea that art is an active, self-determined experience.

Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups. To schedule a group visit or guided tour, please visit our group visits page.

Dia Art Foundation strives to provide group tours to educational or other nonprofit groups regardless of means. Please ask for details when making a reservation. 

Public Tours

Dia Beacon provides public tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12 pm and 1:30 pm. Tours are free with admission; no reservation required.

Guided Walk-through

A guided, 20-minute walk-through of Michael Heizer’s North, East, South, West (1967/2002) is given at 9:30 am before the museum opens on all days of operation. Please note that tours are limited to a maximum of 6 guests. Guests under 18 years of age are not allowed. Photography during the walk-through is not permitted.

Reservations are required to attend the walkthrough and to visit the museum.  Please call 845-231-0811 or e-mail heizer@diaart.org for further information and to make a reservation.

Photo: Eva Deitch

Family programs at Dia invite people of all ages to exercise their creative agency through intergenerational, participatory, and playful artist-led engagements, both in the studio and in the galleries.

Saturday Studio
Join practicing artists for free workshops of art-making, material experimentation, and play. Designed for all ages, Saturday Studio is a family-friendly program that is most suitable for children ages five and up. All families participating in the Saturday Studio program receive free admission to Dia Beacon for the day.

Play Sets
Explore the galleries through in-depth engagements with a single artist or artwork. Each program will include hands-on exercises that invite participants to see, think, and imagine in new ways. Recommended for families with children ages five and up.

  • Photographs and short videos for personal use may be taken at Dia Beacon.
  • No wedding, event, professional or commercial photography is allowed at Dia Beacon or on its property.
  • No filming or flash photography.
  • No professional film or large equipment is allowed. Tripods or extension poles are not permitted.
  • No photography or video in any one space for more than 5 minutes.
  • If you are uncertain about photography or filming at Dia Beacon, please ask Visitor Services staff.
  • Use of the public space must not be disruptive to other visitors. Please respect Dia property. Do not move, climb on, or damage furniture.

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

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.  
 
Working assistance and service dogs are welcome. Pets and emotional support animals are not allowed inside the museum.

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.

Dia Beacon and MTA Away offer a discounted rail fare and admissions combination ticket available at Grand Central Station’s kiosks and ticket counters. For more information visit mta.away.info.

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

Photo: Don Stahl

The cafe is open from 9:45 am to 4:45 pm, Friday through Monday. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. 

The bookshop is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday through Monday. 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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