3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York
Dia Beacon is now open to the public. Admission is by advance reservation only. Get tickets for the month of August.
Friday–Monday, 10 am–5 pm
Last admission at 3:45 pm.
Dia Beacon is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Also closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve Day, and New Year's Day.
The bookshop and cafe are open for touchless purchases from 10 am . Indoor and outdoor seating is available at the cafe.
Group visits, tours and walkthroughs are currently suspended.
Dia Beacon has additional health and safety protocols in place due to COVID-19, for more information please read our visitor guidelines below.
Admission to Dia Beacon is by advance reservation only.
Availability for same day tickets is extremely limited. Those arriving without tickets will be instructed to call or go online to reserve their tickets. If tickets are unavailable, visitors will be asked to return another time.
Visitors are asked to refrain from entering if, over the last fourteen 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 required for all visitors over the age of two
- Removal of masks for photography is not permitted
- Advance ticket reservation is required at Dia Beacon
- Visitors are asked to avoid crowding
- Use of hand sanitizer is required at entry
- No food or beverages allowed
- Large bags of any kind are not permitted in the galleries of Dia Beacon; limited availability for coat and bag check
- Groups of more than six people are not permitted; group visits and walkthroughs are suspended
- Visitors should practice good hygiene by coughing or sneezing into their elbows; tissues should be disposed of immediately; please wash 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 required for entry to Dia Beacon and will be checked by a touchless scanner
In the interest of your personal safety and community health, Dia requires that all visitors observe the precautions listed above at Dia’s sites and locations. We reserve the right to request that visitors who are not following these guidelines leave the premises.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By visiting Dia’s sites, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
$12 Students and seniors
$12 Visitors with disabilities (with free admission for accompanying care partners)
Free for Dia members and children under 12
Advance reservations are required for admission to Dia Beacon. Timed tickets for the month of August are available to the public.
Please note that we cannot guarantee entry to the museum without an advance reservation. Walk-ups will be instructed to call or go online to reserve their tickets, and availability may be extremely limited. Those unable to secure a reservation will be asked to return another time.
Become a member today for free admission and other benefits.
If you are a member of the press, please contact email@example.com for more information about visiting.
Dia Art Foundation is committed to welcoming all visitors to Dia Beacon. We will continue to honor reciprocal membership programs and offer free or discounted admission for certain individuals and groups such as Beacon residents (including the adjacent Hudson Valley communities of Chelsea, Fishkill, and Glenham) and military families.
Hudson Valley residents receive free admission to Dia Beacon on the last Sunday of each month by advance reservation only.
Dia offers discounted admission to visitors with disabilities and free admission for accompanying care partners.
To reserve your free or discounted tickets today, request special accommodations, or ask questions about your visit, please contact 845 231 0811 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
Dia Beacon is located 1/2 mile from the Beacon train station. 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.
MTA Getaways tickets have been temporarily suspended.
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.
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.
MTA Getaways tickets have been suspended through 2021.
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.
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
The bookshop and cafe are open for touchless 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.
Admission is required for entry to the bookshop.
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.
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.
Limited availability for coat and bag 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.
• Removal of your face covering for photography is not permitted
• 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
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.
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.