Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room

141 Wooster Street, New York City

A white room filled halfway with dirt, entry is blocked by a glass barrier.

Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room, 1977. © Estate of Walter De Maria. Photo: John Cliett


Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6 pm 

Closed 3–3:30 pm daily 

Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 
Admission is free  

Photography is not permitted.

The New York Earth Room has additional health and safety protocols in place due to COVID-19. For more information please read our visitor guidelines.


Art: The New York Earth Room, 1977

Visitor Information

Visiting The New York Earth Room
One party will be admitted at a time with a maximum of four visitors per party.

In compliance with the New York City mandate, to enter Dia Chelsea all visitors 12 and older are now required to show proof that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  Those 18 or older are also required to show a valid I.D. Your safety, and that of our team, continue to be our top priority, so at this time we also still require staff and visitors to wear masks. 

Proof of vaccination may include:

Valid I.D. includes your name accompanied by a photograph OR your date of birth, such as:

  • Driver’s license
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  • IDNYC card
  • Passport
  • School I.D. card

All out-of-state visitors must follow all applicable health and safety protocols required by the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory, which may include quarantine.

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 diagnosed with COVID-19

Visitor Guidelines

  • Be considerate of fellow visitors and staff
  • Face covering required for all visitors over the age of two
  • Social distancing is required; social-distancing markers are in place at the visitor entrance
  • No food or beverages permitted in the galleries
  • No large bags permitted in the galleries
  • High-touch surfaces are cleaned throughout the day following CDC guidelines
  • Use of hand sanitizer is required upon entry
  • 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
  • A no-touch or low-touch visitor experience will be provided; artist information is available online via QR codes and entry doors opened by staff or propped open
  • Staff is required to pass a health monitoring questionnaire each day prior to coming on-site and is required to wear face coverings within Dia's spaces
  • Dia will cooperate with local and state authorities to provide contact information as required for contact tracing

In the interest of your personal safety and the community’s health, Dia requires that all visitors observe the precautions listed above. 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.


Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria was born in Albany, California, in 1935. He died in Los Angeles in 2013.

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<p>Photo: Don Stahl</p>

Photo: Don Stahl

Artists on Walter De Maria

Artists on Walter De Maria is the second installment in a series culled from Dia Art Foundation’s Artists on Artists lectures, focused on the work of artist Walter De Maria. It features contributions from Richard Aldrich, Jeanne Dunning, Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolás Goldberg, and Terry Winters.

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Photo: Don Stahl
Photo: Don Stahl

Walter De Maria: The New York Earth Room Poster

Full-color offset poster Created to celebrate the public opening of Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room on January 1, 1980.

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