Dia Art Foundation is a cultural institution for contemporary art. The foundation operates three galleries in and around New York City (Beacon, Chelsea and Bridgehampton) and satellite sites mostly in the city and a few extra large environmental installations scattered across the country (plus one in Germany). In addition to carving out spaces for contemporary art exhibitions, they also host well-curated programming at the gallery and educational resources to support the arts.
Dia Beacon is a special place. Just an hour up into the Hudson Valley, is well worth a side trip. It’s a museum that just couldn’t exist in an urban gallery, art taking over a former Nabisco factory nestled in a nook of the river. A minimalist, industrial building filled with large, multimedia art that invites 360 exploration and interaction, sometimes swallowing you up entirely. The museum is bigger than you expect it to be, understated yet lofty, the kind of place you want to linger, where you can feel one with your thoughts as you move through the space. The collection here features a permanent collection of art from the 1960s onwards and rotating special exhibitions
The museum is divided into 4 general areas.
|Hours||10am – 5pm Friday – Monday (closed Tuesday – Thursday) at Dia Beacon|
12-6pm Wednesday – Saturday at Dia Chelsea
12-6pm Friday – Sunday at Dia Bridgehampton
|Price||$$ – $20 general admission at Dia Beacon, other locations are free|
|Aesthetic||drafty minimalist industrial space|
Go here for: a day trip getaway, a more peaceful art museum option compared to the city
Don’t miss: their bookstore for some great coffee table book options
Amount of time to spend: an hour or two would be perfect
When to come: winters and weekdays are less crowded, and mornings
Getting here: there’s a parking lot for driving visitors, and shuttles from the train station
Other things to note: You can reserved timed tickets in advance online (though you can walk in and buy tickets there too).
Last visited: December 2021
Last updated: January 2022