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Dia Beacon

What They Are about

Dia: Beacon is located on the banks of the majestic Hudson River in Beacon, NY in a former Nabisco box-printing factory and has helped to transform the city into a vibrant arts destination for visitors from the region, New York City, and beyond.


Dia was founded in New York City in 1974 by Philippa de Menil, Heiner Friedrich, and Helen Winkler to help artists achieve visionary projects that might not otherwise be realized because of scale or scope. To suggest the institution’s role in enabling such ambitions, they selected the name “Dia,” taken from the Greek word meaning “through.” breakthrough projects; to the vast galleries of Dia: Beacon. 


The museum offers art exhibitions, lectures, and talks, performances and web projects – programs of education and public engagement. Dia is a constellation of sites, from the iconic permanent, site-specific artworks and installations in New York, the American West, and Germany; to an exhibition program that has commissioned dozens of breakthrough projects.

Visit Dia: Beacon at 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY.

Our Notes 

  • You can walk from the Train Station to the Museum, 90 minutes from NYC

  • Great cafe with hot food made by Homespun 

  • Old Nabisco factory converted to an art museum

  • Kid Friendly, we saw children as young as three walking around

  • This is the kind of place that needs you to expand your vision of what art is. It is NOT paintings of houses and fruit, or sculptures of people.

Dia Beacon

3 Beekman Street

Beacon, New York

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