The museum houses the Dia Art Foundation’s collection of (super fun) art from the 1960’s to the present. They opened their doors in 2003 and are now situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York – conveniently about a 1.5 hour train/car ride from Manhattan.
Upon arrival you’re guided into a massive building that gives off a cool warehouse vibe. My favorite part about the museum, other than the art of course, is that there is natural light flooding in from the windows above and around almost all of the rooms.
The many, many, many rooms inside are home to the work of several household names – Bernd and Hilla Becher, John Chamberlain, and who is quickly becoming my favorite artist, Dan Flavin (creator of all the light up fun as you scroll down).
There is some seriously awesome stuff at Dia:Beacon (life size art mazes?!?!?) and I highly recommend the trip. Trains leave daily from Grand Central – $32 round trip during non peak hours (it’s a beautiful ride along the Hudson the entire ride) – or you can drive/rent a car (see where we find it easiest to rent from in NYC at the bottom of this post).
The whole museum took us about 2 hours to get through – though you could probably add/subtract a few minutes depending on how much reading/admiring/snapping you do. If you have time afterwards, walk up to Main Steet (a 20-25 minute walk from the museum) to check out the town’s quirky shops and grab a few bites/beers.
Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students.
Their hours are:
Friday–Monday 11 am–4 pm
Thursday–Monday 11 am–6 pm
Thursday–Monday 11 am–4 pm
They’re closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays year-round, and Thursdays in January, February, and March.
They’re also closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.