Plan Your Museum Visit

The Museum at Bethel Woods is a destination for anyone who lived through The Sixties or wished they had. Family-friendly and traveler-friendly, the Museum is a perfect day-trip from New York City, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, or upstate New York. Each year, visitors from around the world make the pilgrimage to the place where the Woodstock festival took place—where the spirit of the festival lives today.

Museum Hours

The Museum is open April thru December, including most holidays. See seasonal days and hours below.

Closed: January 1 – April 4
Box Office will open on first day ONLY of pavilion concert on-sale dates.
Spring Hours: April 5 – April 30
Open Thursday – Sunday 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.  (Box Office closes at 3:30pm) 
Summer Hours: May 1 – September 1
Open seven days a week, 10 A.M.to 7 P.M.  (Box Office closes at 5:30pm)
Fall Hours: September 2 – October 13
Open seven days a week, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.  (Box Office closes at 3:30pm)
Winter Hours: October 14 – December 31
Open Thursday – Sunday 10 A.M.– 5 P.M. (Box Office closes at 3:30pm)

*On concert dates the Museum closes at showtime. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.

 

Woodstock Festival Site and Monument Hours

The Woodstock Festival Site is open to the public during regular museum hours, except on most concert days, when the site is closed for safety and security reasons. The Woodstock monument, located at the base of the festival site hill (at the corner of Hurd Road and West Shore Road) is always open (weather permitting).
 

Docent Tours

The Museum exhibits are self-guided so you may enjoy them at your own pace. As an added benefit of museum admission, free, 45-minute Docent tours of the Main Exhibit are available at specified times. Space on these tours is limited, so check time and availability at the Welcome Desk when you arrive at the Museum.

Museum Prices

Museum tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Desk in the museum lobby, by phone, or online, securely powered by Ticketmaster. Beware of ticket re-sellers—Ticketmaster is the ONLY official ticketing partner for The Museum at Bethel Woods.


General Museum Admission (Includes Main Exhibit and Special Exhibit)

Adults $15
Seniors (65 and up) $13
Youth (8–17) $11
Children (3–7) $6
Children under 3 are free
 

Special Exhibition Only

All ages $5

 

Groups

See Group Sales below.
 

Tickets by Phone

  • 1-800-745-3000 for toll-free Ticketmaster SALES
  • 1-800-448-7849 for toll-free Ticketmaster EXPRESS SALES (operator assistance not available)
  • 1-800-653-8000 for toll-free Ticketmaster CUSTOMER SERVICE (assistance on previously placed orders)
  • 1-(212) 307-4757 for Spanish (not toll-free)
  • 1-800-943-4327 for toll-free TDD Line
     

Discounts

  • Concert Night Special! See the Museum for only $5 per person two hours before show time every evening Pavilion or Event Gallery concert day. Valid concert ticket required for this special offer. 

  • Members. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Members receive various Museum admissions benefits and Museum Shop and Muse Café discounts. See your membership information for details.

  • Blue Star Museum Program. The Museum at Bethel Woods is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums Program, which offers free Museum admission (up to 4 people per group) to military personnel and their families (active duty military ID required) anytime between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

  • Military. United States military active duty, active reservists, veterans, and retired military personnel receive one complimentary Museum admission (military ID required).

  • Affinity Groups. Ask about special museum admission benefits for NY Historical Society members, NYC Patrolman’s Benevolent Association members, and WFUV Radio and WNET-PBS TV members. 

Location & Directions

What do you mean, “it isn’t in Woodstock?” A lot of people think that, since the festival was called Woodstock, the festival took place in Woodstock, New York. Actually, the festival took place in Bethel, New York, 70 miles southwest of the Village of Woodstock.

The Museum at Bethel Woods is located in Bethel, New York about 90 miles northwest of New York City, in Sullivan County in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. For detailed directions and map- click here.

For GPS, the Museum’s address is “200 Hurd Road, Bethel, New York 12720.”

Museum Parking

Parking is free and is located across Hurd Road from the museum. Just follow the signs to Museum Parking. On Pavilion concert days, you will be directed to a special parking area set aside for Museum guests—just follow the signs and parking attendants.

Limited handicap parking is available in the drop-off circle adjacent to the museum; there is plenty of overflow handicap parking across Hurd Road if needed. On Pavilion concert days, transportation assistance from parking to the museum may be available—ask the parking attendant about availability.

Museum Group Sales

Special pricing and benefits are available to groups of 15 or more who make arrangements in advance. For information or to book a group visit, see Bethel Woods Group Sales.

Tips For An Enjoyable Museum Visit

 

  • Most visitors spend at least an hour and a half to two hours in the museum exhibits, so you’ll want to arrive earlier in the day rather than later. The main exhibit offers 21 short films, several interactive exhibits, and many fun and interesting artifacts to see and read about. Special exhibits (if scheduled) are included with regular museum admission and are located on the lower level in the Special Exhibit Gallery and in the Corridor Gallery.
     
  • Why not make a day of it? Plan to enjoy the museum exhibits, walk the Woodstock festival site (closed on most Pavilion concert days), visit the Woodstock monument at the corner of Hurd Road and West Shore Road, shop in our Museum Shop, and enjoy a snack or full meal at our Muse Café in the museum lobby. Check the Bethel Woods schedule for concerts, films, special tours, educational programs, and other events that might make your visit extra special.
     
  • The museum is climate-controlled for your comfort, but if you plan to explore the Woodstock festival site and see the monument, you’ll want to wear comfortable walking shoes. A coat or jacket is appropriate if temperatures are cool, and an umbrella is a good idea if rain has been forecasted. The grassy festival site slopes downward toward West Shore Road, and while the walk down might be easy, please be aware that the walk up the hill could be a bit difficult for young children or visitors with mobility issues.
     
  • There is no smoking allowed anywhere inside the museum building. Smoking is allowed at certain designated outdoor areas.
     
  • Enjoy a snack or a full meal at our Muse Café, located in the Museum lobby. Dine at tables in the lobby or outside on our covered patio overlooking our terrace gardens and the concert Pavilion.
     
  • There is no food or drink allowed inside the Museum exhibits or in our Museum Shop. This includes children’s juice boxes or any snacks.
     
  • Photography IS ALLOWED in the museum for personal, non-commercial use. For the benefit of other museum guests, we ask that you not use flash or other supplemental lighting and that you not use tripods, monopods, or other bulky equipment in the museum.
     
  • Service animals are ALWAYS welcome, but please leave pets at home. Pets are not allowed at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (including the museum), and leaving your pet in the car can be deadly. 

Birds-Eye View Of The Woodstock Festival Site

Where was the stage? Where did the Hog Farm set up their campsite? These questions and more are answered on our birds-eye map of the festival site, which shows where everything happened in 1969, along with important locations of today’s Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Click here for the Woodstock Site Map

The Muse Café

For your convenience, The Muse Café is located within the museum building and offers freshly prepared snacks and full meals, beer and wine, sandwiches, soups, salads, and daily specials. Indoor bistro seating is available and covered outdoor seating is available during warmer weather.
 

Spring and Fall Muse Café Hours
Full menu service 11:00am–2:00pm
Prepared snacks and beverages only 2:00pm–3:00pm

Summer Muse Café Hours
Full menu service 11:00am–3:00pm
Prepared snacks and beverages only 3:00pm–4:00pm


Full menu available here.

The Museum Shop

Looking for a unique gift or memento of your visit to The Museum at Bethel Woods? You’ll enjoy The Museum Shop’s wide variety of high-quality items relating to the Woodstock festival or the 1960s, including jewelry, t-shirts and clothing (tie-dyed and silkscreened), books, music CDs, incense, posters, souvenirs, and more! Your purchases in the Museum Shop help support the operations and programming of the Museum.

 

The Museum Shop is open (no ticket necessary) during regular Museum hours.


Or you can shop online here.

Museum Visitors With Special Needs

Visitors with special needs are always welcome at the Museum. We have planned for your comfort and convenience with plentiful handicapped parking and a completely accessible building and exhibits. You’ll find a spacious elevator in the lobby provides access to the lower level where accessible restrooms and special exhibit galleries are located. Inside the main museum exhibit, the films are closed-captioned. Visitors accompanied by a service animal are welcome. Wheelchairs are available upon request at the Welcome Desk.

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