About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is located at the National Register Historic Site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY. Our unique center offers arts and culture programming that aims to inspire, educate, and empower individuals. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization, our goal is to provide innovative, program-driven experiences for all ages at our 800-acre campus in the Sullivan Catskills of Upstate New York.

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Give to Bethel Woods

Discover all of the ways that you can support our mission and efforts here at Bethel Woods.

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The Museum at Bethel Woods

From a permanent collection to rotating special exhibits, discover the decade that changed everything.

inside museum at Bethel Woods

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities by presenting a diverse selection of culturally-rich performances, popular artists, and community and educational programming.  Located 90 miles from New York City at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, the lush 800-acre campus includes a Pavilion Stage amphitheater with seating for 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods, and a Conservatory for creative learning programs.


Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities. 


Envisioned future: A unique educational, performance, and retreat environment focused on building creative capital to inspire individuals to contribute positively to the world around them.


  • We will draw inspiration from our unique place in history.
  • We encourage individual creativity and expression.
  • We recognize and value the arts and humanities and their contribution to physical and psychological wellbeing and its positive impact upon individuals and communities.
  • We honor the participation of staff, volunteers, and donors and count as essential their contributions to Bethel Woods' mission.
  • We will create a safe and enjoyable environment for all who work and visit.
  • We intend to leverage our success for the economic and social benefit of Sullivan County.
  • We will maintain our grounds and facilities to the highest standards.
  • We respect all individuals and value diversity of ideas, abilities, and expression.

Volunteer at Bethel

Are you passionate about historic preservation and the impact one single act or moment can have on the future? Consider joining our group of volunteers. You’ll become part of a community dedicated to sharing your knowledge and interpreting our unique history for visitors from around the world.

Assist concertgoers at The Pavilion – and listen to some great music in the process – help with arts-based education programs, and much more.

Discover more about what it means to volunteer at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and join our community today!