What is The Museum at Bethel Woods?
The Museum at Bethel Woods is an integral part of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which inspires people to lead creative and engaged lives through its many concerts, events, festivals, programs, and exhibitions—all on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair.
The Museum, which opened to the public in June 2008, is housed in a beautiful LEED-certified green building, set back from the top of the Woodstock festival hillside. Within the building, in addition to the Main Exhibit Gallery, Museum Shop and Muse Café (with indoor and outdoor seating), there is a spacious Event Gallery where intimate concerts and other events are held. On the lower level are the Special Exhibit Gallery, Corridor Gallery, and public rest rooms, as well as the Museum’s administrative offices.
Through our award-winning Main Exhibit—“Woodstock and The Sixties”—varied and engaging special exhibitions, growing collection of artifacts and reference materials, museum programs for children, youth, and adults, and the preserved historic site, the Museum makes the lessons and ideals of The Sixties relevant and accessible today.
The Museum embodies the key ideals of the era we interpret—peace, respect, cooperation, creativity, engagement, and a connection to the planet we live on and all the people who inhabit it. In addition to preserving and interpreting an era, the Museum is actively involved in our community—through education, economic development, and historic preservation—to encourage social responsibility among our visitors and supporters and to advocate for issues that make Sullivan County, and the world at large, a better place. To borrow from 1960s ideology, everyone has the power to change the world.
General support for The Museum at Bethel Woods is provided by a grant from the William and Elaine Kaplan Private Foundation.
Museum Board of Trustees
The Museum at Bethel Woods is an educational 501(c)(3) not-for-profit museum chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, overseen by the Board of Trustees of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Current members of the Museum Board are:
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