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Smithsonian Museum Day

Free Admission To The Museum at Bethel Woods

The Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday September 22, 2018 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

The theme of this year’s Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.

In addition to its Main Exhibit, The Museum presents multiple interactive and immersive displays.  The special exhibit, Peter Max: Early Paintings. Known for his colorful imagery that helped to define the psychedelic 1960s, the special exhibit explores Max's art from 1967 through 1972, when his work moved from nostalgic collage-inspired realistic paintings to the visionary, imaginative Cosmic creations he became most known for.

In celebration of the 2018 Special Exhibit, The Museum at Bethel Woods invited 12 artists to create original works of art inspired by the exhibit on vintage wooden doors for a display titled Doors to Originality. The installation features established artists from the Catskills/Hudson Valley region who have created original artwork that draws from the color palette, psychedelic imagery, cosmic symbolism, ebullient emotion, or graphic vocabulary of Peter Max.  This series is displayed across the Bethel Woods campus through November.



All dates, acts, times and ticket prices subject to change without notice.

  • Sep 22 , 2018
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  • 10:00 AM Museum Opens
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