Welcome to The Museum at Bethel Woods

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Today's Hours

  • Opens:10:00 am
  • Closes:5:00 pm

The Museum Experience

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 immerses visitors in the story of the societal evolution of the 1960s, connecting visitors to the roots of today’s freedom of expression and the resurgent human spirit that defined the politics, music, art, and societal issues of that remarkable and challenging decade.

Museum Exhibits Sneak-Peek

Your journey through the Museum begins as the nuclear age wanes and the world stands at the brink of incredible transformation. Wind through exhibits that subtly shift with the geopolitical and cultural transformations of the decade that saw Martin Luther King, Jr. rise and fall, the Vietnam War unfold, the Summer of Love bloom, and Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. This immersive multimedia experience will take you on a journey through time with artifacts, films, music, and more. We also offer regularly scheduled tours with trained volunteers and docent.

Community Involvement

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.

Purchase your ticket to The Museum at Bethel Woods!

Museum tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Desk in the museum lobby, by phone, or online, securely powered by Ticketmaster.   Tickets purchased online and in advance are offered at a discounted rate.

Beware of ticket re-sellers—Ticketmaster is the ONLY official ticketing partner for The Museum at Bethel Woods.

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Museum FAQs

  • Are student groups welcome during the school year?

    The Museum's Education department offers programs aligned with the NY State curriculum which help students make the connection between the museum content and their lives today. For more information please contact us at education@BethelWoodsCenter.org.  Registration can be done here.

  • Can I take pictures at The Museum at Bethel Woods?

    Photography is allowed in the museum for personal, non-commercial use. (Policy may vary for some special exhibits). Tripods and other supports, flash and other lighting, allowed ONLY with prior written permission from museum management. For media and commercial use, please contact Bethel Woods Public Relations at mediainquiries@bethelwoodscenter.org

  • Can I visit the Museum and go to a Pavilion Stage concert on the same day?

    Yes, you can visit The Museum and attend a Pavilion Stage concert on the same day. Due to popular demand, museum visitation during a Pavilion Stage concert day is high. The Museum at Bethel Woods offers $8 admission when purchased with a concert ticket and $10 admission when purchased the day of with a valid concert ticket. Discounted admission is valid the day of a concert through noon the following day.

  • How can I donate an artifact?

    If you have an item to donate to The Museum’s permanent collection, please contact Robin Green at rgreen@bethelwoodscenter.org. If you can attach a photo of your item, that would be appreciated. Please DO NOT bring your item to the Museum without first contacting us.

  • I would like to bring a group to The Museum and for a concert: Do you have a group sales department?

    We invite you to bring your group of 20 or more to experience the power of live performance or to visit The Museum at Bethel Woods. Please contact Kevin Frommer at groups@bethelwoodscenter.org.

  • May I rent the Event Gallery in The Museum?

    Yes, and you may also rent other locations on our site. For details please contact: Maureen Michulski at 845.295.2558 or email MMichulski@BethelWoodsCenter.org.

  • What is The Museum at Bethel Woods?

    The Museum at Bethel Woods explores the unique experience of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, its significance as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and the legacies of the Sixties and Woodstock today. Through personal stories and profiles, immersive musical and multi-media exhibit displays and experiences, engaging programs, and educational events, The Museum encourages inter-generational dialogue about important ideas and issues relevant to today. It also helps to preserve the historic site on which the Woodstock festival took place.

More Ways To Experience Bethel Woods

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!

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Work at Bethel Woods

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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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