The Museum at Bethel Woods

We are so excited to welcome you back to the historic site! The Museum at Bethel Woods will be open 10AM-5PM every day beginning July 13. The safety of our staff and guests remains a top priority.

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Plan Your Visit to Bethel Woods

Whether you're visiting The Museum, attending a program, seeing a concert, or here to do it all, find everything you need to know to plan the perfect visit to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

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Purchase A Museum Ticket

No more than 25% maximum occupancy will be allowed - we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance.

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Today's Hours

  • Opens: 10:00 am
  • Closes: 5:00 pm

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, embodying embodies the movements and ideals of a generation that remain relevant today: peace, connection to the environment, civility, and kindness. We also offer regularly scheduled tours with trained volunteers and docent.

In addition to preserving and interpreting an era, the Museum is actively involved in our community.

We encourage social responsibility among our visitors and supporters through education, economic development, and historic preservation in order to make Sullivan County, and the world at large, a better place. To borrow from 1960s ideology, everyone has the power to change the world.

Go Behind-The-Scenes Of Our Exhibits!

Museum Main Exhibit Q&A

Museum at Bethel Woods Assistant Curator Julia Fell returns to discuss her favorite part of the Main Exhibit, how people who attended Woodstock can become a part of our community, and why younger generations should care about what happened during that historic weekend.

Museum Main Exhibit Q&A

2020 Special Exhibit Q&A

Exhibit Curator Julia Fell joins us to discuss the 2020 Special Exhibit: Lights, Color, Fashion. Learn how museum curators determine an object's authenticity; the type of art the exhibit will showcase; and what it was like working with collector Gary Westford.

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Earth in Focus Q&A

Earth in Focus is an outdoor photo exhibition curated by talented photographers from around the world. Exhibit Curator Julia discusses the inspiration of Earth in Focus, the legacy of Earth Day, and how everyone has the power to positively impact the world.

Earth in Focus Q&A

Museum FAQs

  • 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.

  • 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 discounted admission when purchased with a concert ticket as well as when purchased the day of with a valid concert ticket. Discounted admission is valid the day of a concert through noon the following day.

  • 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.

     

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  • 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. Check out our available group packages and contact us for more information.

  • 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.

  • May I rent the Event Gallery in The Museum?

    Yes, and you may also rent other locations on our site. Find out more about renting our facilities and submit a request form today.