Welcome to The Museum at Bethel Woods

inside the Museum at Bethel Woods

Main Exhibit

In our Main Exhibit, Woodstock & The Sixties, discover the decade of seismic change as you travel back in time to the era of bellbottoms, The Beatles, and the first lunar landing.

Bethel Woods Museum

2019 Special Exhibit

We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of The Woodstock Festival & Aspirations for a Peaceful Future

special exhibit intro wall

Elliott Landy Outdoor Art Display

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the greatest festival of all time, a selection of 12 portraits by iconic festival photographer Elliott Landy will be displayed outdoors around the campus, highlighting figures of the classic rock era and the work of a long-time Museum partner and collaborator. Join Landy on September 28th for Framing History - a panel discussion on how photography shaped the festival narrative.

Landy

The Bindy Bazaar Trails

Originally were constructed for the Woodstock Festival to serve as a grouping of 20 booths where vendors sold crafts and clothing while also connecting two major areas of Festival grounds, the restoration of The Bindy Bazaar Trails, lets guests explore the area and see historic evidence of how the woods were used during the Festival. 

Bindy Bazaar Trails signs on trees in woods

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Today's Hours

  • Opens:10:00 am
  • Closes:7:00 pm

The Museum at Bethel Woods is an integral part of the campus and the inspiration for our programming.

Inside you’ll find the permanent Main Exhibit, Woodstock and The Sixties, rotating special exhibits, the Event Gallery, classroom, Bindy Bazaar Museum Shop, and Yasgur’s Farm Café. The Museum tells the story of the ’60s and the making of the 1969 Woodstock festival. It embodies the movements and ideals of a generation that remain relevant today… peace, connection to the environment, civility, and kindness.

This immersive multi-media 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.

 

Please note that the Museum will be closed to the general public during Anniversary Weekend - Thursday, August 15 - Sunday August 18 and accessible to concert ticket holders only.  

outdoor dining at Bethel Woods

Yasgur's Farm Café

Yasgur’s Farm Café offers freshly prepared snacks and meals, as well as beer and wine to keep you powered during your exploration around Bethel Woods. Named after the legendary dairy farmer Max Yasgur, the original owner of the alfalfa field where the Woodstock Festival took place, the café is located in The Museum lobby. Indoor bistro seating is always available and covered outdoor seating is available during warmer weather.

Spring and Fall Yasgur's Farm Café
Full menu service 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Prepared snacks and beverages only 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Summer Yasgur's Farm Café
Full menu service 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Prepared snacks and beverages only 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

Bindy Bazaar Museum Store

Find unique gifts and mementos of your visit, including a variety of Woodstock-inspired jewelry, t-shirts, clothing, books, music, incense, posters, and more. Your purchases help support the operations and programs offered at The Museum.

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

  • 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 Sarah Reich at 845.583.2061 or 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.