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The Museum will be closed until further notice.

While we don't have any confirmed cases connected to The Museum, we believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our guests and staff, which at this time calls for us to minimize gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible. We look forward to soon announcing when we'll be able to welcome visitors to The Museum and opening our 2020 Special Exhibit: Lights, Color, Fashion. Follow along on social media as we share content from the exhibits, talks with the curators, and more. 

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Getting Here

Bethel Woods/ Museum at Bethel Woods
200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720

  • Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a drive-to destination for day-trippers visiting from across the Northeast. Located just 90 miles north of New York City, Bethel Woods is easy to get to from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
  • Overnight guests will find the area’s lodging properties, restaurants and shopping to be unique and worth extending your stay. Find new boutique hotels, grand resorts, and charming B&Bs offering on-site restaurants, as well as easy access to Sullivan County’s attractions and hotspots, by exploring the area.
  • For guests arriving from across the United States and Internationally, Bethel Woods’ proximity to major airports, especially Stewart International, as well as the New York City area make getting here easy.

Make the Most of Your Visit

  • Plan to spend at least an hour and a half to two hours exploring the Museum exhibits. We recommend arriving earlier in the day rather than later. The main exhibit offers 21 short films, several interactive exhibits, and many fun and interesting artifacts to see and read about. Special exhibits (if scheduled) are included with regular museum admission and are located on the lower level in the Special Exhibit Gallery and in the Corridor Gallery.
  • Make a day of it! Enjoy the museum exhibits, walk the Woodstock festival site (closed on most Pavilion concert days), visit the Woodstock monument at the corner of Hurd Road and West Shore Road, shop in our Museum Shop, and enjoy a snack or meal at our Yasgur’s Farm Cafe in the museum lobby. Check the Bethel Woods calendar for concerts, films, special tours, educational programs, and other events that will make your visit extra special.
  • The museum is climate-controlled to preserve the exhibits and provide a comfortable experience for our guests. If you plan to explore the Woodstock festival site and see the monument, you’ll want to wear comfortable walking shoes. The grassy festival site slopes downward toward West Shore Road, and while the walk down might be easy, please be aware that the walk up the hill could be a bit difficult for young children or visitors with mobility issues. Always check the weather before your visit and dress accordingly.
  • There is no smoking allowed anywhere inside the museum building. Smoking is allowed at designated outdoor areas.
  • There is no food or drink allowed inside The Museum exhibits or in our Museum Shop. This includes children’s juice boxes or any snacks.
  • Photography is allowed in the museum for personal, non-commercial use. For the benefit of other museum guests, we ask that you do not use flash or other supplemental lighting and that you not use tripods, monopods, or other bulky equipment in the museum.
  • Service animals are ALWAYS welcome, but please leave pets at home. Pets are not allowed at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (including the museum), and leaving your pet in the car can be deadly.

Dining, Shopping & More

Yasgurs Farm Café

Located in The Museum lobby, 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.

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Bindy Bazaar Museum Store

Find unique gifts and mementos of your visit. Your purchases at our on-site shop or online store help support the operations and programs offered at The Museum.

Bindy Bazaar Shop at Bethel Woods

Group Sales & Packages

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a great group tour location, whether traveling with a school group or tour group. Special pricing and benefits for groups are available upon request.

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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 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.

  • 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. To learn more, please click here.

  • May I rent the Event Gallery in The Museum?

    Yes, and you may also rent other locations on our site. For details please email info@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.