During Anniversary Week, from August 15-18, a series of programs and events have been developed to welcome all who wish to visit the historic site and museum, to hear music where history was made, and to reflect and celebrate the legacy of this hallowed ground.
"We are humbled by the interest in the anniversary year and we realized it was greater than we’d ever dreamed,” explained Darlene Fedun, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ Chief Executive Officer. “We recognize the importance of this place to so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is central to A Season of Song and Celebration, as it provides our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and to celebrate the legacy of what occurred here.”
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The Museum at Bethel Woods is an integral part of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which inspires people to lead creative and engaged lives through its many concerts, events, festivals, programs, and exhibitions—all on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair.
The Museum, which opened to the public in June 2008, is housed in a beautiful LEED-certified green building, set back from the top of the Woodstock festival hillside. Within the building, in addition to the Main Exhibit Gallery, Museum Shop and Muse Café (with indoor and outdoor seating), there is a spacious Event Gallery where intimate concerts and other events are held. On the lower level are the Special Exhibit Gallery, Corridor Gallery, and public rest rooms, as well as the Museum’s administrative offices.
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 makes the lessons and ideals of The Sixties relevant and accessible today.
The Museum embodies the key ideals of the era we interpret—peace, respect, cooperation, creativity, engagement, and a connection to the planet we live on and all the people who inhabit it. 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.
General support for The Museum at Bethel Woods is provided by a grant from the William and Elaine Kaplan Private Foundation.