The Museum at Bethel Woods

200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, NY 12720 - United States





The Museum at Bethel Woods, located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, explores the unique experience of the Woodstock festival, its significance as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and the legacies of the sixties and Woodstock today.

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In addition to its Main Exhibit, The Museum presents:

We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future
We Are Golden examines Woodstock and what the youth of 1969 wanted for the world, places the festival in the context of the positive societal changes it has spawned, and asks today’s youth about the changes they wish to see in the world now. Many contemporary movements, including Concert for Bangladesh, Live Aid, Farm Aid, We Are the World, Earth Day, the Peace Movement, Women's Movement, LGBTQ Movement, #metoo, the Women's March and student gun control movement all have their roots in the 1960s. This exhibition uses the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair as a metaphor for the tumult and human response of the entire decade of the sixties in the hope that young people today may draw inspiration to articulate what it is that they want from their own world in their own time. We Are Golden is presented by Orange Bank & Trust.

We Are Stardust
In the Crossroads Exhibit Gallery, We Are Stardust presents objects and interpretation related to the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, an event which took place in July of 1969 just weeks before the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The moon landing was the most-watched event in history at that point in time. The exhibit interprets the objects and history surrounding the moon landing through the lens of American culture, examining the effect of the Cold War/Space Race, American space program, “moon mania” and the eventual national success of putting the first man on the moon on the lives of everyday Americans at the end of the tumultuous 1960s.

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.


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