The 1969 Woodstock Festival stands out in the music world as a pivotal event launching many music careers impacting the world. Rolling Stone Magazine listed it as the ’50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.’
The 1969 Woodstock Festival was August 15 to 18, 1969 at the 600-acre dairy farm of Max Yasgur in Bethel New York, near the hamlet of White Lake. Thirty-two acts performed for the event with 400,000 concert attendees. Woodstock was intended as money making venture with tickets for the 3-day event costing $24 at the gate ($152 today). They planned to accommodate 200,000 concert attendees but attracted twice that amount resulting in a ‘free concert’.
The site has developed into Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit performing arts center and museum. The facility preserves the historic festival “bowl” of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. It also has several concert and performance venues. Concerts are offered with visiting artists at various times in the year. On concert days grounds are closed to the public.
The Museum at Bethel Woods is an integral part of the center, opening in 2008 with the appearance of a ski resort. It provides a unique educational resource by exploring the unique decade of the 1960’s. Main gallery exhibits identify cultural, political, social and musical transformations of the period as it influences our lives today.
The museum provides a multimedia experience combining interactive displays, a 21-minute film, artifacts and exhibits telling the story of Woodstock and the sixties. A realistic psychedelic bus is included to set the atmosphere of the period. The gift shop provides souvenirs to make your visit memorable.
Thursday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed for major holidays
Museum admission fee
Adults $15.00 with reduced prices for seniors and children.
200 Hurd Road
Bethel, NY 12720
Bethel New York received worldwide fame hosting the 1969 Woodstock Festival. The hamlet has a population of 4,255 with early settlers arriving in 1795. It is located on route 17B, 10 miles west of Monticello NY, and 30 miles south of Roscoe, just 14 miles west of Pennsylvania.
Roscoe is a hamlet of population 541 calling itself “Trout Town, USA”. At the intersection of the Beaver Kill and Willowemoc Creek it’s popular to fly-fishing enthusiasts. It is just inside the boundary of the Catskill Park. It is a popular stopping point for automobile travel between Binghamton and New York City with gas stations and convenience stores.
Bethel New York is a drive of 235 miles taking 3 1/2 hours. Drive east on I-90 Thruway to Syracuse then exit to US 81 south to Binghamton. Then drive south on route 17 to Monticello and drive west 10 miles on route 17B to Hurd Road and drive 1 mile to museum on the right.
Here’s a visitors impression of their October 2013 visit.
“This place is incredible, makes you feel like you had been there and wish you had been.”