The Museum at Bethel Woods, situated on the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, honors one of the most important eras in history – the 1960s.
Since opening its doors in 2008, The Museum has presented exhibits ranging from “On the Cover of Rolling Stone,” a panorama featuring the leading 75 covers of the iconic magazine, to “Speak Truth to Power,” large-scale portraits of global human rights activists commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Along with portraying the highly varied stories of the counterculture era, one of The Museum’s chief missions is to preserve the spirit of the 1960s and pass its lessons along to the next generation—which is why their current presentation on view is so fantastic.
Displayed in the Special Exhibits Gallery is THREADS: Connecting 60s and Modern Rockwear. The exhibit honors rock star fashion with 40 outfits that span from the 1960s to present time. Co-curated by fashion designer and musician, Andy Hilfiger, who once toured with The Ramones, Kid Rock and Blue Oyster Cult, the exhibit draws heavily on his personal collection of vintage clothing and textured couture he has created for rock legends including Stephen Tyler and Keith Richards.In addition to their rotating exhibitions, The Museum’s permanent set is like taking a trip through the 1960s, if only multimedia technology and interactive displays existed. The main exhibit is completely immersive, highlighting the social, political, and musical transformations that all helmed at the Woodstock Festival. The colorful, expansive room and refurbished 1960s school bus make for a real “ah-ha” moment for adults and kids alike.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in its entirety stands as a beacon of culture for Sullivan County. This summer performances ranged from a chamber music series, to quintessential rock bands like Van Halen and Chicago. In the fall, Bethel Woods will present a variety of fall festivals, including the inaugural Live Well, Be Well – A Day of Peace, Yoga, and Wellness, and the return of the 17th annual Harvest Festival—a free community tradition for guests to browse handcrafted products while hopping from stand-to-stand for great eats and drink. And without mention, live music.
For more information about The Museum at Bethel Woods and its diverse fall offerings including engaging speakers, contemporary movies, and a chance to spend A Night in The Museum, please visit bethelwoodscenter.org.
Museum Winter Hours begin October 15th : Open Thursday – Sunday 10am -5pm until December 31st
BETHEL WOODS CENTER
200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720