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The Museum at Bethel Woods
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Museum at Bethel Woods
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Bethel
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

I have been to this museum on several occasions, but this particular visit was my first chance to introduce my fiance to Woodstock. We stayed at Bethel Woods for 5 hours!! This was my first time taking a docent-led tour and also of just walking the property, including the field where the main stage and audience area was for the festival. Usually I just do the self-guided tour of the museum itself.

If you get a chance to go on the docent led tour (we had Steve, who did lighting during the festival and can be spotted in the movie) do that...there is so much to see, and his tour highlights some of the best bits, and his own anecdotes really help capture the moments.

I love the multi-media presentations, particularly the bus theater and the bean bag theater. Those are not included on the guided tour, so you can do those before or after. Also, the place has a great little cafe with wraps and sandwiches, coffee, beer and other drinks, etc.

It's just a very enjoyable museum with lots of great ways to experience not only the festival itself but the music and culture of the time (and what led up to making Woodstock so unique and special). My fiance was glad to come here to get his first taste of Woodstock - at the end of our road trip we went home and he watched the movie for the first time, and he was glad he had been to the museum first to learn all about it.

1  Thank NauticaSea
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

Wonderful modern museum with well preserved grounds. Inside several retro displays and film highlights document this unique music festival. Some of the tour guides attended this festival nearly 50 years ago and passionately offer details. I spent 2 hours there and could have stayed longer. A small concert hall hosts events and that night Graham Nash was scheduled. There is a monument at the bottom of the open hill marking the stage location. A harvest fair was open in an adjacent field.

1  Thank Butchy11
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful museum with enthusiastic and well versed docents. Lots of pictures and items from original 1969 Woodstock event. Highly recommend.
After museum go to monument on property and walk across actual field. Fun stop to go back in time

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Reviewed September 25, 2017 via mobile

What an amazing & moving place to visit. So interesting & loved the atmosphere of the museum. All staff were helpfully & friendly. The vibe walking round the museum & the grounds outside were incredible. We both had a fantastic day visiting here & will be returning in 2019. Can't wait

1  Thank Elaine H
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Reviewed September 22, 2017

Very well done and authentic exhibit. The grounds are well kept. We met several people who were at the original concert.
Unfortunately, our approximately 69-year-old museum docent, who pointed himself out in one of the videos from the concert where he was involved with lighting or something, was inclined to spew his liberal politics during the tour. No one wants to pay for an attraction and hear anti-USA sentiment, regardless of your views. He did give a disclaimer that it was not the opinion of the museum, however I feel it was inappropriate and unprofessional for him to use us that way. It spoiled the tour for me and we eventually left the group and did the rest on our own. Otherwise, I would give an excellent rating.

1  Thank Chris L
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