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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 17, 2017

The Woodstock Museum is a must see for anybody that grew up in the sixties and loved the spirit and music of that era. Located in Bethel, NY, which is at least an hours drive from the town of Woodstock, this is a great tribute to the Festival that took place on this site in August 1969. Be sure to take the guided tour with a now senior citizen former hippie to get the most out of your visit. The 19 minute movie is outstanding and short parts of songs are shown with the musicians performing them from the stage during the 3 days(and nights) of the actual concert. Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Santana, Janis Joplin, Crosby Stills and Nash, and the Jefferson Airplane are just some of the singers featured. Don't forget to get a picture taken by the "flower power bus" or check out the rest of the artifacts and photos from Woodstock. Parking is plentiful and close by and there is a gift shop and food service right beside the museum. On the way out of the parking lot drive about a quarter mile to the Woodstock Memorial Marker and a great view of the farmland where the actual event occurred. My wife and I--both of us baby boomers--loved it!

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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

I grew up in this area but didn't go to the festival in 1969. Took some of my grandchildren to the museum. This is very well done and presents a great educational opportunity.

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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.

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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.

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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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