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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

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Mike K wrote a review Apr. 16
Huntington, West Virginia304 contributions65 helpful votes
Generational holy ground for the 60+ Generation. Museum captures the essence of both the decade and the Woodstock weekend Highly recommended for those that love music and history
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Date of experience: April 2021
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InTheMomentManhattan wrote a review Aug. 2020
New York City, New York835 contributions252 helpful votes
This is the site of the famous Woostock Music Festival over 50 years ago. For me it was a fascinating experience to actually see the site. To my eye the area is smaller and more accessible than I expected. It was interesting to walk around and see the actual location of so many of the images that I have seen on film. A bit of imagination is required to recreate the festival in your mind. But the basics are still there. What was most interesting to me was that the field was a natural amphitheater. I had never realized this before. The surrounding area of the Catskills is quite beautiful and well worth a drive around.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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annapN7702ZW wrote a review Aug. 2020
Holyoke, Massachusetts221 contributions124 helpful votes
The museum is excellent. They do a great job at telling the story of Woodstock. The grounds are lovely. I wished the cafe was open. There isn’t a lot in the area in terms of nice restaurants.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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traveltheworld012 wrote a review Jul. 2020
Rochester, Minnesota9,642 contributions442 helpful votes
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August 1969. Summer of Love. That was nearly 51 years ago when we visited here on July 6, 2020. Flashback: In 1969 I was living in Minneapolis, MN. I was 18 years old. I had heard about the festival/concert/art fair taking place. I really wanted to be there, alas I had no means to go, no one to ride with who was going and it was already day 1 of the festival. We had flown into Philadelphia on June 29 to visit relatives even though there is still an ongoing pandemic. Then on to visit friends in the Poconos. From there it is just over an hour drive to the Woodstock site in our rental car. I was excited! Due to the pandemic, the museum and Center for the Arts was closed. Disappointing yes, but what I really wanted was to be at the festival site. There is a memorial and plaque at the NW corner of the main area where it all happened. It looks pretty much how it was 51 years ago, sans people (of course) and the stage. Now there is a wood rail fence surrounding it and where there stage was is a pile of rocks. STILL.. it is a very emotional visit. One can easily visualize the what happened here and feel the energy of the place. I felt both happy and sad...happy to see it, sad to have missed it back then. 450,000 people were here in August 1969, then the largest gathering of its kind to have ever occurred. One like we will never see happen again. We spent about 2 hours here. The Peace Tree is still here where someone once wrote a poem about it. On and around the tree are carvings and mementos, some some left decades ago, others very recent. I want to thank Max Yasgur, - the then owner of the farm property - who was open minded enough and so generous to allow such a peaceful and historic gathering to happen. Without Max it would not be there to see in 2020. Thank you so much Max, Rest In Peace.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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tymetraveler222 wrote a review Apr. 2020
Bay City, Michigan6,628 contributions2,397 helpful votes
We decided rather late in the day to drive to the original Woodstock site. The drive from Kingston is quite pretty. A lot of curves and hills, with woods on both sides of the narrow road. It was dark by the time we left and we had quite a few deer pop up out of nowhere. Very dark with little street light. We were able to park pretty close. Huge parking areas. The center for the arts is a very impressive building. It has venues for the concerts and other events that take place here. A pretty decent gift shop. Food available. Highlight is the museum. Fairly small. It provides a nice overview of the Woodstock festival from 1968. Photos and quotes from those that attended were a highlight. An old van with psychedelic colors stands like a sentinel in the middle if the museum. You can sit in it and listen to stories. I enjoyed the museum very much. You then drive down the road to a small parking area. There you can see the field of the farm where the concerts took place. Beautiful verdant green grass on a sloped hill where mud once dominated. It's fun trying to picture Woodstock taking place on the bucolic grounds. There is a memorial plaque here along with some signage and picnic tables. The surrounding area is farmland and scenic. One has to visit to actually get a true feeling of the immensity of this cultural site. Worth the time and effort to get here. Entrance fee for the museum.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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