Concertgoers heading to shows at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY, site of the historic Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969, should drive up early and visit the adjoining Museum at Bethel Woods.
The museum’s current exhibition, “Give Peace a Chance,” commemorates the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-in for Peace that was staged at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, QC, in 1969.
The special exhibit, which runs through September 7, is making its United States debut at the Museum at Bethel Woods. Neither the Beatles nor any of its four members performed at the Woodstock festival.
Although the famous bed Lennon and Ono talked to the media from is not in the exhibition, more than 30 large-format photographs by Gerr Deiter, 15 text panels and other installations are featured. “Give Peace a Chance” was recorded from the bed to boot.
Admission to the exhibit is free with the purchase of a museum admission ticket. Adult tickets (18 & up) are $13, seniors (65 & up) are $11, youth (8-17) are $9, children (3-7) are $4, and children 2 years and under are free with an adult.
The museum, whose permanent interactive exhibit celebrates Woodstock Nation, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., through September 7. Fall hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, and run from September 10 through January 3, 2010.