Museum at Bethel Woods
Map of the Woodstock Festival
LocationMuseum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, NY
Exhibition DesignGallagher & Associates
An interactive, birds-eye view of Max Yasgur’s farm allows groups of visitors to explore the events that unfolded at the Woodstock Festival over three days.
A 6-foot, circular interactive map table recreates the setting and location of Woodstock using a 3-minute time-lapse video animation of the festival; the video combines satellite imagery, altered to capture the 1969 landscape, with detailed animations of the fluctuating weather and crowds over time, all set to an ambient audio soundtrack. Up to six visitors at a time can use interactive stations along the perimeter of the table to explore the fluctuating landscape. With touch screens that serve as track pads, visitors can select every notable location on the festival grounds and discover, through narration, images, videos, and text, what took place over those three eventful days. As returning festival attendees bring more stories back to Bethel, the museum staff has the ability to add additional content to the table through a robust content management system.
Press & AwardsThemed Entertainment Association Thea Awards, Museum, 2009Print Magazine, Creativity & Commerce, Honorable Mention 2009“The Woodstock Culture: A New Museum Examines the 1969 Festival and Its Times,” The Morning Call, Tim Blangger, June 8, 2008
At another display, a floor console offers a bird’s-eye view of the festival grounds with a continuously looping computer animation of the weather for the three-day festival, including the infamous rain storm that briefly halted performances.“The Woodstock Museum: Because You Weren’t There,” The Village Voice, Elena Oumano, June 3, 2008
A rear-projected animated map of the festival site allows six people at a time to call up a wealth of festival information.“Museum Opens at Woodstock Concert Site,” Associated Press, Michael Hill, June 2, 2008
But this is a 21st century museum dominated by sounds and moving images. It’s hard to find a spot where you can’t overhear a crowd chant or a guitar solo pumping from one exhibit or another. There are five interactive exhibits and 20 films playing here, from kiosk shorts to the 50-foot high, wraparound movie that provides a you-are-there version of the concert.“Taking in the Woodstock Museum,” Time Magazine, Richard Lacayo, May 29, 2008
And the museum itself? It’s entertaining and briskly informative...if you visit the museum, which I recommend, here’s what I would do: play with the interactive screens, admire the replica hippie bus, watch the film clips of Jimi Hendrix and Joan Baez and the Who.
- Christian Bannister
- Motion Designer
- Alphonse Swinehart
- Technology Director
- Thomas Wester
- Zach Archer, John Hutchison
- Dave Stawinski
- Production Assistants
- Shane Farrell, Melinda Swenson
- Quality Assurance
- Erica Dillon
- History Associates, Diamond Time
- Sound Design
- Audio Wells
- History Associates
- Dennis Elsas
- A/V Integration
- McCann Systems
- Exhibit Design
- Gallagher & Associates
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