Museum at Bethel Woods
Where Were You Then?
LocationMuseum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, NY
Exhibition DesignGallagher & Associates
Many who attended Woodstock make pilgrimages back to the site of the Festival, and in this interactive booth visitors can archive their memories and stories for others to hear.
An easy-to-use recording booth station allows visitors to record stories related to the Woodstock experience, in sound or in print, and attach digital photographs of themselves to the stories they’ve created. Contributions from participants can be browsed by theme or searched by name or date, allowing museum visitors to gain unique insights from festival-goers and hear or read comments from younger generations.
Press & AwardsThemed Entertainment Association Thea Awards, Museum, 2009Print Magazine, Creativity & Commerce, Honorable Mention 2009“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.“Woodstock Gets a High-Tech Museum,” New York Daily News, David Hinckley, June 1, 2008
The last exhibit covers Woodstock’s legacy. Visitors can summon dozens of films with a touch, and at the end they can tell their own stories. Veterans can relate their own Woodstock experiences.“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.
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- Technology Director
- Thomas Wester
- John Hutchison
- Dave Stawinski
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- Shane Farrell, Melinda Swenson
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- Erica Dillon
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- Exhibit Design
- Gallagher & Associates