Museum at Bethel Woods
Bethel Woods Triptychs
LocationMuseum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, NY
Exhibition DesignGallagher & Associates
A three-part suite of installations paint the soundscapes of music that preceded, defined, and descended from the Woodstock Festival.
A free-flowing model of interactivity puts the music up front in this triptych of interactive music stations. One station introduces the music of the 1960s to illuminate the musical backdrop leading up to 1969; another showcases the songs and bands of 1969, including the complete performance schedule of Woodstock; and the third allows visitors to explore the musical landscape regarded as the legacy of the festival and its cultural impact. The unusual, undulating interface lets people rapidly browse genres, themes, and years to scan the sounds of the Sixties and beyond, or follow narrated tour tracks through highlights in each period. Backend database tools allow the center’s staff to add visitor-suggested songs and other content to these interactives.
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 with Breathing Space,” Sydney Morning Herald, Ian Munro, May 30, 2008
Much of the exhibition is interactive. Visitors can lose themselves in front of touch-screens that replay songs from the era. It is possible to hear music’s evolution year by year, from 1960 to 1968, with hits from folk and country, pop, rock and rhythm and blues. The pivotal year, 1969, is afforded its own musical encyclopedia so visitors can experience the palette from which Woodstock’s creators worked.“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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- Thomas Wester
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