Woodstock museum marks festival's 40th anniversary

ByRebecca Heslin, USA TODAY
March 26, 2009, 10:59 PM

— -- If you can't remember it, you might have been there: This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

To kick off the commemoration, The Museum at Bethel Woods — at the site of the famous fest — opens a exhibit chockablock with rock 'n' roll relics courtesy of Hard Rock International. The exhibition titled "Rock Heroes: Selections from Hard Rock International Music Memorabilia Collection" will showcase authentic artifacts from Woodstock beginning Saturday through the end of May.

Get a good look at the guitar played and later smashed at Woodstock by Pete Townshend or the custom Les Paul one owned and signed by Neil Young. A red velvet vest worn by Jimi Hendrix will be displayed, as well as Joe Cocker's signed blue blazer and a black and copper shirt worn on stage by Sly Stone. A Woodstock-themed motorcycle courtesy of Orange County Choppers will be on display throughout the year.

Until May 23, the museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and after that it's open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets: adults $13; seniors $11; ages 8-11 $9; ages 3-7 $4; children under 2 free. Visit bethelwoodscenter.org or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 for more information and ticket sales.

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