Woodstock ’69 Artifacts Showcased in Museum 50 Years Later

The famous three-day concert kicked off Aug. 15, 1969, in Bethel, New York

What to Know

  • Jay-Z, Dead & Company and the Killers will headline one of the anniversary shows commemorating the groundbreaking Woodstock festival
  • The Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair will take place Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles northwest of the original site
  • Tickets for the three-day festival pushing the message of peace, love and music go on sale April 22, which is Earth Day

A motorcycle, a bass guitar and speakers are among 170 artifacts from the 1969 Woodstock festival showcased in a new museum exhibit opening this weekend at the site of the festival in upstate New York.

The Museum at Bethel Woods opens for the 2019 season Saturday with an exhibit marking the concert's 50th anniversary.

The exhibit includes instruments, clothing, equipment, art and photography. Highlights include a bass guitar from Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and handwritten lyrics for "Goin' Up the Country" by Alan Wilson of Canned Heat.

A motorcycle driven by Woodstock promoter Michael Lang and part of the Woodstock stage will also be on display.

The famous three-day concert kicked off Aug. 15, 1969, in Bethel, New York.

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