Bernstein at 100 Museum Exhibit

Free to all concertgoers, the exhibit features such unique artifacts as his childhood piano, notated scores, costumes, and interactive displays.


Leonard Bernstein at 100
celebrates the centennial of America's greatest classical composer and conductor. Drawing from more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture, and films, Leonard Bernstein at 100 marks the official exhibit of the centennial and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein's life and career ever staged in a museum setting.

Items on display include:

• Bernstein's conductor baton
• Bernstein's first childhood piano
• The desk used to compose West Side Story
• Handwritten score sheets for songs from West Side Story, including "America," "Tonight," and "Maria"
• And more

 

 

In addition to the objects and the multimedia presentations, the exhibit includes a number of interactive displays designed to give the visitor insight into Bernstein's creative mind. A listening bar enables visitors to explore some of Bernstein's most noted works, and a vocal booth gives visitors the chance to sing lead in West Side Story. Other interactive experiences are included as well, such as one that gives you the opportunity to step into Bernstein's shoes and lead the New York Philharmonic. There are Bernstein home movies, GRAMMY performances, interviews with contemporaries and colleagues, clips of his most noted stage works, segments taken from Bernstein's famous Young People's Concerts, and performances with the New York Philharmonic.

Leonard Bernstein at 100 was curated by the GRAMMY Museum in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Bernstein Family. Presented in cooperation with the Bernstein Family, The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc., Brandeis University, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The exhibit is free to visit for those with tickets to a Ravinia concert. Admission is only open for concertgoers.
The exhibit is located in Ravinia's newly opened Associates Board Gallery in the brand-new RaviniaMusicBox Experience Center, which is located on the North Lawn. See the location on this park map.
The exhibit and the Associates Board Gallery will be open from the time the park opens every night until the concert begins on days with a Pavilion concert. The Bernstein at 100 exhibit runs until September 15, 2019, the final concert night of the Ravinia 2019 season.
No food or drink is allowed into the gallery.