The Ravinia Music Box features an immersive, 65-seat, wraparound holographic theater with a museum gallery space, created by BRC Imagination Arts, the experience design and production company behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Ryman Auditorium Backstage Tour in Nashville, among many other projects. The building features exhibits and experiences that help to further Ravinia’s mission to develop broader and more diverse audiences for classical music.
The Ravinia Music Box—recently named a Gold Winner at the Muse Awards for Creativity—is open at all Pavilion concerts, from gate opening to intermission, with shows starting every 20 minutes from the top of the hour. Admission is free to all patrons in the park. Guests should allow 30 minutes to experience the complete theater program and exhibition gallery when entering.
Bernstein’s Answer is an immersive theater experience that celebrates the legacy of Leonard Bernstein, launched by a decade-long collaboration with the festival’s leadership, board, staff, and donors, as well as Jamie Bernstein—the eldest daughter of the iconic American musical, social, and cultural leader.
The goal of the project is to introduce—in an engaging, fun, and interactive way—new listeners to classical music, as well as to offer new insights to those who are already fans. The experience is open to all ages and is sure to delight and engage everyone who enters.
Nearly 60 years ago, rock and roll was reenergized by four lads from Liverpool, England. The Beatles’ arrival in North America sparked an explosion across pop culture, from fashion, art, and advertising to myriad media, including, of course, music. On display in this exhibit are many Beatles-related artifacts from early 1964 through mid-1966—the years Beatlemania ran rampant on this side of the Atlantic—such as correspondence, instruments, posters, handwritten setlists, clothing, and photographs, plus kid-friendly interactive elements like a virtual drumming lesson from Ringo Starr.
Visit the gallery after experiencing Bernstein’s Answer for insights into how and why these musicians who Bernstein adored for their “utterly fresh lyrics and Schubert-like flow of musical intonation” impacted America in the 1960s and beyond.
INSTALLATION CURATED BY THE GRAMMY® MUSEUM AND FAB FOUR EXHIBITS
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During Ravinia’s summer concert season, the Ravinia Music Box is open on all nights with an event in the Pavilion, from the time the park opens until intermission, with shows starting every 20 minutes from the top of the hour. Unless otherwise noted on the webpage for an event, the experience center is not open at events in the Martin Theatre, Bennett Gordon Hall, or Carousel.
During the school year, the Ravinia Music Box is available for field trips.
Admission is included with your concert ticket! Check in at the door to the Ravinia Music Box. Valid Ravinia park admission is required for entry.
The building is located just north of the Dining Pavilion, facing the northernmost section of the Lawn and near the park’s north gate. The entrance is on the ground level. See the location (#4) on the park map.
There are no current state or local mandates in place. However, guests are encouraged to mask to their own comfort level.
No food or drink (except water) is allowed in the building. The Ravinia Music Box is open to all ages.
The Ravinia Music Box is a timed program, and the gallery is only accessible to guests who have gone through the immersive theater experience.