Open House New York: Naumburg Bandshell

Explore Central Park’s “Temple of Music”! Head backstage for an exceptional view of this gorgeous structure—and get a fascinating glimpse into the Park’s past.

10:00 am—4:00 pm
Free, no registration required

Join Open House New York and the Central Park Conservancy for a rare look inside the Naumburg Bandshell, the only Neoclassical building located in Central Park. Dubbed “The Temple of Music,” the Bandshell was built in 1923 to provide a larger and more modern music facility for the Mall, which had been hosting musical performances since the 1860s. Today, it’s still home to the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, one of the oldest free outdoor classical concert series in the world.

But there’s more to the Naumburg than meets the audience’s eye… This weekend only, visitors will find the backstage portion of the Bandshell unlocked and open for exploration. Come check out its inner dressing rooms and take a bow on its photogenic stage! Conservancy guides will also be on hand to answer questions and share information about this fascinating landmark’s history and recent restoration.


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At this time, the Conservancy does not require visitors to wear masks. However, all participants should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they feel unwell.

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