Plans for the center took shape in 1954, at a time when the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the Juilliard School were all in need of new facilities. Today, Lincoln Center is the largest performing arts complex in the United States, bounded by 66th St, Columbus Ave, 62nd St, and Amsterdam Ave. It has become nationally and internationally known through broadcasts of public radio and television programs such as “Live from Lincoln Center.”
Lincoln Center is one of the most popular attractions in New York City, drawing over 5 million persons a year to its events.
The Lincoln Center complex includes:
Alice Tully Hall
Home to Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Film Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center and hosts many other concerts and recitals.
Avery Fisher Hall
Home of New York Philharmonic and the Mostly Mozart Festival.
Juilliard is generally regarded as the leading conservatory of music in North America. Among the better known students have been Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Paul Taylor, and Richard Rodgers.
Metropolitan Opera House
Home of the Metropolitan Opera also hosts visiting opera and ballet companies, such as American Ballet Theater.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Its research divisions comprise the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, the Billy Rose Theater Collection, the world’s largest dance archive, and a large music division. Seven exhibition spaces display materials related to music and dance.
New York State Theater
Home of New York City Opera and New York City Ballet.
Vivian Beaumont & Mitzi E. Newhouse Theaters
Home of Lincoln Center Theater Company.
Telephone: 1(212) 875-5000
Bus: M5, M7, M10, M11, M20, M66, M104
Subway: to 66 St-Lincoln Ctr
Admission: Ticket prices vary for performances. No charge to public areas.
Guided Tour of Lincoln Center:
A behind-the-scenes look at some of the most celebrated performing arts institutions in the world. The tour includes visits to the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall (home of the New York Philharmonic) and the New York State Theater (New York City Ballet).
Reservations (made at least one day in advance) are suggested for these one-hour tours. The tour meets on the concourse level of the Metropolitan Opera House. Arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to tour time. For reservations, call 1(212) 875-5351.
Tour Hours: Daily 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm No tours on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Tour Prices: $9.50; $8 students and seniors; $4.75 children *
Location: Columbus Ave between 62 & 66 Streets
Nearby Places of Interest:
- American Museum of Folk Art
- ABC Television Studios
- Columbus Avenue Boutiques
- New York Historical Society
- American Museum of Natural History
- Rose Center for Earth and Space
- Central Park
- Upper West Side
Advisory: Many Saturday afternoons, the Metropolitan Opera House is not part of the Lincoln Center Tour because a matinee performance is in progress. Call ahead to learn which theaters will be included the day and time you plan to go.
* Prices subject to change