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Carnegie Hall FAQs

Is Carnegie Hall open? What do I wear to a concert? When do I clap? Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, and discover how to make the most of your concert experience.

Is Carnegie Hall open?

After Carnegie Hall’s only extended closure in 130 years, in-person concerts are scheduled to resume in October 2021. We promise to be your trusted partner as we welcome you back to the Hall, ensuring you return with the confidence that safety and flexibility are our first priorities. Read our commitment to you. In an effort to be transparent and support Carnegie Hall’s ability to offer live programming, all visitors are required to read and accept this COVID-19 Liability Waiver before purchasing tickets.

Where is the Hall located?

Carnegie Hall is located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.
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What should I wear to a concert?

Carnegie Hall has no specific dress code—the most important thing is that you are comfortable. Wearing business attire on weeknights or more casual outfits are just the thing

When do I applaud?

Participating in a rousing ovation at the concert’s end is thrilling, but sharing your excitement between movements of a classical work might distract the artists. If you are unsure about when to applaud, a good rule of thumb is to follow the lead of other audience members.

May I take photos?

Who wouldn’t want to keep a visual memory of a visit to Carnegie Hall? However, please remember that photos can only be taken with handheld devices when the performance isn’t in progress. Photographic, sound, or video recording of any performance without the written permission of Carnegie Hall is strictly prohibited. Unauthorized photographs, video, or other recordings may be deleted at Carnegie Hall’s discretion.

What am I hearing tonight?

A great way to learn about the music you are going to hear begins with a visit to the specific event’s webpage for Carnegie Hall Presents concerts. There you can find a list of the works being performed, program notes about the music, artist biographies, and even audio samples. It’s the best way to get a head start on your Carnegie Hall visit.

What was that encore?

Satisfy your curiosity and find out what was performed at the conclusion of your Carnegie Hall Presents concert by visiting the specific event’s webpage. If there was an encore, it will be listed there within a few days after the concert.

Will I be able to have a snack and a drink?

Food and beverages are permitted in the Hall’s lobby spaces, but not inside its seating areas. Though the Weill Café in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Parterre Bar in Zankel Hall, and Jacobs Room in Weill Recital Hall are currently closed, you are welcome to bring your own food and beverages.

How do I learn about Carnegie Hall history?

Since its opening in 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence, welcoming artists and audiences from around the world. Information from the Hall’s Rose Archives is currently available online, including details about more than 45,000 events.
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Can I take a tour of Carnegie Hall?

In-person tours have been temporarily suspended. Confirmed tour dates will be published on our website as they become available.
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May I bring children to an event at Carnegie Hall?

Please use discretion when bringing children to Carnegie Hall events. Adults must accompany children, and all concertgoers—including children and infants—must have a ticket or a confirmed RSVP. For younger audiences, programs specifically designed for families are recommended, including early childhood concerts (ages 0–2), Family Days (ages 3–10), and Family Concerts (ages 4–8).

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

The answer to this question inspired a well-known joke. The punch line is often attributed to violinist Jascha Heifetz or pianist Arthur Rubinstein, sometimes to an anonymous musician or taxi driver, and once even to a beatnik, who, in a 1960 telling, replied “Practice, man, practice.” At some point, the line was given a triple flourish: “Practice, practice, practice.”

Is there a gift shop?

The Carnegie Hall Shop is located off the Blavatnik Family First Tier (second floor) of Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The Shop is open before and after concerts in Stern/Perelman. Shop online any time at shop.carnegiehall.org.
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