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Carnegie Hall FAQs

What do I wear? 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.

Where is Carnegie Hall?

Carnegie Hall is located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue

What should I wear?

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! We also offer a coat check with a $2-per-item charge.

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.

How can I learn more about the program?

Selected Carnegie Hall presentations begin with pre-concert talks to guide you through the music you are about to hear, providing an entertaining and enlightening look at the repertoire and composers before the performances even begin. Arrive one hour early for these talks—free for all ticket holders—and visit our website for speaker updates and additions to the season’s offerings.
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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?

Before concerts and during intermissions, enjoy delectable nibbles and drinks from Constellation Culinary Group at the Weill Café in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, the Parterre Bar in Zankel Hall, and the Jacobs Room in Weill Recital Hall. You are also welcome to bring your own food and beverages. Please note that food and beverages are permitted in concession areas within the Hall’s lobby spaces, but not inside its seating areas. For Carnegie Hall presentations in Zankel Hall that start at 9 PM or later, arrive up to one hour before the performance—the first 200 concertgoers receive a voucher for a free drink!
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Can I have a post-concert drink?

After Carnegie Hall Presents events in Weill Recital Hall, join us in the Jacobs Room for a free drink, where you can meet people who love music—and love to discuss it—as much as you do. You may also get to chat with the evening’s musicians, who drop by from time to time.
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How do I learn about Carnegie Hall history?

From Ella Fitzgerald’s eyeglasses to Benny Goodman’s clarinet, more than 400 items are on display in the Rose Museum as part of The History of Carnegie Hall, a comprehensive exhibit that looks back on the outstanding music and events since the Hall’s opening in 1891. Located on the second floor of Carnegie Hall, the Rose Museum is free to the public and open daily, 11 AM–4:30 PM. It is also accessible before concerts and during intermissions of events in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

Can I take a tour of Carnegie Hall?

Enjoy an insider’s view as knowledgeable and friendly tour guides share more than 127 years of Carnegie Hall history. During the 60–75 minute tour, visitors will see the famous Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage from various points of view, walk through the Composers’ Gallery, hear the stories behind many of the famous signed photographs of performers hanging on the walls, and much more.
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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 Artur 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. While the Shop is temporarily closed to the public, we are still fulfilling all online orders.
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