Paving the way to world class performance since 1962, Lincoln Center invites art savants and newcomers alike to see what it feels like to let art in. Renowned for an eclectic mix of thousands of events held annually and a groundswell of creative energy all throughout the masterfully designed campus, you could come every day of the year and still only scratch the surface.
- 16.3 Acre Complex
- 30 Indoor & Outdoor Facilities
- 11 Resident Arts Organizations
- 5 Mil Visitors Annually
This vibrant Upper West Side neighborhood, home to the world's largest performing arts center, also boasts such renowned educational institutions as the New York Institute of Technology, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, and Fordham University. Much more than a cultural destination, the area also features a bewildering array of shopping and dining options.
Points of Interest:
- Time Warner Center: houses The Shops at Columbus Circle and The Restaurant & Bar Collection, along with Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
- New York Society for Ethical Culture: the society's landmark Art Nouveau building hosts concerts, lectures, and other events
- American Folk Art Museum: boasts a collection of more than seven thousand works by self-taught artists dating from the eighteenth century to the present
- Kaufman Music Center: features Merkin Concert Hall, one of the best chamber music venues in Manhattan
About Lincoln Center
We're happy to answer any additional questions at 212.875.5456
What is Lincoln Center, and what is a resident organization?
The 16.3-acre Lincoln Center complex, the world's leading performing arts center, is home to the 11 resident arts organizations that represent the highest standards of excellence in symphony, opera, chamber music, theater, dance, film, and arts education. Resident organizations are listed in the footer at the bottom of each page.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. (LCPA) serves three primary roles: a resident organization with its own series of artistic programming; a national leader in arts and education and community relations; and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. LCPA presentations, called "Lincoln Center Presents," include American Songbook; Great Performers; Lincoln Center Out of Doors; Midsummer Night Swing; the Mostly Mozart and White Light Festivals; and the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center.
How do I become a member of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts?
To become a member of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., please call our Membership office at 212.875.5443 or send an e-mail to [email protected]. Please visit Support.LincolnCenter.org for more information.
Please contact the membership or development departments of each resident organization to learn more about their membership programs and levels. Information is typically available on their websites as well.
How do I get to Lincoln Center? (Subway/bus/driving directions)
To get to Lincoln Center, you can take the 1 train to 66th Street. You can also take the A, B, C, or D trains to 59th Street–Columbus Circle. By bus, the M5, M7, M10, M11, M66, and M104 buses all stop within one block of Lincoln Center.
For additional information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Visit/Getting-Here.
Is there parking at Lincoln Center? How much does it cost if I’m attending a performance?
There is a parking garage right beneath Lincoln Center plaza, with escalator and elevator access to most theaters.
If you’re attending a performance, non-reserved parking is $44 Sunday–Friday and $49 on Saturday.
To reserve and guarantee a parking spot, there is an additional $5 service charge. We have accessible parking spaces available as well. For reserved parking, use the entrance on Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street.
For non-reserved parking, use the entrance on West 65th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway or West 62nd between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
What are the box office hours?
Box office hours vary by venue:
David Geffen Hall: Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm; Sunday 12:00–6:00 pm
Alice Tully Hall: Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm; Sunday 12:00–6:00 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center: Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm; Sunday 12:00–6:00 pm
Please visit LincolnCenter.org/Visit/BoxOffice for additional box office information.
What free performances are there at Lincoln Center?
Click here to see a listing of all upcoming performances.
Do you offer student discounts?
We do offer student discounts. Learn more here.
What is the dress code for attending an event at Lincoln Center?
There are no dress code requirements at Lincoln Center. For most performances, dress ranges from business casual to formal attire. Evening gowns and tuxedos are generally worn only to gala and special events.
What restaurants are near Lincoln Center?
There are several restaurants on the Lincoln Center campus, including some inside our venues, making them very convenient. You can view them here.
Where can I find the seating charts for Lincoln Center performance halls?
You can view seating charts for Lincoln Center’s primary venues on our website at LincolnCenter.org/Visit/Venues.
What provisions are there for people with disabilities?
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is committed to providing access to the greatest achievements in the performing arts for all visitors through exceptional guest care, physical and programmatic accommodations, and leadership in accessibility and inclusion. All Lincoln Center venues have accessible seating. Among the accommodations offered are braille and large-print programs at LCPA events and performances on campus. Assistive listening devices with headsets and neck loops are available at all Lincoln Center venues. American Sign Language interpretation, captioning, and audio description are available for select performances and upon request.
I have Access-a-Ride dropping me off. What’s the exact address/cross street?
A list of all our theater addresses can be found here: LincolnCenter.org/Visit/Venues.
Can I take a tour of Lincoln Center?
Absolutely! Guided tours of Lincoln Center depart daily from the David Rubenstein Atrium. Get an inside look at what happens on and off the stages of our prestigious venues, which include the Metropolitan Opera House, David Geffen Hall (previously Avery Fisher Hall), David H. Koch Theater (previously New York State Theater), Vivian Beaumont Theater, and the dramatically transformed Alice Tully Hall. Individuals and groups are welcome to get this exclusive view of Lincoln Center. For information, prices, schedules, availability, and reservations, visit our Lincoln Center Tour page.
Does Lincoln Center have a lost and found?
Yes. Our general lost and found department can be reached at 212.875.5520.
For specific venues, please call:
- Metropolitan Opera: 212.799.3100
- David H. Koch Theater or New York City Ballet: 212.870.5569
- Lincoln Center Theater: 212.501.3108/3100
- Juilliard School Security: 212.799.5000 ext.247
- Jazz at Lincoln Center: 212.258.9500
How do I purchase tickets?
You can purchase tickets for any "Lincoln Center Presents" event in person at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall box offices, by phone through CenterCharge, or online. CenterCharge is open daily from 10:00 am–9:00 pm and can be reached at 212.721.6500 or TTY 212.957.1709.
For ticket purchase information to performances by other resident organizations, please visit each resident organization’s website.
May I return or exchange my tickets for another performance?
For “Lincoln Center Presents” programming only subscribers to the Great Performers series may exchange tickets. There are no other exchanges of tickets. You may return your tickets as a Lincoln Center donation and receive a tax deduction for the price of the tickets. Tickets must be received no later than 48 hours before the performance and will be acknowledged by mail. For any additional questions, please call our Guest Services line at 212.875.5456, open 10:00 am–9:00 pm daily.
For other resident organizations, contact the specific organization presenting your event for its ticket exchange policy.
What is a facility fee?
Transactions made online, on the phone, and in person will incur a facility fee of up to $3.50 per ticket. This fee helps to maintain, preserve, and upgrade the facilities managed by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
I purchased my tickets, but they haven’t arrived in the mail. What should I do?
Don’t worry. Your tickets are probably still in the mail. If you have not received tickets by the day of the performance, simply go to the concert hall and receive a seat pass from the Guest Services representative or the House Manager. Representatives will be stationed in the box office lobbies at all Lincoln Center Presents events and will have a list of all ticket purchasers to your concert. The box office can direct you if you need further assistance.
How do I know if a concert has been canceled?
Please call our Guest Services line at 212.875.5456, open 10:00 am–9:00 pm daily for information. Most performances at Lincoln Center occur as scheduled, regardless of the weather. If weather concerns should arise, check with the box office or resident organization where your event is taking place for updates and information.
How do I find out about jobs, internships, or volunteer positions at Lincoln Center?
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts lists its jobs, internships, and volunteer positions online here. You can also visit the websites of our 10 resident organizations to learn what’s available at their workplaces.
How can I be added to the mailing list or request a brochure?
To request a brochure for any "Lincoln Center Presents" event, send an e-mail to [email protected]. To request a brochure from a specific resident organization, go to the list of organizations at the bottom of the page and click on the organization for details.
Can I rent a hall at Lincoln Center?
Yes. To rent one of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ venues, you may speak to our booking office at 212.875.5037 or you can find more information here: YourEvent.LincolnCenter.org/.
Please contact your Lincoln Center resident organization of choice if you are interested in additional spaces.
What is the schedule for the water shows displayed by the Revson Fountain?
Weather and maintenance work permitting, the fountain offers choreographed, five minute-long water shows daily:
- 12:00 pm
- 12:30 pm
- 1:00 pm
- 6:00 pm
- 6:30 pm
- 7:00 pm
- 7:30 pm
- 7:35 pm
- 7:40 pm
- 7:45 pm
- 7:50 pm
Can I bring my young child to a performance?
Please refer to individual resident organization websites for the most up-to-date information on their policies around bringing children to performances. Generally, across campus, children five years and older are allowed at performances. This does not mean, however, that all performances are appropriate for children. If you’re unsure, please check individual organization websites or call for guidance.
Please note that all attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Any individual disrupting the performance in any way will be asked to leave the theater. Across the campus, there are a variety of programs and performances geared towards children and families. Please visit Kids.LincolnCenter.org for more information.
Can I buy a Live From Lincoln Center broadcast on DVD or VHS?
Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts are not available for purchase. Our programs are cleared for broadcast only, and our agreements with artists, guilds, and unions prohibit us from making them available in any other form.
May I display signage or demonstrate in Lincoln Center concert halls?
Out of respect for our artists and audience members who have come to share the live artistic experience, leafleting, handbilling, soliciting, demonstrating, displaying signs, and engaging in other activities inconsistent with the events in the concert halls are prohibited.
We reserve the right to ask any individual disrupting the performance to leave the theater.
Does Lincoln Center offer any performance opportunities for student ensembles?
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts offers a great number of community programs, including Young Music Makers, which provides free performance opportunities for school-aged music ensembles at various outdoor locations on the Lincoln Center campus. These opportunities are typically available between March and June. For information on registration and logistics of the Young Music Makers program, please visit the Young Music Makers webpage.
You can find out about performance opportunities for your group by sending an e-mail to [email protected].