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 Festival; 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 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 at AboutLincolnCenter.org. You can also contact the Human Resources Department for more information by emailing [email protected]. Please contact the Human Resources departments of each resident organization for their job listings
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 staff at 212.875.5443 or send an email to [email protected]. You can create an account on this site and click on "Purchase Memberships."
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.
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
Does Lincoln Center offer any performance opportunities for student ensembles?
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. 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.
Can my school or community group perform at Lincoln Center?
You can find out about performance opportunities for your group by sending an email to [email protected].
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 email 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 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.
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 accommodations are Braille and Large Print programs at LCPA events and mainly 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 is available for select performances and upon request.
I lost something at the concert. Is there a Lost and Found Department?
Our Lost and Found Department can be reached at 212.875.5520.
Can I take a tour of Lincoln Center?
Begin your exploration of Lincoln Center at the David Rubenstein Atrium, the starting point for all guided tours. 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 the David Rubenstein Atrium website.
Tour guests are welcome to bring bags or purses that are 12” x 12” x 12” or less on our tours.
Bags larger than 12” x 12” x 12” and all hard-sided bags/containers are not permitted on tours. There is no storage area for these items, so please leave them elsewhere before arriving at the David Rubenstein Atrium for your tour. Please note: No exceptions will be made.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to make Lincoln Center secure for all of our guests, employees, and artists.
When is the box office open?
Click on the Box Offices at the top of this page for a list of box offices and hours.
What about student tickets?
Complete information about student discounts can be found on our Student Discounts 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.
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.
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.
Can I see the seating charts for Lincoln Center performance halls?
Seating maps can be found by navigating to Venues section of this page. Seating charts for the Metropolitan Opera may be viewed on their website.
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.
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.
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 5 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.
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.