Carnegie Hall in New York City is one of the most prestigious venues in the United States, known for world-class concerts featuring classical, jazz and popular music. 

Since 1891, thousands of musicians, opera singers and pop artists have performed there, many producing stellar live-recording concerts. Among the leading performers have been Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Judy Garland, Harry Belafonte and Carole King. 

Carnegie Hall tour
Tour, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y.
Credit: Courtesy of Fadi Kheir

Carnegie Hall features three auditoriums, seating more than 3,000 people. The Main Hall, called the Isaac Stern Auditorium, seats 2,804 on five levels. It was named after violinist Isaac Stern in 1997 to recognize his efforts to save the hall from demolition in the 1960s.  

Guided tours are available from September through late June at various times each day. 

“Knowledgeable tour guides share more than 125 years of Carnegie Hall history as they walk guests through the landmark building,” said Alison Saltz, associate director of visitor services. 

During the 60- to 75-minute tour, visitors will see the famous Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage from various points of view, walk through Composers Alley, hear the stories behind many of the famous signed photographs of performers hanging on the walls and visit the Rose Museum, where more than 400 Carnegie Hall artifacts are on display.

“When you take a private tour of the legendary Carnegie Hall, you hear stories surrounding this landmark concert venue and discover what makes it a national treasure,” Saltz said. 

Private group tours are available for groups of 20 or more. All tours are wheelchair accessible.

Group discounts at performances are available for 15 or more.

For more on Carnegie Hall call 212-903-9765 or go to

Article by Mira Temkin