The Museum, founded in 2005 by Alice Walton who chairs the board of directors, takes its name from nearby Crystal Spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building design by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall.
Crystal Bridges is building its permanent collection through the efforts of its professional staff as well as important gifts from private collectors such as Alice Walton and others. The collection features American masterworks dating from the Colonial era to contemporary times and will be on view to the public year-round.
The Museum also displays a changing array of special exhibitions featuring art from museums and collections throughout the region, the nation, and abroad.
Surrounded by 120 acres of forests and gardens, Crystal Bridges offers a revitalizing environment for experiencing art and cultural events. The grounds are a place of natural and artistic beauty, equally suited for quiet reflection and exploring with family and friends. Six pedestrian and multi-use trails wind through the campus, connecting the surrounding neighborhoods, parks, and downtown Bentonville to the Museum.
As a place of community, Crystal Bridges is designed to create connections – to art, to nature, and to others. Our educational programs bring to life works of art for guests of all ages. Annual events and festivals bring families and individuals together for new experiences.
In addition to expanding access to art and learning resources, Crystal Bridges has far-reaching economic and cultural impact for Northwest Arkansas.