Museum Architecture

Crystal Bridges was designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, who envisioned a building that would complement the surrounding Ozark landscape. Nestled into a natural ravine, the Museum integrates the element of water on the site through the creation of two spring-fed ponds that are spanned by two signature bridge structures and surrounded by a group of pavilions housing Museum galleries and studios.

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Listen as Crystal Bridges founder and board chair Alice Walton talks with architect Moshe Safdie.

Frank Lloyd Wright

In 2013, Crystal Brides acquired a classic “Usonian” house designed by celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed in 1954. Known as the Bachman Wilson House, the structure is being dismantled at its original site in Somerset County, New Jersey, to be reconstructed on the Museum grounds overlooking Crystal Spring. The house will be open for public viewing in 2015.

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Museum Store Architecture

Architect Marlon Blackwell designed the Museum Store at Crystal Bridges to be an organic complement to the Museum’s natural setting and distinctive architecture. Under a living green roof, the interior ceiling and walls are lined with undulating cherrywood ribs that mimic the fluting on the underside of a mushroom. Blackwell practices architecture in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as distinguished professor and department head in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Museum Store

Architecture Blog

  • Photo by Marc F. Henning
University of Arkansas architecture students delivering and installing a scale replica of the Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman House on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. College Ambassadors Reach Out - As a social work major at the University of Arkansas, I joined the Crystal Bridges College Ambassador (CBCA) program one year ago in an effort to broaden my extracurricular involvement and try something new.  The College Ambassadors are a group of undergraduate students from schools throughout Arkansas who meet at Crystal Bridges biweekly to learn about... Read more »
  • A view of the back of the Bachman Wilson House under reconstruction. This side will have floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of Crystal Spring. Bachman Wilson House Update - Anyone who has visited Crystal Bridges’ South Lawn in the past few weeks has observed the back wall of the Bachman Wilson House as it has gradually risen into view over the construction fence. It may have been something of a let-down, as this gray, cinder-block wall does not have much of a “Frank Lloyd... Read more »
  • Crystal Spring, April Get the Big Picture - Free Drop-in Guided Tours are a popular offering at Crystal Bridges. Our friendly, knowledgeable Tour Guides offer one-hour tours on a number of topics: Collection Highlights focuses on the “greatest hits” in each of the galleries; Inspiring Women looks at women as both artist and subject; the Architecture Tour is an indoor/outdoor tour showcasing Moshe... Read more »

Architecture Tour

Every Saturday and Sunday, 4:00 p.m.
Learn more about the architecture of Crystal Bridges. This hour-long Architecture Tour will introduce you to the unique architectural features of Moshe Safdie’s design, and provide insights into some of the special challenges the Museum’s site posed to engineers. Meet in the lower lobby. Note: This is an indoor/outdoor tour, weather permitting. An alternate indoor route is offered in case of inclement weather. No tickets necessary. Each tour accommodates a maximum of 15 participants. Tour begins in the lower lobby. Please arrive five minutes in advance.