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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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Learn More about Moshe Safdie

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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

  • safdie AIA Gold Medalists at Crystal Bridges - We are delighted to announce that Moshe Safdie, the world-renowned architect who designed Crystal Bridges, has been awarded the 2015 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects.   The AIA’s announcement notes that “The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, is considered to be the profession’s highest honor that an individual can receive. The... Read more »
  • Aerial view of Crystal Bridges. Photo:  Timothy Hursley Happy Anniversary! - Happy 11/11! What’s so great about a line of ones?  It marks the third anniversary of the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on November 11, 2011. They say good things come in threes, and this year, we have to agree. Each year so far, our galleries have welcomed some 500,000 guests. That... Read more »
  • web_slider Light Night: Looking to the Past to Prepare for the Future - When I attended Sam Green’s Illustrated Lecture The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller for my adult programs internship at Crystal Bridges, I realized I have so much more to learn in this life through the many discoveries to be found at the Museum. Even though I’ve seen the geodesic dome structure, I had never... 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.