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Group Tours at Crystal Bridges

A museum volunteer welcomes a group in the Museum's lower lobby before beginning a guided tour.

A museum volunteer welcomes a group in the Museum's lower lobby before beginning a guided tour.

There are many ways to experience Crystal Bridges.  You might be surprised how many people choose to visit the Museum as part of an organized Group Tour.  These groups make plans months, even years in advance, and many purchase a package deal that includes a guided tour of the galleries and/or trails, plus lunch.  Crystal Bridges has a host of dedicated volunteers who serve as guides for these tours.  Here, Group Tour Manager Randy Graham gives an overview of what services are available for group visiting Crystal Bridges. –LD

IMG_3118Over 375 tour groups have visited Crystal Bridges in the first seven months of 2013. They have come from all across the country, and many have already made return trips, bringing even more visitors to experience the art, nature, and architecture of Crystal Bridges.

Who brings groups to Crystal Bridges? Along with tour operators, there have been groups from churches, banks, family reunions, social clubs, corporate events, and more. The staff in the Group Tour Department will work with you to create the perfect experience for your group.

A museum volunteer welcomes a group in the Museum's lower lobby before beginning a guided tour.

A museum volunteer welcomes a group in the Museum’s lower lobby before beginning a guided tour.

Groups of 10 or more have several options when visiting. Self-Guided Tours of the permanent collection have no fee with general admission sponsored by Walmart. Private Guided Tours are $10.00 per person, with several themed tour options available including:

Collection Highlights – This tour visits some of the best-known names in American art. • Inspiring Women – Take a look at women in the art world, both as artists and subjects. • Crystal Bridges Experience – An overview of the architecture, grounds, and the permanent art collection. • Architectural Tour – A look at the Architecture of Crystal Bridges. • Trail Tour – For those who desire an outdoor experience.

chicken salad Hungry? Let us set up a preset meal for your group in our restaurant Eleven, or a box lunch in your own private room. We even offer gift cards you can pre-purchase for your group which can be used at Eleven, the Coffee Shop, and the Museum Store.

Coming SoonThe Artist’s Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection – November 9, 2013 through February 3, 2014. Groups booking a private guided tour of the permanent collection will receive free tickets to view the Stieglitz Collection.

Guided tours and group meals must be coordinated with the Group Tours Department a minimum of 14 days in advance. For more information, visit the group tours page on our website or contact Randy Graham, Group Tour Manager, at 479-418-5746 or [email protected]

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