The permanent collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art spans five centuries, featuring masterworks by artists from Colonial times through today. The collection on view in the Museum’s main galleries is arranged chronologically, providing guests with an overview of both the art and the history of America. A year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions enhances the guest experience of the Museum’s permanent collection by providing opportunities to enjoy traveling exhibitions from other institutions, or special presentations of artworks from our own and other museum collections, organized by Crystal Bridges.

Exhibitions On View


Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention

January 23 through April 18, 2016

Gallery of the Louvre is a painting of visual and technical complexity, bringing together Morse’s artistic and scientific pursuits and revealing an adoration of the old masters as well as the artist’s Calvinist worldview and conservative cultural politics.

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Current Exhibitions

Changing Perspectives of Native Americans

Admission Free

The artworks in this focused exhibition—created by both European and Euro-American artists—reflect shifting attitudes toward Native Americans over the course of the nineteenth century.

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Building Crystal Bridges

Through 2015

Displayed in six cases in the Museum’s Great Hall Corridor, Building Crystal Bridges explore the surprising stories behind the conception, design, and construction of this unique museum.

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Upcoming Exhibitions


The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip

February 27 through May 30, 2016

With 100+ images, The Open Road features 19 photographers on the move across America from the 1950s to today. Celebrate the great American road trip with this don’t-miss exhibition, debuting at Crystal Bridges.

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American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum
July 2 through September 19, 2016

The Art of American Dance: 1830-1960
October 22, 2016 through January 16, 2017