Museum Policies and Event Guidelines

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art houses a collection of priceless art, the preservation of which guides all of our operating procedures. Certain restrictions apply regarding decorations and access. A list of guidelines may be obtained by contacting the Special Events Office.

View Policies online here.

1Who can host events at Crystal Bridges?
Any Member of Crystal Bridges may rent the facilities for events. For information about becoming a Member, click here. Businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations may also rent facilities. Museum Corporate Sponsors receive a discount on facility rentals commensurate with their level of sponsorship. For more information on Corporate Sponsorships, click here.
2What type of events can be held at Crystal Bridges?
The Museum is a perfect venue for a wide variety of special events, including, but not limited to: dinners, receptions, meetings, performances or lectures, wedding ceremonies, galas, award ceremonies, and fundraisers.
3My non-profit organization would like to hold a fundraiser at Crystal Bridges. Is this permitted?
Crystal Bridges welcomes fundraising events hosted by non-profit organizations and offers a 15% discount to non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 designation.
4Can my event be the only one happening at the Museum?
Yes, we do offer full Museum rentals for evening events outside of normal Museum public hours. Please see the Entire Museum Package for details.
5Can I have my wedding ceremony at Crystal Bridges?
Yes, Crystal Bridges is a wonderful choice for brides and grooms when planning special luncheons, rehearsal night dinners, wedding ceremonies or all of the above.
6Can I get married on the Crystal Bridges trails?
Yes, but we ask that you schedule your wedding with our Special Events department, and obtain a permit. There is a $50 permit fee for weddings on the grounds.
7What’s included in my rental package?
Tables and chairs and their set-up, as well as basic security and custodial services, are included in all interior rentals. Exterior spaces require furniture rental, which your Special Events representative will be more than happy to arrange for you. Catering, linens, décor, and service staff are not included in any rental. These services may be arranged through the Special Events office.
8Who can provide the food for my event?
Crystal Bridges offers full-service catering for special events held at the Museum. No outside catering is permitted, including food supplied personally by the client, with the exception of wedding cakes. For more information call 479-657-2395, or contact us here.
9Can I bring my own beverages for my event?
Sorry, no outside beverages are permitted. All beverages must be purchased through Crystal Bridges and served by Museum catering staff.
10Can the Museum Store be open during my event?
Depending on the number of guests and your specific needs, the Museum Store may be made available for your guests during your event. Talk with your Special Events representative for more information.
11Does the Museum provide custodial services and security for events?
Yes, your rental fee includes the initial set-up and take-down of Museum equipment and furniture, as well as basic custodial and security needs.
12How early can I arrive to set up for my event?
This depends on the date, time, and nature of your event. Please speak with your Special Events representative to establish your specific set-up time.
13Are there restrictions on decorations that can be used in the Museum?
Yes, for the safety of our collection, certain restrictions apply. Click here
14Can I have my wedding, engagement, or other professional photos taken in the Museum prior to my event?

Yes. Permits are required for professional photography inside the Museum, on Walker Landing, or in the courtyard at the Museum’s lobby level entrance. Photography fees may also apply. No professional photography is permitted in the Museum galleries. Click here for a full listing of photography policies and a permit form.

No permits or fees are required to have outdoor professional photos taken, but we ask that you schedule these sessions through our Special Events office so our Security team may assist with traffic control as necessary.