• Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Crystal Bridges Trails and Grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily.
  • Buckyball:
    Leo Villareal’s sculpture, Buckyball, is illuminated from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. The light display changes from the white-light daytime sequence to a vibrantly colored evening sequence shortly after dark.
  • Skyspace: James Turrell’s Skyspace, The Way of Color, located on the Art Trail, is open for the sunrise experience every morning approximately 30 to 45 minutes before sunrise. Precise times vary according to the time of year. The sunset experience begins about 10 minutes before sunset. Seating in the Skyspace is limited. Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early to secure a seat. Each experience takes about 30 to 40 minutes.

There is NO COST to view the Museum’s permanent collection, which is on view year- round.
General admission to Crystal Bridges is sponsored by Walmart.


Upcoming Programs & Events

The Museum offers year-round programming for all ages, including lectures, art-making workshops, films, gallery talks, and special events. In addition, Crystal Bridges offers professional development for teachers and educational programming for K-12 school groups designed to fit with Common Core standards.

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Programs & Series



8 Must-See Collection Highlights

Don't miss these well-loved artworks in our permanent collection!



 
By Car

The Museum is located on Museum Way, off NE J Street in Bentonville, Arkansas. If you are entering Bentonville from Interstate 49, take exit 88 and go west on Central Avenue. Travel .3 miles and turn right onto John DeShields Boulevard. After you cross NE J Street, DeShields becomes Museum Way which takes you to the Museum entrance and parking garage.

On Foot or Bicycle

The Museum is accessible via the paved Orchard Trail from Orchards Park. You may also walk or bike to the Museum via the paved Crystal Bridges Trail, part of the City of Bentonville trail system. From the Bentonville Downtown Square follow the Crystal Bridges Trail to the Art Trail, which passes by the Skyspace sculpture The Way of Color, by James Turrell, and ends at the Museum’s south entrance. Cyclists, please ride slowly, as this trail has a grade of up to 9%.

There are bicycle racks at the Museum’s south entrance and in the Museum parking lot.

Flying into Bentonville

Direct Routes to XNA

If you are traveling on commercial airlines, we encourage you to fly into Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). Rental cars and limousine service are available from XNA.

If you are traveling by private aircraft, you can fly into the Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT) which is only 3 miles from Crystal Bridges. The airport can handle all general aviation aircraft up to light jets. Larger private aircraft can fly into Beaver Lake Aviation (BVA), or Rogers Municipal Airport(KROG).

GPS Address

The Museum’s GPS coordinates are: 36.379124, -94.196584 (+36° 22′ 44.85″, -94° 11′ 47.72″)

Parking and Drop off

Complimentary parking is available in the Museum parking garage. Follow the signs on Museum Way. The parking garage offers ADA compliant parking. During especially busy days, guests may need to park in the Additional Parking lot on Museum Way near the guard station, or at Orchards Park across NE J Street, and walk to the Museum entrance via the Orchard Trail.

The Museum’s main drive connects to a drop-off area at the Museum entrance. Cars and buses may stop here to load and unload passengers. No parking is allowed in this area.

There is no RV parking available on the Crystal Bridges grounds. RVs may park at Orchards Park.

Shuttle Stop at the Hydration Station

The Coca-Cola Hydration Station is a covered pavilion located at the Museum’s Additional Parking lot near the Orchards Trail. The Hydration Station will serve as a shelter for Crystal Bridges guests awaiting the museum’s shuttle to the main entrance. It also houses vending machines offering Coca-Cola, Dasani, Powerade and other beverages to refresh thirsty museum guests and those walking the Crystal Bridges trails.



Regional Resources

Northwest Arkansas is easily accessible by plane and by car. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is served by several international airlines. Other metropolitan areas such as Tulsa, Little Rock, Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, and Dallas are within a half-day’s drive.

While you’re here visiting the Museum, be sure to check out the rest of what Northwest Arkansas has to offer. Music, theater, restaurants, shopping, sports, outdoor activities, and attractions abound.

Exploring more of Arkansas during your visit? Discover what you can see and do in the Natural State.

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Guest Services

Located in the Museum’s main lobby, Guest Services is your resource for many museum amenities and services, including Lost and Found, maps, brochures, self-guided and audio tours, and information about guided tours and educational programs. Guests may also purchase tickets for special exhibitions and events here.

Checkroom
Large items, including backpacks, backpack-style child carriers, tripods, umbrellas, or any package or other item larger than 11 x 15″ are not allowed in the galleries and should be left in the checkroom. Self-service checkrooms are located in the lower lobby (one level down from the main lobby), and adjacent to the south lobby. Lockers are provided for your valuables at no charge.
Child Carriers
Front carriers are allowed in the galleries, as are sling-style child carriers. Backpack style carriers are not permitted. Those can be stored in the checkroom during your visit.
Digital Resources
Crystal Bridges offers several technological resources our guests can access here at the Museum, out on the trails, or at home.
Nursing Mothers
On the first floor near the Great Hall there is a private room that can be used, when it is available, by nursing mothers who prefer a private setting. Please ask a Museum security officer or Guest Services for access.
Restroom
There are restrooms in the following locations, with family restrooms and changing stations available at each. Consult your Museum map for exact locations.
  • lower lobby
  • between the Lower Temporary Exhibitions Gallery and Early
  • Twentieth-Century Art Gallery
  • reflection area between the Early Twentieth-Century and Twentieth-Century Art Galleries
  • the Community Showcase corridor near the south lobby in the Library
Wheelchairs
Guests are welcome to bring their own wheelchairs (motorized or non-motorized). A limited number of wheelchairs are available from Guest Services on a first-come, first-served basis, at no cost.
WiFi
Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in all the indoor public spaces.

Museum Guidelines

Some Dos and Don’ts to help make visiting Crystal Bridges as enjoyable as possible for all our guests.

Conduct
Crystal Bridges is committed to the principles of welcoming, sharing, and respect for all. The Museum reserves the right to refuse admission to or eject any person whose conduct the Museum deems to be disorderly or abusive or who fails to comply with these or other Museum rules.
Food & Drink
Food, drinks, chewing gum, and water bottles are not allowed in Museum galleries, common areas, or the Museum Store. Please enjoy a meal at Eleven, or a snack at the coffee bar located off the lobby. Box lunches may be ordered from Eleven to eat at tables provided outside on Walker Landing. Picnicking is encouraged on Museum trails and grounds, including in the Rock Ledge and Tulip Tree shelters. We ask that guests not bring coolers, chairs, or other gear onto Walker Landing.
Mobile Phones
Please limit mobile phone conversations to non-gallery spaces, lobbies, restaurant, or Museum grounds. If you are using your phone to participate in Museum audio tours, headphones or earbuds are encouraged in galleries. Earbuds are available for purchase at Guest Services.
Pets
Leashed pets are welcome on the Museum trails and grounds, but are not permitted inside the building or on Walker Landing.
Photography
You are welcome to take photographs or video of works in the permanent collection for personal use provided that no tripod/monopod or flash is used. Temporary exhibitions may not allow photography. Please check for signage about restrictions as you enter a temporary exhibition, or ask a Gallery Guide. Permits are required for professional portrait photography or video inside the Museum. To ensure a positive experience for you, while maintaining a pleasant experience for our many guests, please be aware of the rules and guidelines, provided below. Photo/Video Guidelines
Promotional Photography Notice / Implied Consent
Visiting Crystal Bridges or participating in Crystal Bridges’ programs constitutes an agreement by the guest or participant and/or the parent or guardian to allow the Museum to photograph or film guests or program participants, without compensation, for possible use in publicity.
Sketching
Sketching with pencils or colored pencils is permitted. Easels are not permitted.
Smoking
Crystal Bridges campus is tobacco-free except for designated smoking areas: the area west of the South Entrance.
Weapons
No weapons are permitted on the Museum campus.


Accessibility

All interior spaces of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—including galleries, classrooms, meeting rooms, restaurant, Museum Store, Library, and lobby—are fully wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. The parking garage offers ADA compliant parking on the lower level.

View Access and Inclusion Programs here.

Accessible Restrooms
There are restrooms in the following locations, with accessible family restrooms and changing stations available at each. Consult your Museum map for exact locations. • Lower lobby (with elevator access from main lobby) • Between the Lower Temporary Exhibitions Gallery and gallery bridge, near the Experience Art Studio. • In the reflection area between near the entrance to the 1940s to Now Gallery. • In the Great Hall corridor near the south lobby • In the Library (third floor)
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive Listening Devices are available on a first-come, first-served basis for those participating in lectures or other events in the Great Hall.
Elevators
Crystal Bridges galleries are all fully accessible. In addition to the elevators at the Museum’s main entrance, elevators are also available in the main lobby for access to the lower lobby, restrooms, and Walker Landing; in the alcove off the Great Hall Corridor just past the Guest Services, which can carry guests to the Museum Library on the third floor; and at the north Temporary Exhibition gallery.
Gallery Lighting
Because Crystal Bridges has many large windows that admit daylight, the light levels in the Museum can vary considerably between galleries and connecting reflection spaces. Guests with light sensitivity may choose to visit on cloudy days or in the evening when these contrasts are not so pronounced
Motorized Mobility Devices
All ADA recognized mobility devices, including motorized chairs, motorized wheelchairs and ADA compliant mobility scooters, are permitted in the Museum provided that the driver is capable of fully controlling the device without risk of damage to artwork or injury to Museum guests.
Service Animals and Pets
ADA recognized service animals are welcome in the Museum. Other leashed pets must remain outside the building, which includes Walker Landing, but are welcome on Museum trails and grounds.
Trail Accessibility
The Orchard Trail, from nearby Orchards Park to the main Museum entrance, is a wheelchair accessible hard-surface trail that meets ADA standards.
Wheelchairs
Guests are welcome to bring their own wheelchairs (motorized or non-motorized). A limited number of wheelchairs are available from Guest Services on a first-come, first-served basis, at no cost.