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5 Ways to Spend Mother’s Day Weekend at Crystal Bridges

Family in matching tie dye shirts walking through the gallery

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9! At Crystal Bridges, there are plenty of ways to celebrate moms, aunts, sisters, grandmothers, and friends who are mommas with art, architecture, nature, drinks, gifts, and more. Here are five ways you can spend Mother’s Day weekend at the museum and treat all the mothers in your life.

Before you visit: General admission to the museum is free, simply reserve your free timed tickets.

Your safety is our top priority. Per CDC guidelines, Crystal Bridges requires visitors and staff to wear face coverings for ages 10 and older, except when eating or drinking. Following CDC guidelines, face shields and face coverings with exhaust valves or vents are not allowed. Masks are available upon entry for those who do not have one. Learn more about our safety measures here.


1. See Crafting America before it leaves

Woman and little girl, masked, looking at artwork hanging on the wall

Do you know a mom who loves crafting? Then do we have the exhibition for you! Crafting America is a new exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges that brings craft front and center, featuring 120 works in ceramics, textiles, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials. From jewelry to mid-century furniture to sculpture, this exhibition is full of dazzling surprises.

Crafting America is closing May 31, so Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to see this groundbreaking show before it leaves the museum. Tickets can be reserved here along with your free, timed-ticket museum entry.


2. Check out the Museum Store and buy the perfect gift for Mother’s Day

Museum store

While you’re at Crystal Bridges, you must take a moment to visit the newly redesigned Museum Store, located in the lobby! The open floor plan and unique gifts that tell the stories of the museum and art history make this the perfect place to find that special Mother’s Day gift.

Bonus: Mother’s Day weekend is also Member Double Discount Days at the Museum Store! From May 7-10, members receive 20 percent off their purchase*, making this the perfect time to buy Mom a memorable keepsake of the day at Crystal Bridges. Check out some of their new products here and plan your shopping list. 

Give the gift of membership! Membership is the gift that gives all year. Join now and enjoy our Member Double Discount Days on Mother’s Day weekend.

*Discounts do not apply to Chihuly Studio Editions.


3. Rent a Forest Globe and raise a glass!

Guests laughing and drinking in Forest Globe

Forest Globes are available for Friday and Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend (May 7-8)! Set in the middle of our North Forest next to Dale Chihuly’s Sole d’Oro sculpture, Forest Globes are an all-inclusive experience, offering 2.5 hours inside a see-through globe with lights and specialty food, cocktails, and a Globe Concierge. Treat the moms in your life to a one-of-a-kind experience and raise a glass to all they do! Globes are available every weekend, now through June 4. Reserve a Forest Globe here.


4. Grab a coffee drink and hit the trails

Group of people walking a dog along a trail surrounded by spring landscape

Treat the mothers in your life to a coffee, tea, smoothie, or glass of wine at our Coffee Bar. All our coffee is sourced through Onyx Coffee Lab and our tea comes from Savoy Tea Co. Once you’ve grabbed your special drink, you can enjoy the view from Eleven or head out to take a walk on the trails. There are over five miles of walking trails at Crystal Bridges and between the natural Ozark forest, beautiful blooms, and over 30 sculptures around the grounds, there’s quite a lot to see! (P.S. – Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails.)


5. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the galleries

Family in matching tie dye shirts walking through the gallery
Family walks through art gallery Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

The galleries at Crystal Bridges are ever-changing, offering new artworks and focus exhibitions every few months. Currently, you can enjoy exhibitions such as This Is the Day and Companion Species in the galleries for free! Spend a day with all the moms in your life looking at art, discussing themes, and talking about pieces you admire and why. What colors or shapes speak to you most? Do you have a favorite artist? What do you know about him, her, or them? Enjoy yourself and learn something new!

P.S. – Here’s what you can do at the Momentary for Mother’s Day weekend.


Happy Mother’s Day from Crystal Bridges!