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A Bicoastal Bridal Party Private Tour of Crystal Bridges Museum

Crystal Bridges' Group Tours Assistant Carol Thomas welcomes a tour bus at the Museum entrance.

“Wow! This was so amazing and we could not have asked for a better day for our new ‘sister in law to be’. Thank you, Laura.”  With that another successful private group tour experience at Crystal Bridges came to an end. But this tour was a little different. To learn how, let’s flashback a couple of months for the rest of the story.

Crystal Bridges' Group Tours Assistant Carol Thomas welcomes a tour bus at the  Museum entrance.

Crystal Bridges’ Group Tours Assistant Carol Roberts  welcomes a tour bus at the Museum entrance.

Our Group Tours team, led by Laura Beasley and assisted by Carol Roberts, regularly organize and arrange private tours for groups of up to 60 people, many times including lunch or dinner. Groups often arrive by bus from locations within the state or from many surrounding states. Laura and Carol work with the groups, from the first contact by an interested organization or tour operator and continue to the day of the group’s arrival when Laura or Carol will meet the arriving group on their bus at the Museum entrance. In between, they will work with several other Museum departments to arrange a guest experience that is second to none.

However, in the case of this particular private tour, the first phone call to Group Tours was a little different. This tour at Crystal Bridges was going to be the culmination of a bridal party gathering of ten made up of art aficionados from New York to California who were meeting in Northwest Arkansas and were looking forward to visiting Crystal Bridges, a place they had all heard about and were anxious to visit as their capstone to the bridal party gathering arranged by the bride and groom’s families.

Laura knew this was going to be a special tour experience. The women on the tour ranged in age from their twenties through their seventies, and they had high expectations for a unique touring experience. They knew art; they had been to other important art institutions on both coasts and now were visiting Crystal Bridges.

“Hello and welcome to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art!” Laura welcomed the group of ten women on their private van in front of the Museum. From their greeting at the front entrance, Laura escorted the ladies to a wonderfully special lunch at our restaurant, Eleven, where they dined on selections from Eleven’s celebrated “high south” comfort food menu.

From there, Laura led the group to a special walk along our beautiful Art Trail including a visit to Crystal Spring and a sneak peek at the ongoing reconstruction of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House on the Museum grounds.

Guided TourAfter this, the women enjoyed a private “Collections Highlights” tour led by our specially trained volunteer Tour Guides. Along the way, they experienced the incredible architectural environment created by renowned Crystal Bridges architect, Moshe Safdie.

“Wow! This was so amazing and we could not have asked for a better day for our new ‘sister-in-law to be’. Thank you, Laura.”

So, this was quite a tribute from a special group of ladies who have experienced art museums on both coasts, as well as a tribute to the dedicated staff at Crystal Bridges for whom a “world-class guest experience” is the standard for all guests.

For more information about Group Tours at Crystal Bridges, click here.

Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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