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Catch ‘em All at Crystal Bridges

A screenshot of the Pokemon Go game shows the footprint of Crystal Bridges, along with a map of the Museum grounds, peppered with icons indicating the locations of individual Pokemon or Pokemon gyms.

A screenshot of the Pokemon Go game shows the footprint of Crystal Bridges, along with a map of the Museum grounds, peppered with icons indicating the locations of individual Pokemon or Pokemon gyms.

Here’s something I just learned today:  Crystal Bridges’ galleries are apparently crawling with Pokemon.  So are the trails and grounds.  Thankfully, with the help of a new Pokemon app, our guests can help catch them. The new Pokemon Go app was released just a few days ago, and Crystal Bridges’ is among Bentonville’s landmarks featured in the game.


For those of you, like me, haven’t a clue about this, here’s the CliffsNotes:  Pokemon Go is an “augmented reality” game that sends players out into the Real World to find and catch Pokemon at landmark sites in their community. Players have to actually go to the physical location of these landmarks in order to engage the Pokemon, and the app includes the locations and images of each site.  Once a players has arrived at the correct location, he or she can use the camera on their phone to see and photograph the Pokemon at that site before they attempt to capture the critter through the game. That’s where the augmented reality comes in: players can take photos of Pokemon all over the Museum grounds and throughout the galleries.









Pikachu hanging out with Dan Flavin’s “Untitled (to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Inch),” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Pikachu, for instance, hangs out around Dan Flavin’s light installation Untitled (to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Inch). That’s not surprising, as Pikachu’s an electric Pokemon and this is an electric artwork.













Kakuna hovering near Alice Aycock's sculpture, Maelstrom Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Kakuna hovering near Alice Aycock’s sculpture, Maelstrom
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art



A Kakuna hovers near Alice Aycock’s outdoor sculpture Maelstrom.











Rattata with Roxy Paine's "Bad Lawn." Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Rattata with Roxy Paine’s “Bad Lawn.” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art


And this Rattata is clearly breaking all the Museum’s rules by brazenly  standing on Roxy Payne’s Bad Lawn. (Kids, don’t try this yourselves.)

In August, players will also be able to get a Bluetooth device that will alert them when a Pokemon is nearby, so they can whip out their phones and catch it.


The game already has quite a following: not just among kids and teens, but among adults, as well.  In fact, the app revealed a number of Pokemon enthusiasts among the Museum staff. Alex Duvall, a Guest Services Associate, came to work two hours early today to prowl the galleries for Pokemon. And Megan Gustin, AV Specialist for the Museum, used her lunch hour to walk the Orchard Trail to Leo Villareal’s Buckyball sculpture, where a Pokemon gym is located.

“I was there for about ten minutes,” she said, “and I saw several cars pull in to the Additional Parking lot just to play the game.”




Randolph Rogers, Atala and Chactas. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Randolph Rogers, “Atala and Chactas. ” (and Spearow) Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

As general admission to Crystal Bridges is free*, it will cost you nothing to visit the Museum and rack up your Pokemon captures, and you can enjoy some terrific American art as you go.

We only ask that you be careful and be aware of your surroundings as you do battle so you don’t inadvertently back into an artwork or trip up a fellow museumgoer.


Pokemon Go is a free app downloadable for your Apple or Android device.  If you’re sharing images of your Pokemon sightings on social media, be sure to tag your Crystal Bridges Pokemon with #CrystalBridges!

Go catch ‘em all!



*General admission to Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection is sponsored by Walmart.

Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager


  1. palutena@naver.com' Alexis says:

    How cute! I’ve been a huge Pokemon fan ever since I was a kid. It’s still mind-blowing how all of a sudden we can now “see” them everywhere we go…. Nintendo’s really outdone themselves. I hope that as they refine the game more they can continue to make the Pokemon more specific to the area (for instance, grass type Pokemon appearing in the trails). That would definitely keep people coming back, since they’d be confined to specific places

  2. tannerharris63@gmail.com' Tanner says:

    This is so cool! I’ve already been down town and to crystal bridges to experience this phenomenon. It’s quite interesting to see people exclaim “oh my goodness! It’s a squirtle!” Or something along those lines. I’ve even joined in on the fun, with pokemon being about 50% of my childhood! While you go around you can enjoy the art work as well which makes it an even better experience.

  3. dorethadennison@googlemail.com' Meredith says:

    Excellent blog you have got here.. It?s difficult to find quality writing like
    yours nowadays. I really appreciate people like you!
    Take care!!

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