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What’s in a Name? A Look at our Native Orchid Species
Rattlesnake Plantain plant

What’s in a Name? A Look at our Native Orchid Species

Nature & Outdoor
Our living collection at Crystal Bridges is a diverse one.  It includes 91 species and cultivars of native trees, 54 species and cultivars of native shrubs, and 187 species and…
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The Lady Gets a Makeover
William Wetmore Story,

The Lady Gets a Makeover

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
To me, one of the most fascinating careers in the art world is conservation: a profession devoted to the preservation of our tangible cultural heritage. Conservators have the very important…
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Restoring an Original
Conservator working on frame for artwork

Restoring an Original

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
Thomas Eakins’s Professor Benjamin Howard Rand is a centerpiece of Crystal Bridges' Late Nineteenth Century Art Gallery.  Its large, beautiful, and ornate frame is often noticed and remarked upon by…
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A Conversation with Celeste Roberge
Celeste Roberge, Chaise Gabion

A Conversation with Celeste Roberge

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
Celeste Roberge's steel and stone sculpture Chaise Gabion is sited on the Museum's East Terrace, up the steps from Walker Landing. From her early stone-filled gabion figures, to a body…
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American Holly
The American holly plant

American Holly

Nature & Outdoor
As fall progresses and leaves fall from the trees, the forest reveals a glimmer of life—in the form of evergreen and red—that we can enjoy to get us through the…
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Crystal Spring Gardens: A Legacy of Neil Compton
Dr. Neil Compton tends to a flowering bush

Crystal Spring Gardens: A Legacy of Neil Compton

Nature & Outdoor
“What joy to discover such an unspoiled place and to observe its floral pageantry through the seasons and through the years.” —    Dr. Neil Compton, from The High Ozarks: A…
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Crystal Bridges' Contribution to the Population of the Monarch Butterfly
Monarch caterpillar on leaf

Crystal Bridges' Contribution to the Population of the Monarch Butterfly

Nature & Outdoor
Some folks may see a caterpillar in their garden and think “I need to kill it” or “I think there’s a chemical to treat those.”  At Crystal Bridges, we see…
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Outdoor Sculpture "Stella" is No Boar
André Harvey, Stella

Outdoor Sculpture "Stella" is No Boar

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor

The Museum’s Art Trail is a wonderful outdoor venue to explore. The paved path offers spectacular views of the grounds and hosts a variety of outdoor works of art from…

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Rock Ledge Trail and the Railroad that Wasn't
Nature trail cut though layer of limestone to level ground

Rock Ledge Trail and the Railroad that Wasn't

Nature & Outdoor
Of the six trails that ramble through Crystal Bridges’ grounds, Rock Ledge Trail has the most unusual history. It follows the path of a railroad bed that was cut through…
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A Collection Well-Check
Conservator Gay Myers inspects an artwork in the gallery

A Collection Well-Check

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
In July, Lance Mayer and Gay Myers, a pair of painting conservators, visited Crystal Bridges to conduct a thorough assessment of all of the works currently on view in the…
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Butterflies at Crystal Bridges
Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly

Butterflies at Crystal Bridges

Activities & Education At the Museum Nature & Outdoor
In July, Crystal Bridges hosted a “Discover the Grounds” talk about the butterflies that can be found here on our grounds, featuring myself and guest-presenter and ecologist, David Rupe. I…
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