Do you have family or friends coming into town for the long July 4th holiday weekend? Bring them to Crystal Bridges to discover American art, architecture, and nature while engaging in fun activities such as artmaking, stargazing, and firework watching! Scroll down for a list of information and activities happening at Crystal Bridges around July 4th:
Crystal Bridges will be open during its regularly scheduled hours on Thursday, July 4 (10 am – 9 pm). Here are the hours for each day of the week:
Saturday-Monday: 10 am to 6 pm
Wednesday-Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
Don’t miss our special summer exhibitions both in the galleries and out in the forest! Nature’s Nation explores 300 years of American art in relation to nature, while Color Field examines the impact color has on our lives through bright, colorful sculptures set against the backdrop of the North Forest.
Depending on how much time you have to spend at the museum and who you’re coming with, check out our Choose Your Own Adventure series of itineraries to map out your visit, complete with visits to Nature’s Nation and Color Field. Get your tickets here! (Members, veterans, and youth ages 18 and under get in both exhibitions for free.)
The Studio is the museum’s newly designed artmaking space for all ages. The space, located off Walker Landing and accessible from the North Exhibition Gallery, offers art totes with activities for check-out, books, art supplies, and a kids center for playtime. Drop in any time!
James Turrell’s Skyspace: The Way of Color and Leo Villarreal’s Buckyball are two art installations that offer unique light and color experiences when the sun goes down.
In Skyspace: The Way of Color, located on the Art Trail at the south end of the museum, guests are encouraged to walk inside, sit, and experience the optical illusion of seeing the sky draw closer through the ocular cutout in the ceiling of the structure. At sunset each day, LED lights illuminate the space in various colors to coincide with the colors in the changing sky. It’s a unique art experience that’s not to miss!
Similarly, Buckyball, a geometric sculpture located at the front of the museum next to the Additional Parking lot, comes alive at sunset with a display of light and color. Take a seat on one of the benches underneath Buckyball and enjoy the show!
Looking for something to do the night before July 4th? The museum is hosting a Star Party on July 3 from 8 to 9:30 pm as part of our Skyspace Nights series. The party will include watching the Skyspace light show at sunset (approx. 8:37 pm), followed by a chance to look through telescopes, chat with astronomers from Sugar Creek Astronomical Society, and engage with activities inspired by the night sky. The event is completely free and open to all ages.
July 4, 2019 marks the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, when the United States identified as an individual nation for the first time. Since then, artists have documented the nation’s history and culture through painting, sculpture, and other forms of art. Spend some time wandering through five centuries of American art in our permanent collection and learn something new about a familiar figure or someone completely unknown to you.
Although the museum will be closing at 9 pm, guests are encouraged to park their cars in the Additional Parking lot and watch the Orchards Park fireworks from the field at the corner of Museum Way and J Street, near Buckyball. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. For more information on the fireworks, click here.
Looking for other activities during the July 4th weekend? The 2019 Forest Concert Series is still going every Saturday through July. On July 6, join us for an evening of music, dancing, and artmaking in the North Forest with Audiopharmacy, a Bay Area-based live music ensemble uses globally infused Indigenous hip-hop to inspire social change. Ozark folk duo Still on the Hill will open the concert. Get your tickets here.
See you at the museum!