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How to Spend the Perfect Fall Day at Crystal Bridges

Fall is quickly approaching in Northwest Arkansas, and it’s a perfect time to get excited about a trip to Crystal Bridges. Located on 120 acres of natural Ozark forest, our museum transforms with the seasons. The deep colors of the fall foliage create a canvas all their own, emblazoning the area with red, orange, yellow, and brown that will make you gaze in awe at the beauty of the region. 

Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend a fall day at Crystal Bridges admiring art, architecture, and nature in all its seasonal wonder. This blog offers tips and advice on what you can do to spend a perfect fall day at the museum, no matter what your personal interests may be.

Here are some tips on how you can spend the perfect fall day at Crystal Bridges.


1. Take in the Fall Colors of the Ozarks

A view from the North Forest bridge.

The trails and grounds of Crystal Bridges are a must-see part of the museum experience, especially during the fall season. More than four miles of trails wind through the museum’s 120-acre site, filled with bright fall colors and outdoor artworks. This is one of the premier places to experience fall foliage in the area, and the sculptures, including several by Dale Chihuly, complement the reds, yellows, and oranges of the trees with bright, lively colors. 

Download our free CB Outdoor app features interactive trail maps, art and plant guides, and audio-tour information about Crystal Bridges’ grounds. Available for Apple and Android devices.

 

2. Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright House and Admire Architecture

Surrounded by the beauty of the Ozark woods, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson House is an example of Wright’s classic Usonian architecture. Crystal Bridges acquired the house in 2013, and the entire structure was taken apart, labeled, packed, and moved to the museum where it was reconstructed in 2015. Take a chance to tour this home among the changing leaves and see how architecture is inspired by nature. General admission is free with a ticket, free audio tours are available in English or Spanish, and guided tours are $10 (free for members).

 

Beyond the Bachman-Wilson House, architecture enthusiasts can enjoy the museum’s building, which was created by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Located on the North Lawn, you can also find R. Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome structure, another example of beautiful architecture that can be seen in a brand new way during the fall season.


3. Grab a Seasonal Drink from the Coffee Bar

The chilly weather outside makes for the perfect time to enjoy a drink by our specially trained baristas. At the Coffee Bar in Eleven, we use only the highest quality espresso and coffee from Onyx Coffee Lab (or tea from Savoy Tea Co.) along with delicious treats like pastries, cinnamon rolls, and more. Enjoy coffee indoors or take it out on the trails with you as you explore.

This season, the Coffee Bar will also be serving seasonal drinks such as a Pumpkin Spice Latte (not like the ones at Starbucks), White Pumpkin Hot Chocolate, and a Pumpkin Chai Smoothie.

 

4. Discover New and Exciting Art

Photograph by Stephen Ironside.

No matter how many times you’ve walked through the Crystal Bridges permanent galleries, there is always something new to see. This season, we are particularly delighted to introduce Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room–My Heart is Dancing into the Universe (2018), which has taken up permanent residency in our newly designed Contemporary Art Gallery. The room is currently open for members and will be open to the public beginning on October 2. This is a ticketed event, but tickets are free, or $1 if you’d like to reserve a time slot online ahead of time. Find tickets and more information about the Infinity Mirrored Room here.

Beyond Yayoi Kusama, we have also acquired new artworks by artists such as Kehinde Wiley, David Esterly, Jordan Casteel, and more. See them all this fall!


5. Drop in on a Free Gallery Tour

Want to learn more about the art in our galleries? Join a Drop-In Tour! Drop-in Tours are one-hour, guided tours offered daily and led by a trained volunteer Tour Guide. They are free and no registration is required to participate – just meet your Tour Guide at the designated location about 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Several different themed tours are available to choose from throughout the week, including collection highlights, architecture, sculpture, and the ever-popular “is it art?” tour. Nature Walks are also offered on Thursdays and Fridays if you prefer to venture out on the autumn trails with a guide. Tours are a wonderful, free way to enhance your museum experience and appreciate the fall season with some new insight.

 

6. Grab a Bite to Eat in Eleven

Need to take a snack break or grab lunch? No need to leave the museum. Enjoy the breathtaking views of fall in the Ozarks as you enjoy cuisine from the High South region in Eleven, the museum’s restaurant. Some of the most popular dishes include Beans & Cornbread, the Eleven Burger, and the Herb-Rubbed Roasted Chicken Breast. If you’re joining us on a Sunday, give our Buffet Brunch a try!


7. Enjoy Our New Exhibition,
Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today

Alexis Arnold
Smithsonian Nature Guide: Rocks and Minerals, 2019
Book, borax 9 ½ × 8 ½ × 6 in.
Courtesy of the artist

It was probably inevitable that a museum called Crystal Bridges would eventually have an exhibition about crystals. This exciting new show, developed at Crystal Bridges, explores the powerful connections between crystals and art throughout the world, spanning history and geography. See ancient art and crystals from Egypt, Rome, China and more alongside the works of contemporary artists, and specimens found here in Arkansas. Discover how the power of crystal transcends the boundaries of time and space through art. Exclusively at Crystal Bridges this fall, opening Saturday, October 12.


BONUS: Don’t Miss Out on Fall Programs!

trick art treat

 

Check out our online calendar for a list of programs happening at the museum this fall. Here are some of our highlights:

Halloween in the Hollow | Saturday, October 26, 9 pm to 12:30 am
This 21+ costume party is a ghoulish good time! DJ Heather from Chicago will light up the dance floor while guests enjoy food, art, and a costume contest.

Trick Art Treat | Sunday, October 27, 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy this family-friendly afternoon in the forest, including pumpkin painting, activities, and lots of candy!

Van Cliburn Concert Series: Anderson & Roe | Friday, November 22, 8 to 9:30 pm
This Emmy-nominated piano duo will perform famous works on dueling pianos, creating an exciting performance for music lovers of all kinds.

 

Come spend the season at Crystal Bridges. Plan your visit here!

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