Fall is officially here, and it’s the perfect season to visit the museum! From a walk along our trails to a tour through the Frank Lloyd Wright House, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of autumn in the Ozarks. In the galleries, take in scenes of fall artworks by Thomas Moran, Marsden Hartley, and more. A stop at our Coffee Bar for a warm drink will round out the perfect fall day at Crystal Bridges.
Here are our top 5 tips for celebrating the season at the museum.
The trails and grounds of Crystal Bridges are a must-see part of the museum experience. More than 4 miles of trails wind through the museum’s 120-acre site, filled with bright fall colors and outdoor artworks. Don’t forget to share your time on the trails with #CBtrails!
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.
Surrounded by the beauty of the Ozark woods, 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. Don’t miss the chance to tour this home in its new setting among the changing leaves. General admission is free with a ticket, free audio tours are available in English or Spanish, and guided tours are $10 (free for members).
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 along with delicious treats like cookies, cinnamon rolls, and more. Enjoy time with friends surrounded by the stunning views from our Eleven restaurant.
After a stroll around the trails and grounds, don’t forget to spend some time in the galleries to find artwork inspired by the season. Thomas Moran’s Valley of the Catawissa in Autumn presents a colorful panoramic view of the trees and rolling hills in Catawissa, Pennsylvania.
Marsden Hartley’s Maine Landscape, Autumn No.13 uses warm fall colors and short, stitch-like brush strokes in a style influenced by Italian painter Giovanni Segantini. Spend time reflecting on the beauty of fall with these works and more.
For extra museum and artwork info, download the Crystal Bridges app for a selection of audio and video tours of our permanent collection, a tour highlighting the architectural features of the museum’s unique building, and more.
Contemporary Indigenous art comes front and center in Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now. In the FREE exhibition, you’ll discover new stories as today’s Indigenous artists fill the gallery with exquisite colors, images of community and joy, and thought-provoking moments of reflection.
Inspired by the season, we’ll have Halloween programs for all ages throughout October! Teens are invited to the North Forest on October 13 for Teen Night: Fright in the Forest, featuring live music, a costume contest, murder mystery, and more. Trick Art Treat is a Halloween event open to all ages on October 28. Come paint pumpkins, make art, play games, and grab some Hershey’s candy. Finally, get your costumes ready for Artinfusion’s annual Halloween in the Hollow on Saturday, October 27. We’ll have a comedy show, tarot card reading, haunted trails, food and drink, a costume contest, DJ and dancing, and free access to Art for a New Understanding. See all of our October programs here.
Come spend the season with Crystal Bridges. Plan your visit here, and share your trip with #MyCrystalBridges!