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Looking for a Weeknight Date Night Idea? Come to Crystal Bridges.

People having drinks in Eleven

We’ve got your weeknight date night (or friend outing) covered.

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, enjoy happy hour in Eleven from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with yummy bites and half-price beer and wine selections, then see Crystal Bridges at 10 for free while the exhibition is open! Cap off your night with a visit to the Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room and enjoy a magical evening of art, nature, and drinks at Crystal Bridges. Read on to plan your visit with our evening itinerary for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights:

Museum restaurant Eleven under Jeff Koon's Hanging Heart

4 to 6 pm: Enjoy Happy Hour in Eleven

On Wednesday-Friday evenings, happy hour is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Eleven! Enjoy half-price beer and wine selections, including local draft beers from Bentonville Brewing Co., Black Apple Cider, Fossil Cove, and Ozark Beer. Or try one of our signature cocktails like a Fountain Lady (Suntory whisky, Drambuie, muddled clementine, cinnamon, and clove bitters) or a Rose Mallow Margarita (hibiscus simple syrup, tequila, triple sec, lime and lemon juice). Enjoy delicious bites like pickle-brined crispy chicken wings, blue corn and avocado tostadas with marinated crab, and berbere-spiced sweet potato fries. 

Want to enjoy an activity while you drink? Along the information wall in the Garrison Lobby, pick up a few coloring sheets and enjoy an adult coloring session while gazing across the ponds and out onto the natural Ozark forest that surrounds you. Bring your own pens or coloring pencils to use while sitting in Eleven!

Crystal Bridges at 10 lantern bearers stage
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

6 to 8 pm: See Crystal Bridges at 10 for free!

Crystal Bridges at 10 is an immersive exhibition with 10 distinct art experiences celebrating the museum’s collection and the local community one decade into the museum’s lifetime. In this exhibition, you can step into Maxfield Parrish’s The Lantern Bearers with a life-size tableau vivant, discover a collection of works inspired by the four elements of air, earth, fire, and water, designed by artist Mark Dion, walk through the museum’s forest in the galleries with an immersive light-and-sound installation, and so much more! On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings while the exhibition is open (it closes on September 27), see Crystal Bridges at 10 for free! No tickets needed, simply grab your sweetie or bestie and head to the exhibition entrance any time after 4 p.m. on those days. The museum is open until 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

Color paper lanterns hanging in a mirrored room
Yayoi Kusama, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - MY HEART IS DANCING INTO THE UNIVERSE, 2018, Wood and glass mirrored room with paper lanterns, 304 x 622.4 x 622.4 cm 119 5/8 x 245 1/8 x 245 1/8 in, Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai and Victoria Miro, London/Venice., © YAYOIKUSAMA

8 pm: Visit the Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room

Cap off your date night with a visit to Yayoi Kusama’s, Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe (2018) located in the Contemporary Art Gallery at Crystal Bridges. The room itself is small and filled with mirrors and paper lanterns that have dots that change color. This effect makes it appear like the dots expand forever into the universe.

You’ve seen the gorgeous photos on social media, so come and see it for yourself! Tickets are not needed for the experience. Simply head to the installation (pick up an Inside map for exact location) in our galleries and hop in line. Note: only 2 people are allowed in the room at one time.