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William Trost Richards (1833-1905) "Along the Shore" 1903 Oil on canvas Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

William Trost Richards (1833-1905)
Along the Shore
Oil on canvas
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

By Heidi Carlsen-Rogers
Crystal Bridges Gallery Guide

Wouldn’t it be fun to take your entire family on an adventure where you could explore the beach, stand on an iceberg, or experience a secret place in the woods where amazing animals and birds live?


We thought so too!


Crystal Bridges’ newly designed Family Adventure Tour was created for that very purpose—to encourage a sense of wonder, discovery, and exploration that families could experience together through the artworks in our collection. Think of it as a Great American Art Adventure right here in the Museum galleries!

Photo by Marc F. Henning Family Sunday event on June 21, 2015, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

Photo by Marc F. Henning
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR

The tour was re-imagined by the Museum’s Education Department along with the Youth and Family Advisory committee made up of volunteer Gallery Guides who are passionate about serving families and the Museum’s youngest guests. The collaboration opened a challenge to create a dynamic and inclusive guest experience appropriate for all age groups, from toddler to teen to adult.


In this new adventure-based tour, our guests learn to experience the places represented in the artworks by using additional senses beyond sight—such as hearing, smelling, and feeling.  They are also guided in ways to tap into their imaginations and creativity to personally connect with the art as they journey though the galleries.


The tour includes five artworks that take guests to distinctly different geographical locations and natural environments around the world.  You will even be introduced to a very large friend who is having an adventure of his own!


The new Family Adventure Tour is offered every Saturday at 1 p.m. The tour is free, just meet your Guide in the Museum’s lower lobby 15 minutes before the tour begins. All ages, including families and individuals are welcome to join in on this fun and interactive experience.












Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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