Crystal Bridges is open to the public, with limited capacity timed tickets. Learn more.
Crystal Bridges is open to the public, with limited capacity timed tickets. Learn more.

The Tulip Tree Shelter’s arched structure was originally built as a mockup of the roof design for the museum’s Great Hall and restaurant. The yellow pine beams, fabricated in Magnolia, Arkansas, are made by bonding together many layers of timber. The beam is then steamed and shaped to produce the arches. When the mockup was no longer needed and was going to be destroyed, Director of Grounds and Trails Scott Eccleston worked with the Havner family to repurpose the structure as a covered shelter, including the addition of a metal roof and flagstones from Winslow, Arkansas.