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The 2021 Spring Season Guide to Crystal Bridges

curved nature trail with green leafed trees and blooming flowers

It’s springtime, and at Crystal Bridges, the grounds are blooming and the galleries are filled with art! Use this blog to plan your spring visit to the museum, see what’s new, and enjoy everything Crystal Bridges has to offer, inside and out.

Before you visit: 

Timed ticket reservations are required. General admission to the museum is free. Timed tickets limit the number of visitors at the museum to maintain social distancing. Currently, we are allowing up to 60 guests per 15 minutes, which adheres to a two-thirds capacity per state guidelines for indoor venues. After reserving a timed ticket, visitors will receive an email with information about what to expect.

2021 General admission and exhibition tickets can be booked here.

Your safety is our top priority. Per CDC guidelines, Crystal Bridges requires visitors and staff to wear face coverings for ages 10 and older, except when eating or drinking. Following CDC guidelines, face shields and face coverings with exhaust valves or vents are not allowed. Masks are available upon entry for those who do not have one. Learn more about our safety measures here.


Stroll the galleries + enjoy our exhibitions

Person in gallery look at artwork hung on wall
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

The galleries at Crystal Bridges house five centuries of American masterworks by Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Amy Sherald, and many more. The art on the walls is ever-changing, just like the seasons. Take the opportunity to see what’s changed, discover new artists or works, and open your mind to new ideas. You never know what you might find! 

While you’re in the collection galleries, be sure to visit Companion Species, located in the second box of the Modern Art Gallery. This focus exhibition takes inspiration from the recent Crystal Bridges acquisition, Companion Species (Speech Bubble) by Marie Watt (Seneca). Companion Species is free for all to view.

Check out our calendar to see what’s happening at the museum when you visit. There’s always something happening at the museum, so be sure to see what you can sign up for or drop in on during your visit!

Don’t Miss Crafting America
On view now through May 31

Gallery of contemporary art on pedestals
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Open now at Crystal Bridges is Crafting America, a new exhibition celebrating the skill and individuality of craft in American art. From jewelry to furniture to sculptures and more, see over one-hundred works made from textiles, ceramics, glass, metal, and wood by a diverse group of contemporary American artists. This exhibition is currently on view through May 31. Learn more and get your tickets here.

Bask in the spring blooms on five miles of trails


people waking a nature trail in early spring

In addition to the museum, Crystal Bridges has over five miles of walking and biking trails around the grounds, a must-see experience for visitors, especially during the spring season. Discover native flora and fauna of the area during its blooming season, and enjoy 30+ art sculptures along the trails by artists such as Dale Chihuly, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, and many more.

Pro Tip: Trail walkers can also download our CB Outdoors app for maps, plant guides, and self-guided tours through the woods. The app has extensive lists of plants, animals, art, architecture, and natural features found with the 120 acres of Ozark forest on which Crystal Bridges sits. It also includes a complete map of all the trails and bonus audio content from naturalists and other experts.

Wanting to know when the redbuds and dogwoods are scheduled to bloom this year? We’ve got the inside scoop for you below!

Blooming Forecast* from Director of Trails and Grounds Clay Bakker

Trail curving to left, green trees and bushes, and dogwood trees in bloom

While we can’t foresee the future, our Director of Trails and Grounds Clay Bakker has provided some insight for the 2021 blooming season on the Crystal Bridges grounds:

Week of March 22-April 2: Serviceberry and redbuds will start blooming (this lasts about two weeks on the museum’s grounds)

First week of April: The dogwoods will start blooming (this lasts about 18-24 days on the museum’s grounds)

Last week of April: Wildflowers will start blooming around campus (lasts about a month)

Middle of May: The hydrangeas will start blooming (lasts about a month)

*Please note that these are approximated timeframes and subject to change based on weather and other anomalies. 

Enjoy the museum’s culinary offerings

People at spaced out tables eating in a restaurant
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Grab lunch or take a snack break at Eleven, the restaurant at Crystal Bridges. Enjoy the floor-to-ceiling views of natural Ozark forest surrounding the museum while you eat under Jeff Koons’s Hanging Heart. Lunch is available 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day, or enjoy Bar and Bites on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights from 3 to 9 p.m. with a full bar menu and a single menu offering.

Looking to grab food on the go? The Coffee Bar at Eleven has grab-and-go lunch options as well as delicious coffee drinks or smoothies. Grab a coffee before you hit the trails, or take a break in Eleven.

Stop in the Museum Store

Woven basket vessels of various sizes
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Located in the lobby area, the Museum Store offers an engaging shopping experience in a one-of-a-kind environment designed by architect Marlon Blackwell. Shop from a selection of fine-art prints of some of the museum’s most popular works as well as high-design home décor, hand-crafted jewelry, and elegant accessories created by national and regional designers and craftsmen. Take home a special memento or continue your art education with help from the Museum Store!

Note: The Museum Store will reopen on April 7. In the meantime, enjoy a pop-up shop across from the Coffee Bar!

Have some extra time? Visit the Momentary

The Momentary - front of tan building with windows and glass doors
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

The Momentary is our satellite contemporary art space, located just a mile south of Crystal Bridges in downtown Bentonville (across the field from 8th Street Market). Discover contemporary visual art in the galleries and around the grounds, catch a performance, relax on the Momentary Green with a refreshing drink from the RØDE Bar or iced coffee from our Onyx Coffee Lab location, or head up to the Tower Bar in the evening to catch the best views in Bentonville. General admission is free for all.