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The 2021-22 Winter Guide to Crystal Bridges

a pair of wool snowmen wearing red hats and scarves

The museum is the perfect place to come in from the cold and warm up with art, music, coffee, shopping, and much more. Use this guide to plan your winter trip to Crystal Bridges and learn what to expect during the season.

Effective March 2, 2022, face coverings are optional for all visitors per new CDC guidelines. Please note that some events may still require masks and proof of vaccination based on artist requirements.

Discover New Exhibitions

Come into the warm galleries and enjoy these temporary exhibitions during the winter season.

Martin Johnson Heade, Fork-tailed Woodnymph
Martin Johnson Heade, Fork-tailed Woodnymph from The Gems of Brazil, ca. 1863-1864, oil on canvas. 12 1/4 × 10 in. (31.1 × 25.4 cm). Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.88

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

On view through March 21, 2022
Free | in the Modern Art Gallery

This interdisciplinary project takes flight from the influential series of paintings The Gems of Brazil (1863-64) by Martin Johnson Heade and expands outward to explore pollination in nature and ecology, cultural and artistic influence and exchange, and the interconnectedness of art and science extending from the nineteenth century to now.

Julie Alpert: Altars, Keepsakes, Squiggles, and Bows

On view through May 16, 2022
Free | in the Contemporary Art Gallery

For this immersive exhibition, artist Julie Alpert transforms a section of the gallery into a spectacle of pattern, color, and shapes such as bows, drips, roses, hearts, hashtags, and jazz hands using painted wood, collage, and modified household objects.

image titled “total eclipse of the sun” has a solid black circle at center with rings and rays of lights flaring out from behind it
Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, Total Eclipse of the Sun, Armstrong & Company (lithographer), 1882, chromolithograph, 27 1/2 × 37 3/4 in., plate: 21 × 28 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.48.3.

The Light Fantastic

On view through May 30, 2022
Free | in the Early American Art Gallery

In The Light Fantastic, the works of 27 artists from the nineteenth century to today are displayed alongside one another as a meditation on light, featured in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. Look closely at photographs by Carrie Mae Weems and Gregory Crewdson alongside abstract, poetic interpretations of light by Jen Stark, Dale Chihuly, and Agnes Pelton.

Enjoy Unforgettable Programs & Events

Get in the winter spirit with these upcoming programs.

Fred Eversley, Big Red Lens
Fred Eversley, Big Red Lens, 1985, cast polyester, 40 × 40 × 6 in. (101.6 × 101.6 × 15.2 cm). Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2010.66.
Join a virtual talk with artist Fred Eversley
Thursday, March 17, 7 to 8 pm

Join us for a virtual lecture by collection artist Fred Eversley, creator of Big Red Lens (1985). As an artist, Fred’s work combines light, science, and metaphysics to explore energy in its every form. Drawing from Fred’s career and experiences, this presentation promises to illuminate the collection and our focus exhibition The Light Fantastic, as well as be informative, insightful, and just plain entertaining.

Free, tickets required. Reserve your spot online or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

a cup of coffee in a white mug next to a navy blue box of onyx coffee with coffee beans scattered in front of them

Sip a Seasonal Coffee in Eleven

Warm yourself with a cup of delicious coffee, tea, or hot cocoa in the Coffee Bar and enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of Ozark nature in wintertime. Enjoy seasonal drinks such as a Sweater Weather Latte (a blend of peppermint and cinnamon syrups, espresso, and milk), a Snowy Day (white mocha, cinnamon powder, espresso, and milk), or enjoy our drip coffee, Onyx Coffee Lab’s Anniversary Blend, made in honor of our 10-year anniversary.

tony tasset's deer sculpture with snow on its back against a backdrop of mostly bare trees
Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015, 144 in. × 20ft. × 96 in., fiberglass, epoxy, and paint, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2017.4.

Walk in a Winter Wonderland

The Crystal Bridges trails are an experience not to be missed. Enjoy over five miles of walking and biking trails winding around the museum and through 120 acres of natural Ozark forest. Discover over 30+ sculptures along the trails and the flora and fauna of the forest in winter. Better yet? Grab a warm drink at the Coffee Bar and take it with you on your walk.

the momentary gallery featuring a black-and-white exhibition panel on the left and outfits on pedestals on the right
In Some Form or Fashion at the Momentary. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Visit the Momentary and Bentonville

If you’re feeling particularly ambitious while walking the trails, you can walk south of the museum to downtown Bentonville and continue on to the Momentary at 507 SE E St., about 1.5 miles one-way, and enjoy In Some Form or Fashion in the galleries, free to view. Read the Momentary Winter Guide to learn what’s going on in the space during the winter season.

Visiting Bentonville for the first time this season? There’s something for everyone, from public art and cultural museums to unique food and drink options to exciting nightlife and over 40 miles of connecting bike trails. Go to for more information to plan your winter trip.

several people viewing artwork in the crystal bridges gallery, the center featuring a white sculpture of Sappho on a marble pedestal
People view artwork in the Early American Gallery

Become a Crystal Bridges Member

Become a museum member, or give the gift of a museum membership! Members enjoy a wide range of benefits, including free admission to temporary exhibitions, discounts on programs, events, and Museum Store purchases, and invitations to members-only events. Plus your support helps fund the free or low-cost events, classes, and community outreach that allow Crystal Bridges to make the power of art accessible to all.

Start your membership here.

See you at the museum!


Special thanks to our sponsors: 

  • In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting is sponsored by Bob and Becky Alexander, Harrison and Rhonda French Family, Marybeth and Micky Mayfield, Sue and Charles Redfield, Jeff and Sarah Teague | Citizens Bank, and James Zigras.
  • Support for Cross Pollination and its national tour is provided by Art Bridges. Additional major support has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art.