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The 2021 Winter Guide to Crystal Bridges

The leaves are falling from the trees all around Crystal Bridges—it must be the winter season once again! Luckily, 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. 

COVID-19 Visitation Policies: We are requiring all visitors ages 2 and up and staff to wear a face covering indoors and for outdoor programs. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one.

Discover New Exhibitions

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

In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting

On view through January 31, 2022
Get tickets here | Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Missing the ocean during the cold, winter months? Discover the beauty, violence, and transformative power of the sea in American life through art. In American Waters features 100+ marine paintings spanning 250 years from museum collections across the United States. See it at Crystal Bridges before it sets sail on January 31.

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).

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.

Enjoy Unforgettable Programs & Events

Get in the winter spirit with these upcoming programs.

People eating in Eleven
Chef’s Table: In American Waters
Friday, January 21, 6 to 8 pm

Join Executive Chef Timothy Ordway and his team for a four-course culinary voyage, inspired by our temporary exhibition In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting. Our culinary artists have crafted a seafood menu inspired by not only the connection between the oceans and food but also some of the lesser-known ways the lifeblood of our planet has shaped our culinary history.

Tickets are $99 + tax ($90 + tax for members), register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335 to reserve your spot today.

Beer in a tall glass
Tap Takeover
Friday, February 25, 6 to 8 pm (postponed date)

Let loose and join the fun as Bentonville Brewing Company commandeers our taps to showcase some of their familiar (and not-so-familiar) creations. The evening will feature fantastic beer, hearty food, and lively music—including auditory libations by DJ Theronious Chunk and comfort food pairings by Executive Chef Timothy Ordway, inspired by works from the Crystal Bridges permanent collection. Foodies and craft beer lovers alike can also enjoy expert insight and commentary from Chef Tim and brewery representatives, who will be your guide to the stories and details behind every pairing.

Tickets are $79 + tax ($70 + tax for members), register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335 to reserve your spot today.

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, 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.

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.

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.