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The 2022 Spring Guide to Crystal Bridges

Spring at Crystal Bridges

The spring season is a magical time at Crystal Bridges. The views out of the museum’s floor-to-ceiling windows are a work of art all their own. The flora blooms and the fauna roams across 120 acres of natural Ozark forest. Whether you’re looking to spend a few hours with art in the galleries, take a walk through the woods, or just want to sit for a while and enjoy the view, come enjoy yourself–and the spring season–at Crystal Bridges. To see what’s on this season, and read on and check back for updates: 

An update on our mask policy: Per new CDC guidelines, face coverings are optional for all visitors. Please note that some events may still require masks and proof of vaccination based on artist requirements.



Explore themes and ideas through art with our lineup of exhibitions.


El Franco Lee II, DJ Screw in Heaven 2, 2016, acrylic on black canvas with cassette tape, 60 x 60 x 1 in. Courtesy of the artist
The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Open now through July 25
Get tickets here | in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Celebrate 100 years of southern Black culture in The Dirty South. This nationally recognized exhibition from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts engages multiple senses to spotlight the southern landscape through its musical heritage, spiritual complexity, and regional swagger. In a narrative of persistence and power seen in visual art, video, textiles, sound elements, instruments, costumes, and even a customized car in the south lobby, discover how southern Black expression across time and geography has shaped and influenced the South and US contemporary culture as we know it today.


Final-Season Focus Exhibitions

Don’t miss these free focus exhibitions in the galleries before they leave this spring!


Julie Alpert: Altars, Keepsakes, Squiggles, and Bows gallery
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
Julie Alpert: Altars, Keepsakes, Squiggles, and Bows

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

Step into a colorful world! 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.


people in masks looking at art in the gallery
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
The Light Fantastic

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

Light is essential to art, even in its absence. The scientific, mysterious, and material qualities of it have inspired artists for centuries. Light shapes how artists and viewers alike understand color, form, and composition. Enjoy the power of art and trip The Light Fantastic with the works of 27 artists who each use light in their work.


Person riding a bike on a trail
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Spring on the Trails

Crystal Bridges offers a completely unique experience in the spring season. The museum’s surrounding campus comes to life with blooms and roaming fauna, and with over five miles of walking and biking trails across the campus, plus over 30 outdoor sculptures, there’s so much to see.


Spring at Crystal Bridges
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

The redbuds and dogwoods are blooming on our grounds! The blooms last about 18-24 days. Wildflowers will begin to bloom afterward, around the beginning of May.

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

Springtime Programs

Catch these great upcoming programs celebrating art and nature!


a redbud tree in the arvest bank courtyard outside at the momentary
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Visit the Momentary and Bentonville

Make your trail walk (or bike) count! Take the Art Trail to downtown Bentonville and continue on to the Momentary at 507 SE E St., about 1.5 miles one-way. Read the Momentary’s Spring Guide to learn what’s going on in the space during this 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 spring trip.


Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Become a Crystal Bridges Member

Become a museum member this season! 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.