Nearly nine years after opening, Crystal Bridges is embarking on another building update with Safdie Architects, this time in the form of a lobby and courtyard renovation. The museum, including the Museum Store, will remain open for the duration of the project, providing alternative paths for visitors during heavy construction phases.
Here’s what you can expect when it’s complete:
Crystal Bridges will be expanding the lobby into the courtyard area, as you can see from the rendering above. The completion goal for the project is February 2021. The courtyard area will be enclosed in a glass dome, expanding the lobby from its current location all the way to the Museum Store. These updates will allow for more space in the lobby, protection from weather, more future programming opportunities, and a more convenient and comfortable visitor experience.
When you come to the museum, you might notice that Maman, the 30-foot spider sculpture by artist Louise Bourgeois that has greeted visitors to the museum for the past few years, is not in her usual spot in the courtyard. Not to worry! She was moved from the museum courtyard to the South Lawn near the Twin Bridges in the spot where Luis Alfonso Jimenez’s Vaquero used to be. Vaquero has moved from the South Lawn for conservation and will be on view again in a new location soon.
Want to know how we moved this 30-foot sculpture? Check out this video:
This construction will have little impact on the visitor experience. Here are the areas of the museum where you will see construction and what you can expect:
Crystal Bridges reopens to public starting Wednesday, June 10 with limited capacity. Get your free timed tickets here.