It’s been almost three months since Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art made the decision to close its doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now, following the guidance of health partners, state and national government officials, and peer institutions, Crystal Bridges will be reopening to the public on June 10 with limited capacity and new safety measures.
Below you will find a guide of what you can expect during Crystal Bridges’ reopening, including new safety guidelines, spaces that will remain closed or have limited service, and more.
If you are a Crystal Bridges member, you will have member-only access to the museum from Saturday, June 6 to Monday, June 8. Timed tickets will ensure low capacity well below state guidelines, inviting up to 15 members per 15 minutes. Member preview hours will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The museum will then open to the public on Wednesday, June 10.
Crystal Bridges will be limiting the number of guests by inviting up to 30 guests per 15 minutes (and 15 guests per 15 minutes for the member preview). These numbers are based on five people per 1,000 square feet of public space, which adheres to a one-third capacity per state guidelines for indoor venues. Visitors must register for a timeslot and will receive an email prior to their visit with information about how to prepare and what to expect. Timed tickets will help ensure the museum has limited attendance per state guidelines.
Crystal Bridges members: member preview tickets (June 6-8) can be booked HERE.
General public tickets can be booked HERE.
These are some of the safety guidelines you can expect to see and abide by at Crystal Bridges:
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… has been extended through July 13 and will be free to view for all visitors. State of the Art 2020 will be extended with the full exhibition on view at both Crystal Bridges and the Momentary through July 27.
The trails and grounds around Crystal Bridges remained open throughout quarantine and they will continue to remain open for everyone to enjoy. We have added signage to the trails to help visitors maintain social distancing, keeping six feet apart.
Just as you’ve enjoyed in the past few months, virtual programs and artmaking classes will still be offered through sign-up on the Crystal Bridges website, completely free of charge. There will be no on-site programs during the month of June.
Thank you for helping us ensure the safety for all when you visit. Visitors who are unable to visit in person can continue to enjoy Crystal Bridges with online programs, virtual reality, #CBfromHome activities, 360 tour, the full collection available through eMuseum HERE, and weekly eNewsletter updates.
We are also aware that this news comes at a time of distress as communities around the country are calling for change. We believe in the transformative power of art and we hope that you use our offerings to find comfort, spark conversation, and continue your social justice education. You can learn more about our institutional perspective here.
The Momentary is opening, too! Find out what to expect for the Momentary’s reopening here.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 479.418.5700. We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum soon.