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A Message for Our Community from the Directors of Crystal Bridges and the Momentary
June 1, 2020
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary Announce a Phased Re-Opening Plan with New Safety Measures
June 4, 2020
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What to Expect for Crystal Bridges’ Reopening

UPDATE: We have updated safety information for 2021 here.

Following the guidance of health partners, state and national government officials, and peer institutions, Crystal Bridges reopened to the public on June 10, 2020 with limited capacity and new safety measures.

Below you will find a guide of what you can expect now at Crystal Bridges, including new safety guidelines, spaces that will remain closed or have limited service, and more.


1. The number of guests allowed in the museum is limited; free timed-entry tickets are required

For your safety, free timed ticket reservations are required.

Generally, weekday mornings, as well as weekend days, book fully, while afternoon and evening hours during the weekday tend to be less crowded. If you have a reserved, timed ticket, you may experience some delays in order to maintain limited capacity for safety reasons.

Crystal Bridges is limiting the number of guests by inviting up to 30 guests per 15 minutes. 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 will receive an email prior to their visit with information about how to prepare and what to expect. Timed tickets ensure the museum has limited attendance per state guidelines.

2021 General public tickets can be booked HERE.

Admission is still free for all!


2. Enhanced safety precautions are in effect

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

These are some of the safety guidelines you can expect to see and abide by at Crystal Bridges:

  • The museum will offer a no-touch experience when possible. This includes the elimination of physical ticket interactions. Doors that can safely remain open will be propped open to minimize touch and when that is not possible, staff and/or volunteers will open doors for visitors.
  • As a safety precaution and to comply with the state of Arkansas mandate, Crystal Bridges and the Momentary require visitors and staff to wear face coverings for ages 10 and older indoors and outdoors. This state order requires every person in Arkansas to wear a face covering of the mouth and nose in all indoor and outdoor environments where there is exposure to non-household members and social distancing cannot be assured. Accordingly, face coverings should be worn on Crystal Bridges trails and grounds and the Momentary Green when close contact with non-household members could occur, including for programs and events, as well as at food and drink venues, except when eating and drinking.
  • Following the most recent recommendations from the CDC, face shields and face coverings with exhaust valves or vents are not allowed.
  • Masks are available upon entry and at outdoor events and venues for those who do not have one.
  • Signage will be in place to reinforce social distancing rules, including designated paths noted for guests throughout the spaces.
  • All staff and volunteers will undergo temperature checks prior to entering the building.
  • Cleaning and sanitization will increase with the addition of hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.


3. Some museum spaces remain closed or have limited service

  • Galleries will be open but interactive works of art will not be in use and hands-on engagements including audio guides will be suspended until further notice. Visitors are encouraged to download the Crystal Bridges app.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, and the Studio artmaking space will remain closed until further notice due to limited space for social distancing.
  • The Library will be open with limited capacity and access to computers, as well as increased cleaning procedures. Digital library resources are available HERE.
  • Eleven will be open and will operate at one-third capacity. Seating and tables will be cleaned before/after each use. Face coverings must be worn by all guests when not seated at their assigned table.
  • The Coffee Bar will be open with guests queuing at six-feet distance with the help of floor markings. Touchless transactions are being tested and plexiglass barriers at the register have been installed.
  • Shuttles between the Crystal Bridges entrance and additional parking will run; all riders (staff and guests) must wear face coverings. Riders will be spaced to honor physical distancing and the seats will be cleaned between trips. The shuttle between the Momentary, Crystal Bridges, and 21c Museum Hotel will not be operating until further notice.


4. Enjoy the temporary Museum Store pop-up across from the Coffee Bar

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

While the Museum Store is temporarily closed for lobby construction (January 18 – March 2021), visitors can enjoy a pop-up store experience located across from the Coffee Bar. Visitors can also shop the Museum Store online with select products available for purchase.


5. The trails will remain open

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

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.


6. Programs will still be offered virtually

Photo by Tram Colwin.

Virtual programs and artmaking classes will still be offered through sign-up on the Crystal Bridges website for those who would like to maintain physical distancing.


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 open, 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 to the museum soon.



  1.' Nancy Harris Rhodes says:

    Will the Museum Store be opened?

  2.' Glenda Brazzel says:

    I have tried for days to purchase tickets for July 10th or other dates and it will not let me purchase tickets. I am a member and would like to know why I cannot get tickets for me and a guest. It’s very frustrating!!

    •' Erica Harmon says:

      Hi Glenda,
      Apologies that it’s been difficult to get tickets. Since you are a member, you may also call the Member Priority Line at 479.418.5728 to reserve tickets via phone.

  3.' Deb Shahan says:

    We are planning a visit there this July. Any hope that the Frank Lloyd Wright house will open by then? Trying to decide what time to be the tickets for. Do the trails require timed entry ticket too? Or, can you go separately from the timed entry ticket to the museum? Can outside picnic food for the trails be brought in? Are the trails open earlier than the museum? Thanks.

    •' Erica Harmon says:

      Hi Deb,

      Thanks for your question. At this time, we do not foresee reopening the Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House in July. If anything changes, however, we will be sure to tell you on our blog and social media channels.


    Will be able to bring a sketch pad in and do some sketching of the art displayed?

    •' Erica Harmon says:

      Hi Johnathon,

      Absolutely! Sketching with pencils or colored pencils is permitted in the galleries. Easels are not permitted.

  5.' margie says:

    once you get in at your timed slot, how long may you stay?

    •' Erica Harmon says:

      Hi Margie,

      There is no limit to your stay once you arrive. You are welcome to stay as long as you like!

  6.' Susan says:

    Is the Forest Concert Series cancelled for July?

  7.' Diane says:

    Do the trails require timed tickets also? And do trails close when museum closes or are they open longer on mondays?

  8.' Heather says:

    We are planning to bring our school-age program to Crystal Bridges to walk the trails in a few weeks. We will have about 15 students from ages 6-10 and three adults. We plan to bring masks for our boys and girls to wear and just plan to stay on the trails. While we are there we know we will have to take some restroom breaks. Will there be bathrooms available for our boys and girls to use while we are there?

  9.' Glenda j Allen says:

    What does a “timed slot” mean? I saw a question about this earlier and the answer said, “There is no limit to your stay once you arrive. You are welcome to stay as long as you like.”

    •' Erica Harmon says:

      Hi Glenda,

      That is correct. Crystal Bridges is limiting the number of guests to maintain a one-third capacity per state guidelines for indoor venues. Timed tickets or timed slots ensure the museum has limited attendance per state guidelines. General admission to the museum is still free, but timed slots let us know when we can expect you. Tickets can be reserved here:

  10.' Louis Marquet says:

    We six (my brother and sister plus their spouses) are planning to visit late April and are interested in knowing what, if any, special exhibits are planned so that we may decide whether or not to purchase the extra cost tickets.

  11.' Roger Anderson says:

    Will the light display be on Friday nights in April?

  12.' Mary Suhm says:

    may I bring my camera for personal photos?

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