May 20, 2021 At the Museum Summer is calling! Crystal Bridges is pumped and ready to welcome everyone to experience the power of art and the beauty of nature. From new art in the galleries and on the trails to the return of on-site activities to new spaces and exhibitions, there is so much to experience at Crystal Bridges this summer. Use this blog to check out our summer offerings and plan your visit today! A few things to know before you go: Timed Ticket Update: As of June 1, we will no longer require timed ticket entry at Crystal Bridges. The Momentary will continue to have free admission, no tickets required. Face Covering Policy Update: Per CDC guidelines, visitors and staff who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear face coverings. If visitors are not vaccinated against COVID-19, face coverings are still required. Face coverings are still recommended for children 2 and up unless they are vaccinated. Face coverings will be available upon entry for those who do not have one. Enjoy Summer Hour: Beginning Memorial Day (Monday, May 31), the Crystal Bridges galleries will open at 10 a.m. each day the museum is open, offering an extra summer hour to enjoy art, architecture, and nature! Find inspiration in the galleries One of the most exciting things about exploring the galleries at Crystal Bridges is learning something you never knew before, whether it’s about art history, American history, or simply human history. The stories each artwork tells are rich and vibrant, offering new perspectives from all walks of life. Guest favorites include works by Gilbert Stuart, Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Maya Lin, Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley, Dale Chihuly, Yayoi Kusama, and more. Museum visitors can also enjoy free, focus exhibitions through the gallery such as This Is the Day and What I Know: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey (opening June 26). These exhibitions pair artworks together to focus on a specific theme, such as the resilience of the Black church or what it means for an artist to have knowledge. Share your favorites with us on social with #CrystalBridges. Visit our summer exhibition, Crystal Bridges at 10 Maxfield Parrish, The Lantern Bearers, 1908, oil on canvas mounted on board. Celebrate a decade of Crystal Bridges…and counting! Crystal Bridges at 10 is a new exhibition with 10 immersive art experiences, accessible and welcoming to all ages. Primarily drawing from the museum’s collection, the exhibition features 130+ artworks, presenting crowd favorites in new ways and showcasing works never before on view at the museum. Step into a life-size tableau vivant, or living picture, of The Lantern Bearers (pictured above). Watch an artist create a new work of art in the galleries before your eyes. And so much more. Crystal Bridges at 10 opens Sunday, July 11 and runs through September 27, 2021. Tickets coming soon! Explore the trails, including new acquisitions in the North Forest Artist Rashid Johnson sits on his new installation in the North Forest. (Please do not climb on the art.) Did you know Crystal Bridges offers five miles of walking and biking trails around the museum? In addition to enjoying the natural flora and fauna of the Ozark forest, visitors can also find over 30 sculptures along the trails to enjoy art against the backdrop of nature. This summer, we have added two new sculptures to the North Forest Trail: Brick House by Chakaia Booker and a long-term loan called The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni by Rashid Johnson (pictured above). This unique, midnight-blue, 20 x 20 x 20-foot, living greenhouse holds a collection of native and non-native plants that will change with the seasons. Enjoy outdoor music at the Forest Concert Series Photo by Marc F. Henning Live music is back in the North Forest! Every Saturday night in June and July, experience the Forest Concert Series, presented on the Coca-Cola Stage. This set of outdoor concerts merges national and local musicians in our beautiful North Forest, surrounded by art and nature. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy live music under the forest trees. A food truck and cash bar will be available throughout the night, as well as artmaking activities. Want to upgrade your Forest Concert experience? Reserve an all-inclusive VIP Forest Concert Globe! The VIP Globes include early admission, concierge beverage service for the evening, one savory and one sweet menu item per person, and reserved seats at the concert. Skip the lines at the food truck and bar by reserving your all-inclusive Forest Concert Globe Experience, and let us bring the drinks to you. See the Forest Concert Series lineup and learn more about Concert Globes here. Check out the museum’s new lobby area Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside. If you haven’t been to the museum in a while, the Crystal Bridges lobby might look a little different…but in a good way! The museum’s entrance, which used to be a courtyard, is now covered by a glass-ceiling dome, connecting the Museum Store to the main lobby area. Visitors can also enjoy a new wall to find maps, information, and coloring pages to enhance the museum visit experience. The lobby area will have some new additions throughout the summer, including new furniture, new check-in kiosks, and more. Looking for weeknight plans? Make it a date night at the museum. Weeknights at Crystal Bridges are magical. They tend to be less crowded, offering opportunities for slow looking in the galleries and enjoying bar specials in Eleven. We recommend making a date night of it! Order a glass of wine or beer and snacks during Happy Hour (Wed-Fri, 4-6:30 p.m.) in Eleven and admire the evening views of the Ozark forest all around you. Better yet: bring your own colored pencils to the museum (or purchase a set in the Museum Store), pick up a few coloring pages from the wall in the lobby, and have an adult coloring night with a glass of wine. Crystal Bridges is open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. Participate in artmaking programs and Summer Camps Artmaking activities are making their way back on-site at the museum! Check out our calendar for a full list of activities and see what you can participate in during your visit. Drop-In Artmaking activities happen every Saturday and Sunday afternoon and are a great way to engage in free art activities at the museum. Looking for something for the kids to do this summer? Consider signing them up for a Summer Camp at Crystal Bridges! These weeklong camps are arranged for different age groups, offering opportunities to engage with the museum and practice their artmaking around a specific theme. See the full lineup of Summer Camps and learn more here. Visit Bentonville during your trip Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside. Downtown Bentonville is accessible from Crystal Bridges by way of the trails. From the south entrance of the museum, walk south on the Art Trail, which then turns into the Crystal Bridges Trail, until you arrive at Lawrence Plaza on 3rd St. From there, you can enjoy more art at 21c Museum Hotel, walk the Bentonville Square, or keep heading south to E St. to visit the museum’s contemporary art space satellite, the Momentary (where admission is always free). We look forward to greeting you this summer!