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Cheers to 10 Years

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors on November 11, 2011 with a mission of welcoming all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature.

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10 Years of Meaningful Memories

Browse a collection of stories about Crystal Bridges during its first decade, submitted by visitors and staff!

 

“I visited with a friend back in 2018 and introduced him to visual arts. We walked through the ENTIRE museum and walking trails. We got up close with squirrels and birds. We saw deer enjoying their habitat. We attended a concert in the forest. That friend turned into my boyfriend, fiance, and now my husband. We’re celebrating our second anniversary soon.” —Mechon Hall

a couple kisses in eleven during a new year's eve party

Celebration Beverages

We teamed up with Onyx Coffee Lab, Bentonville Brewing Company, and Fox Trail Distillery to create a coffee blend, a beer, and a gin to celebrate 10 years of Crystal Bridges.

Anniversary Blend
Onyx Coffee Lab
Onyx Coffee Lab’s Anniversary Blend coffee has a creamy taste with hints of baker’s chocolate, sorghum, dried berries, and burnt panela. Now available at Crystal Bridges!

Art Maker Beer
Bentonville Brewing Company
A redesign of BBC’s popular Homewrecker IPA, this beer mixes the aroma of citra hops with honey malt that carries through the body for a lavish finish. Now available at Crystal Bridges!

Cheers to 10 Years Gin
Fox Trail Distillery
Cheers to 10 Years is a crafted gin made on-site at Fox Trail Distillery in Rogers, Arkansas and aged for two years in used bourbon barrels―only available for a limited time. Available at Fox Trail or served in cocktails at Eleven.

Members: Enjoy extra perks during Anniversary Weekend!

November is for members! Crystal Bridges members enjoy these additional perks:
  • November 11: Come see us on Crystal Bridges’ birthday and enjoy member-only cookies and stickers.
  • November 11-14:
    • Free coffee on us! Pick up a coupon at the front desk and treat yourself at the Coffee Bar.
    • At North Forest Lights, enjoy a Member Glow Package which includes glow sticks, rings, and more to keep you glowing in the dark.
Not a member? Join today!

Blogs

10 Years of Meaningful Memories, Submitted by Teachers and Students
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10 Years of Meaningful Memories, Submitted by Teachers and Students

Activities & Education People & Community

Join us in reminiscing on our first decade by browsing meaningful memories submitted by students and educators who have enjoyed the museum’s free school programs.

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Meet Our 10-Year'd Staff: Sally Clifton
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Meet Our 10-Year'd Staff: Sally Clifton

People & Community

Meet Guest Services Associate Sally Clifton, who is celebrating 10 years at Crystal Bridges.

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Revisiting Wonder World, Crystal Bridges’ Inaugural Exhibition
picture of a gallery from the exhibition wonder world, including a sculpture of a table with grass and dirt on top of it

Revisiting Wonder World, Crystal Bridges’ Inaugural Exhibition

Art & Collection Exhibitions
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10 Years of Meaningful Memories, Submitted by Visitors (Part II)
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10 Years of Meaningful Memories, Submitted by Visitors (Part II)

People & Community

Join us in reminiscing on our first decade by browsing meaningful memories submitted by members of our community.

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Meet Our 10-Year'd Staff: Carol Roberts
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Meet Our 10-Year'd Staff: Carol Roberts

People & Community

Meet Group Tours Associate Carol Roberts, who is celebrating 14 years at Crystal Bridges.

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Meet Some 10-Plus-Year Volunteers
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Meet Some 10-Plus-Year Volunteers

People & Community Volunteer Spotlight

Get to know some of the museum’s volunteers who have been volunteering since the beginning: 10+ years!

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Meet Our 10-Year'd Staff: Jennifer Dunham
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Meet Our 10-Year'd Staff: Jennifer Dunham

People & Community

Meet Director of Internal Communications Jennifer Dunham, who is celebrating 12 years at Crystal Bridges.

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Meet Our 10-Year'd Staff: Trisha Parker
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Meet Our 10-Year'd Staff: Trisha Parker

People & Community

Meet Preparator and Mountmaker Trisha Parker, who is celebrating 10 years at Crystal Bridges.

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10 Years of Meaningful Memories, Submitted by Staff
a staff member dressed as rosie the riveter receives a kiss from her husband

10 Years of Meaningful Memories, Submitted by Staff

People & Community

Join us in reminiscing on our first decade by browsing meaningful memories submitted by the museum’s staff members.

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10 Years of Meaningful Memories, Submitted by Visitors
a couple kisses in eleven during a new year's eve party

10 Years of Meaningful Memories, Submitted by Visitors

People & Community

Join us in reminiscing on our first decade by browsing meaningful memories submitted by members of our community.

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Meet Our 10-Year’d Staff: Alison Nation
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Meet Our 10-Year’d Staff: Alison Nation

People & Community

Meet Marketing Director Alison Nation, who is celebrating 13 years at Crystal Bridges this December. 

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10 Spaces Around Crystal Bridges You May Not Know About
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10 Spaces Around Crystal Bridges You May Not Know About

At the Museum

In celebration of our upcoming 10-year anniversary, here are 10 lesser-known spots around the museum to discover on your next visit.

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The 2021 Crystal Bridges Fall Season Guide
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The 2021 Crystal Bridges Fall Season Guide

At the Museum

Planning a visit to Crystal Bridges this fall? Use this guide to learn what’s on and what to expect this season.

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Press Coverage

10th Anniversary Season Recognition