Guided Tours for Groups
Guided Tours must be coordinated with the Group Tours Department a minimum of 14 days in advance. To secure a date that works for your group, we encourage you to schedule as far in advance as possible.
Private, guided Group Tours are offered daily to groups having a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum of 60 guests. Private Group Tours are not available on Tuesdays when the museum is closed.
Learn more about the architecture of Crystal Bridges. This tour introduces you to the unique architectural features of Moshe Safdie’s design and provides insights into some of the challenges the site posed to engineers.
Art Trail Tour
One of the Museum’s Trail Guides will introduce you to some of the sculptures, waterways, and native plants found along Crystal Bridges’ Art Trail. This tour follows a paved trail, but includes a steep incline. Please wear appropriate footgear.
Women in Art Tour
Learn more about some of the fascinating female artists in Crystal Bridges’ collection. A Gallery Guide will introduce you to some works by artists you might not be familiar with plus some well-known favorites, such as works by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth and Mary Cassatt.
Temporary Exhibition Tour
Crystal Bridges is pleased to offer several temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Reserved, timed tickets are often required, and an additional fee may apply. The Group Tour Team will help your group with reserving tickets when applicable.
The Big Picture Tour
A fun overview of the three basic pillars of the Crystal Bridges experience: art, nature, & architecture. Your group will discuss highlights of the architectural design, meet one of the Museum’s most iconic paintings, and travel to Crystal Spring.
Meal Options For Guided Group Tours
A minimum of 14 days’ notice is required to schedule pre-set meals. A final count for the number of meals is required 14 days prior to the scheduled event so we can properly accommodate your group with delicious meals.
- In Bellows and Cassatt meeting rooms
- 30 minimum to 60 maximum
- $15 per person (plus tax)
- In Eleven at Crystal Bridges
- 10 minimum to 40 maximum
- $16.50 per person (plus tax)
- In Eleven at Crystal Bridges
- Please contact the Group Tour Department for more information.
College Group Tour
Due to current CDC recommendations regarding school field trips, we will not be conducting in-person school tours until Fall 2021. However, we do have virtual tours available for college and university students. If you are a college or university student group, and would like to schedule a virtual tour, please complete the following form.
Arrivals & Delays
Tour Groups should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tour/meal time. If your group arrives earlier than scheduled, one of our attendants will help you connect with a member of the Group Tours staff.
In the event of a travel delay, groups should contact Crystal Bridges to inform the Group Tour staff as soon as possible. Crystal Bridges cannot guarantee Tour Guide availability for groups arriving 15 minutes or more after their scheduled tour time.
Directions & Parking
If traveling by motor coach, bus, or van (vehicles with a seating capacity greater than 15), please inform your driver to drop guests off at the main entrance. After all guests have disembarked the motor coach, the driver will need to park at Orchards Park, which is located directly across NE J Street from the museum entrance. The walk to the museum from Orchards Park, via our beautiful trails, is approximately 10 minutes.
If traveling by cars, simply park in the upper or lower parking areas located adjacent to the museum. If these lots are filled, you may park in the Additional Parking lot near NE J Street. There is a regular shuttle service between this lot and the main entrance to the museum. The parking garage offers accessible parking on the lower level.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is committed to making the galleries and grounds accessible for all visitors. Please note that our efforts to make our website, programs, and museum more accessible are ongoing. A number of on-site accommodations are offered for guests with disabilities in order to assure an enjoyable and engaging experience at the museum. View a list of amenities available. If you have questions, please contact us.
14 days’ notice is required to cancel a tour.