A world-class collection of American art, stunning architecture, and 120 acres of Ozark forest with five miles of trails. Admission to the museum is always free.
Planning a visit to Crystal Bridges this spring? Use this guide to learn what’s on and what to expect this season.
We have something for all types of learners. From educator resources to family activities to scholars, find what speaks to you and engage with us.
Coming soon to a library near you, the art lab brings artmaking, music, storytelling, and more.
Find opportunities to give and keep art accessible to all, become a member, or join our team.
Crystal Bridges members receive year-round perks, invitations to member-only events, travel opportunities, and more!
Museum & Buildings
Trails and Grounds open daily sunrise to sunset.
The trails and museum will be closed June 6 – 8 for private events. The North Forest Trail will remain open to the public at these times.
The Crystal Bridges Library features more than 50,000 volumes pertaining to American art and art history, plus archives containing personal papers and other artist ephemera, and access to several online resources. The Library provides the highest quality of access to resources and services, as well as commitment to the highest ethical standards for privacy, copyright, intellectual freedom, and preservation of information. The Library is located on the museum’s third floor and is open during all museum public hours.
Search the library catalog
Search the archives
Crystal Bridges Library is non-circulating: art reference books and resources are available for use in the museum Library only. Our catalog can be accessed from any computer via the Internet. Computers are available for Library guests, as well as additional stations for laptop use. Subscription resources and e-journals can be accessed from the Library computers or via wireless Internet within the museum. Please see guidelines for computer use. The Library’s Special Collections and Archives are available for private viewing by appointment.
Museum librarians are available for class instruction sessions and Library class tours are available for any higher education art or art history course. Please see University of Arkansas Art Resources and Art Libguides for specific course research
All museum guests, students, and community members are welcome to use these databases at the museum Library. Passwords and access available only from museum Library computers. University of Arkansas students can access electronic resources using your current UARK login and password. Non-university users can access selected electronic resources from UA Library or Crystal Bridges Library public computers.
Available in the Crystal Bridges Library Current Periodicals Section
American Art Periodicals
Crystal Bridges librarians or scholars collaborate to prepare digital exhibitions or other online resources, often based on materials held in the Library’s historical collection. These research-based materials are made available for all as a means of providing insight into the Library’s resources and to increase public access to the materials herein. We will continue to add to these resources as new projects are developed.
The Artists’ Letters and Manuscripts are the physical property of Crystal Bridges museum of American Art. The collection is arranged alphabetically by artist, then chronologically by item.
The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials. To schedule a viewing, or to obtain permission to publish, reproduce, or cite these materials, please contact Library@CrystalBridges.org.
Items in the Artists’ Letters and Manuscripts Collection were largely amassed between 2005 and 2007, however, the museum continues to add material to the collection. When available, information regarding provenance accompanies the finding-aid entries. There are seven boxes and a finding aid for each box. Artist names are listed under box numbers.
Index of Artists in Manuscripts
Learn about the museum’s newly digitized Artist Letters and Manuscripts collection.