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.
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Trails and Grounds open daily sunrise to sunset.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has a world-class collection of American art and stunning architecture, nestled in 120 acres of Ozark woods with over five miles of trails. Needless to say, we have something for everyone!
Admission to the museum and trails is always free. Some exhibitions require an entry fee.
Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we recommend that all visitors ages 2 and up wear a face covering while indoors. In addition, we require all staff to wear face coverings indoors, as well as guests who are not yet vaccinated. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one.
SAT | SUN | MON 10 AM—6 PM
WED | THU | FRI 10 AM—9 PM
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Crystal Bridges Trails and Grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily and during museum hours.
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600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712
The museum is located on Museum Way, off NE J Street in Bentonville, Arkansas. If you are entering Bentonville from Interstate 49, take exit 88B if you’re driving north (exit 88 if you’re driving south) and go west on Central Avenue. Travel .3 miles and turn right onto John DeShields Boulevard. After you cross the roundabout at NE J Street, DeShields becomes Museum Way. This road takes you to the museum entrance and parking garage.
On Foot or Bicycle
The museum is accessible via the paved Orchard Trail from Orchards Park. You may also walk or bike to the museum via the paved Crystal Bridges Trail, part of the City of Bentonville trail system. From the Bentonville Downtown Square follow the Crystal Bridges Trail to the Art Trail, which passes by the Skyspace sculpture The Way of Color, by James Turrell and ends at the museum’s south entrance. Cyclists, please ride slowly and stay on the trail, as this trail has a grade of up to nine percent. There are bicycle racks at the museum’s south entrance and in the museum parking lot.
Flying into Bentonville
Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) is located 15 minutes by car from the museum. Rental cars and limousine service are available from XNA. If you are traveling by private aircraft, you can fly into the Bentonville Municipal Airport (VBT) which is only three miles from Crystal Bridges. The airport can handle all general aviation aircraft up to light jets. Larger private aircraft can fly into Rogers Municipal Airport (KROG).
The museum’s GPS coordinates: 36.379124, -94.196584 (+36° 22′ 44.85″, -94° 11′ 47.72″)
Complimentary parking is available in the museum parking garage. Follow the signs on Museum Way. The parking garage offers ADA-compliant parking. The garage often fills up on busy days.
The museum’s main drive connects to a drop-off area at the museum’s ADA-accessible front entrance located by Roxy Paine’s tree-like sculpture Yield. Cars and buses may stop here to load and unload passengers. No parking is allowed in this area.
During especially busy days, guests may need to park in the upper parking lot on Museum Way, or at Orchards Park across NE J Street, and walk to the museum entrance via the Orchard Trail. There is no RV parking available on the Crystal Bridges grounds. RVs may park at Orchards Park.
Shuttle Stop at the Hydration Station
Shuttles run continuously during museum operating hours and connect the additional parking lot and the museum’s main entrance. The Coca-Cola Hydration Station is a covered pavilion located at the museum’s additional parking lot near the Orchards Trail. The Hydration Station serves as a shelter for Crystal Bridges guests awaiting the museum’s shuttle to the main entrance. It also houses vending machines offering Coca-Cola, Dasani, Powerade and other beverages to refresh thirsty museum guests and those walking the Crystal Bridges trails.
Located in the museum’s main lobby, Guest Services is your resource for many museum amenities and services including Lost and Found, maps, brochures, self-guided and audio tours, and information about guided tours and educational programs. Guests may also purchase or pick up tickets here.
Large items, including backpacks, backpack-style child carriers, tripods, umbrellas, or any package or other item larger than 11 x 15″ are not allowed in the galleries. Self-service checkrooms are located in the lower lobby (one level down from the main lobby), and adjacent to the south lobby. Lockers are provided for your valuables at no charge in both checkrooms and in the north lobby.
Front carriers are allowed in the galleries, as are sling-style child carriers. Backpack style carriers are not permitted. Those can be stored in the checkroom during your visit.
Crystal Bridges offers several technological resources our guests can access here at the museum, out on the trails, or at home.
On the first floor near the Great Hall there is a private room that can be used, when it is available, by nursing mothers who prefer a private setting. Please ask a museum security officer or Guest Services for access.
There are restrooms in the following locations inside the museum, with family restrooms and changing stations available at each. Consult your museum map for exact locations.
Outdoor restrooms are available on the North Forest Trail, at the Skyspace on the Art Trail, and on the Crystal Bridges Trail across from the Overlook.
Guests are welcome to bring their own wheelchairs (motorized or non-motorized). A limited number of wheelchairs are available from Guest Services on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost.
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. Below is a list of amenities available. If you have questions about our accommodations, please contact us.
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All interior spaces of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—including galleries, classrooms, meeting rooms, restaurant, Museum Store, library, and lobby—are fully wheelchair accessible. The parking garage offers accessible parking on the lower level. Wheelchair and family-accessible restrooms and elevators are located throughout the museum. Wheelchairs and walkers are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost and are located at Guest Services in the main lobby, and in the elevator towers, and in the lower lobby checkroom. Personal wheelchairs, canes with rubber tips, and motorized mobility devices are also permitted in the museum. The Orchard Trail, Art Trail, and North Forest Trail are all hard-surface trails.
Service animals are welcome in the museum. Crystal Bridges abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and allows service animals―animals trained to do work or perform specific tasks for the benefit of an individual with disabilities―into all the public areas of the museum. The ADA does not currently recognize emotional support animals, therefore emotional support animals and all other animals not specifically covered in the Americans with Disabilities Act will not be permitted within the museum. Other leashed pets must remain outside the building, which includes Walker Landing, but are welcome on museum trails and grounds.
Because Crystal Bridges has many large windows that admit daylight, the light levels in the museum can vary considerably between galleries and connecting reflection spaces. Guests with light sensitivity may choose to visit on cloudy days or in the evening when these contrasts are not so pronounced. When there are exhibitions featuring artworks with flashing lights, signage notifying visitors of where these lights are located will be available. Additionally, Buckyball by Leo Villareal is a sculpture located on the drive into the museum with lights that change colors in the evening.
Access for Guests Who are Blind or Have Low Vision
Free audio tours, which include audio label text and verbal description for selected artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, are available for download on Android or Apple devices. Devices pre-loaded with the audio tours, to use during your visit to the museum, are available for check-out from Guest Services at no cost. Free tactile and multisensory tours of the museum are offered upon request with advanced notice based on availability. To schedule a tour, please contact us.
CART captioning is available for all Distinguished Speaker and Spotlight lectures.
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive Listening Devices are available on a first-come, first-served basis for those participating in lectures or other events in the Great Hall. For all other programs or tours, they are available by request.
Sign Language Interpretation
American Sign Language interpretation is provided for Collection Highlights tours on the third Saturday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Sign Language interpretation for all other programs and tours is offered upon request with advanced notice based on availability. American Sign Language interpretation for all other programs and tours is offered upon request with advanced notice based on availability. Please contact us about sign language interpretation. Relay or voice calls are welcome.
EnChroma Glasses for Colorblindness
Several pairs of EnChroma colorblind glasses are available for guests who are colorblind to use at no cost during their museum visit. The museum can provide glasses for indoor and outdoor viewing in adult and youth sizes, and there are also fit-over glasses available for guests who wear regular glasses. These glasses are available for check-out at the Guest Services desks in the main, north, and south lobbies. To check-out, please present a form of ID to leave at the Guest Services desk while you use the glasses during your museum visit.
Some Dos and Don’ts to help make visiting Crystal Bridges as enjoyable as possible for all our guests.
Please refer to our policy page for details on our health and safety measures.
Crystal Bridges is committed to the principles of welcoming, sharing, and respect for all. The museum reserves the right to refuse admission to or eject any person whose conduct the museum deems to be disorderly or abusive or who fails to comply with these or other museum rules.
Food & Drink
Food, drinks, and chewing gum are not allowed in museum galleries. Please enjoy a meal at Eleven or a snack at the Coffee Bar located off the lobby. Order your meal from Eleven to go and eat at tables provided outside on Walker Landing. Picnicking is encouraged on museum trails and grounds, including in the Tulip Tree Shelter. We ask that guests not bring coolers, chairs, or other gear onto Walker Landing.
Please limit mobile phone conversations to non-gallery spaces, lobbies, restaurant, or museum grounds. If you are using your phone to participate in museum audio tours, headphones or earbuds are encouraged in galleries.
Leashed pets are welcome on the museum trails and grounds but are not permitted inside the building or on Walker Landing.
You are welcome to take photographs or video of works in the permanent collection galleries for personal use provided that no tripod/monopod or flash is used. Temporary exhibitions may not allow photography. Please check for signage about restrictions as you enter a temporary exhibition, or ask a Gallery Guide. Permits are required for professional photography or video inside the museum. To ensure a positive experience for you, while maintaining a pleasant experience for our many guests, please be aware of the rules and guidelines, provided below. Review our photo/video guidelines.
Promotional Photography Notice / Implied Consent
Visiting Crystal Bridges or participating in Crystal Bridges’ programs constitutes an agreement by the guest or participant and/or the parent or guardian to allow the museum to photograph or film guests or program participants, without compensation, for possible use in publicity.
Sketching with pencils or colored pencils is permitted. Easels are not permitted.
Crystal Bridges campus is tobacco-free except for a designated smoking zone: the area west of the south entrance.
No weapons are permitted on the museum campus.
Northwest Arkansas is easily accessible by plane and by car. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is served by several international airlines. Other metropolitan areas such as Tulsa, Little Rock, Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, and Dallas are within a half-day’s drive.
While you’re in Bentonville, visiting the art museum, be sure to check out the rest of what Northwest Arkansas has to offer. Music, theater, restaurants, shopping, sports, outdoor activities, and attractions abound.
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