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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Museum & Buildings
Trails and Grounds open daily sunrise to sunset.
Opened to the public on November 11, 2011, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation. Since opening, the museum has welcomed nearly 5 million visitors with no cost for admission. The museum is nestled on 120 acres of Ozark landscape and was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Crystal Bridges offers public programs including lectures, performances, classes, and teacher development opportunities. Some 280,000 school children have participated in the Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost to the schools. Through the Tyson Scholars of American Art program, Crystal Bridges encourages and supports pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships that seek to expand boundaries or traditional categories of investigation into American art.
On February 22, 2020 Crystal Bridges opened the Momentary, a satellite space. The Momentary features today’s visual, performing, and culinary arts in a space that champions contemporary art’s role in everyday life. The Momentary also supports an artist-in-residence program.
Crystal Bridges’ collection spans five centuries of American art from the seventeenth century to today and is comprised of 3,000 paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, and new media. The collection development focuses on artwork that expands American art, including artwork by artists with diverse backgrounds, working in a wide range of media. Special interests include craft, Native American art, and art that addresses multiple perspectives and stories. The collection is available online. Crystal Bridges’ research library consists of approximately 60,000 volumes as well as significant manuscript and ephemera holdings. The library also houses a comprehensive collection of American color-plate books from the nineteenth century.
The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program supports full-time scholarship in an expansive definition of American art and visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present. The program was established in 2012 through a $5 million commitment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc. Since its inception, the Tyson Scholars program has supported the work of 46 scholars, attracting academic professionals in a variety of disciplines from across the country and internationally.
Within approximately a four-mile radius of the Museum, there are a variety of businesses including coffee shops, multiple grocery stores, post office, bank/ATM machines, restaurants, and dry cleaners. Bentonville is fairly pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. For more information on the local vicinity see the Visit Bentonville website and the Explore Northwest Arkansas website.
Downtown Bentonville website
Visit Rogers website
City of Springdale website
Experience Fayetteville website
Fayetteville Flyer news website
City of Eureka Springs website
Arkansas State Parks website