NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Jayson Overby, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art curatorial assistant, presents a ‘gallery conversation’ Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, about Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s work ‘Mama, Mummy and Mamma (Predecessors #2)’ (right) at the museum in Bentonville. The program discussed the piece and how Crosby’s work explores the ‘cultural terrain’ between her home country of Nigeria and her adopted home in Los Angeles, according to a press release from the museum.

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Welcome to Northwest Arkansas! We’re so glad you’re here. At Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, our mission is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Since opening in 2011, the museum has welcomed all visitors with no cost for admission.

The museum is nestled on 120 acres of Ozark landscape with a collection that spans five centuries of American masterworks from colonial to current day and is enhanced by temporary exhibitions. Additional museum amenities include a restaurant (Eleven), gift store, library, and four miles of art and walking trails.


Crystal Bridges offers year-round public programs and networking opportunities for all ages, from young professionals to families, including lectures, performances, classes, and parties.

Some of the specific programs include the Distinguished Speaker Series, Forest Concert Series, Parties, and a series of culinary events pairing art with food and drink. On any given day, the museum has events happening, so be sure to check the event calendar on their website before visiting!



Eleven is authentically local, sustainable, and an enhancement of the art and culture at the museum. The cuisine is High South, an in-house concept that elevates Southern home cooking in the Ozarks. Lunch is served throughout the week, dinner is served Wed-Fri, and buffet brunch is served on Sunday.

Reservations are available for dinner and brunch. The Coffee Bar at Eleven serves beverages and grab-and-go snacks throughout the day.

Become A Member

Consider becoming a member of Crystal Bridges and receive a wide range of benefits such as free admission to all temporary exhibitions, 20% discounts off programs, classes, workshops, camps, and lectures, 10% off Museum Store purchases, complimentary subscription to C, the member magazine, member priority access in the main lobby and Eleven, regional travel opportunities, and more!

Additionally, membership support helps fund free or low-cost events, classes, and community outreach that allow Crystal Bridges to make the power of art accessible to all.

To learn more, visit CrystalBridges.org.